"Regardless of our age, ethnicity, beliefs, identity or any other factors we use to define ourselves, inevitably, we will all experience suffering. It is not the suffering itself but our response to the suffering that can truly unleash the pure potential within us."
Randell Adjei is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, Arts Educator and Community Leader who uses the spoken word to empower and transform through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto's largest and longest running youth led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment).
The beat of his art was found after years of being lost. He found himself by turning his struggles around to inspire others. His story is one of an Alchemist who truly transformed his life from rock to gold inspiring everyone he comes into contact to strive to unearth the pure potential within them.
Randell shares these messages on various stages as an emcee/host, performer and arts practitioner.
Randell is also a MaRS DD - Studio Y Cohort 2 Fellow, 1 of 5 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library’s (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project and a regularly sought after speaker and presenter with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic School Board.
A featured performer on TEDxUTSC and has shared stages with the likes of Jessie Reyez, Terry Crews, Paul Mooney, Maestro Fresh Wes and D’bi Young.
Local hero: Randell Adjei,
founder of event series and artist incubator RISE
Torontonian of the Year
Certifications, Training & Fellowships
Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Certification, 2016
Cascadoo Spoken Word Festival Residency (Trinidad), 2016
Design Thinking Certification, 2015
Project Management Certification, 2015
Black Isle Public Speaking Certification, 2015
Speakers University Art of Speaking, 2015
MarS DD Fellow, 2014/2015
YEMOYA International Residency Training, 2014
Performance Psychology Training 2014
Grassroots Youth Collaborative Mentorship Program, AVNU Certificate, 2014
Art of Facilitation Training, 2013
Agents of Change Entrepreneurship Program, 2013
Awards, Accolades, Achievements
Youth Arts Award, Toronto Arts Foundation, 2018
Local Hero, NOW Magazine, 2017
150 Neighbours Scarborough Award, 2017
Community Impact Award, New Bethel Int’l Ministries, 2016
Vital Ideas, Toronto Foundation, 2016
Harmony Youth Award, 2016
Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist Nominee, 2016
Vital Youth, Toronto, Foundation, 2015
Torontonian of the Year, CBC Metro Morning, 2015
Black Canadian Awards - Best Spoken Word winner, 2013
Agents of Change award, Centre of Social Innovation Toronto, 2013
Identify & Impact Street Level Advocate Awards, Toronto Youth Cabinet, 2012