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"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


150 Neighbours


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