Meet The Safewalkers: Team Malaika


Names/Class Years/Concentrations

Bonheur Karigirwa Class of ’19 & Nothando Adu-Gyamfi Class of ’19/Chemical Engineering (tentatively)

What is your Safewalk Team Name? Is there any background?

It’s Malaika. The world “Malaika” means “Angel” in Swahili. We would like to believe that we are acting as angels when walking people during the late hours of the night. We take pride in leaving people a bit less stressed when we safely drop them off after a tough night of late night studying.

How long have you been walking with Safewalk?

We both started this semester.

Why did you choose to apply to Safewalk?

Bonheur: Being a freshman, I thought It was the best way to meet new people in different settings and at the same time get to know the campus better. In addition, working at night worked best for me because my day schedule was already filed.

Nothando: I wanted a job that would enable me to interact with different people while also getting to know the Brown University Campus better.

What’s your favorite part of Safewalk?

Bonheur: I love the connection in our small community of safewalkers. I enjoy most the moment of walking a client.

Nothando: I love the conversations that we have with different people, especially upperclassmen who have given me great advice about my academics and life at Brown in general. It is also great now because we often have regular people that we have started walking which has made our job much more enjoyable.

What’s the weirdest/funniest/coolest thing that has happened to you on a Safewalk? 

Bonheur: I will never forget the night we safewalked a girl and at the end of the walk she gave us a warm hug , thanking us for walking her back to her dorm. It was so touching to see such genuine appreciation.

Nothando: Once we walked a young man who seemed to be unable to sleep and wanted to take a walk. Our conversation lasted the length of Thayer Street and it was very intriguing to discover that his roommate was from South Africa. We also discovered that he had been to my walking partner’s hometown in Rwanda. This connection was very random and extremely special for us.

Ok, a tough question now – Vests or Jackets?

Jackets! Love the faux “muscular” look. Plus, the more neon, the better.

What do you want everyone to know about Safewalk, and Safewalkers?

Safewalkers are available for everyone, and a lot of people are not really aware that they can call for Safewalkers. We simply want to keep you company in the mid of that cold night, accompany you through that creepy and scary alley , no matter how close your destination might be. Also, just because we’re walking in the opposite direction doesn’t mean we won’t turn around and walk you.