At 8 years old, Kemery Oparah is already a community-minded trailblazer who enjoys church and thinking of how she can give back to her community. The self-proclaimed president of the Nature Club she started at school, Kemery has a natural interest in gardening, animals and outdoor exploration. She occasionally volunteers by sorting vegetables for neighbors through a co-op program.
Always willing to lend a hand, Kemery collected stickers and school supplies to send to children in need in her grandpa’s hometown of Isi Ozi, Nigeria. As a Girl Scout, Kemery enjoys the many opportunities for spending time learning with friends, making new friends and volunteering. Her community service activities include participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the past five years. In addition to participating in several fun runs, one-mile and 5K runs in three states, Kemery has completed two triathlons and is gearing up for her third.
An avid reader, Kemery made it into the Millionaire Club at her school for reading over one million words in a school year. Happy about skipping second grade like First Lady Michelle Obama did as a child, Kemery is currently in fourth grade and continues to excel academically, earning recognition as a four-time spelling bee participant and for her science fair project. She enjoys reading, science, chess, engineering, building things, playing outside, music and dance, performing in Ballethnic’s production of the “Urban Nutcracker” for the past two years.
Although she is only eight years old, Kemery has been studying Japanese for the past seven years and reads, writes and speaks the language fluently. This year, Kemery was invited by her teacher at OMNI International School where she was learning Japanese to travel to Japan with her classmates and their families to put theory into practice. Told she would have to wait on the trip due to limited family financial resources, Kemery was inspired to take matters into her own hands.
On Jan. 27, she woke up and told her mother that she would be working from home that day because she needed to work on her business plan, business cards and logo. That day, Kemery started her own business, Kemery Kreates (KemeryKreates.com), selling leather braided bracelets hand engraved with custom names in Japanese. Desiring to help her friends earn money for the trip too, Kemery involved her friends to help make the bracelets, allowing Kemery Kreates to handle larger orders for schools or community organizations, fundraisers or employee appreciation gifts.
Also an amazing big sister to her one-year-old brother, Kemery’s love of life and wonderful sense of humor makes her a joy to be around. Keep your eyes and ears open for Kemery, who is already making a name for herself as a leader in the community. Great work, Kemery! South Fulton County is proud of you!