The Opening ceremony featured the Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria, who delivered the keynote speech, in which he underlined the role of individuals in shaping the world, while inviting his audience to take charge of their lives and communities.

Journalism alumnus Abdi Latif Dahir, who is also graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism presented his documentary “Diamond in the Rough” – a treatise on Education in Somalia - followed by a discussion with his audience of 120 students.

The Pan-African Symposium was moderated by Dr. Maina Muchara and featured a panel of experts led by Ms. Muthoni Wanyeki (Regional Director - Amnesty International), who discussed the State of Human Rights in Africa and our Formal Education. Dr. Mari Nelson (Lecturer, University of Nairobi) presented on The Role of Education in Shaping Culture and Identity; Prof. Macharia Munene (Professor of History and International Relations) discussed African Education in History; and finally Dr. Duncan Ojwang (Law Lecturer, University of Nairobi) elaborated on “Questioning the Appropriateness of Legal Research in Kenya”.

The Paa Ya Paa Art & Cultural Center played host to six primary schools from Kasarani, during the BHM Family Fun Day, while a Coffee Chat hosted by Assistant Professors of Management Dashanaba Ella King and Scott Bellows discussed the panelists’ experiences within the context of race issues in the USA and Africa.

Finally, Prof. Leah Marang’u, Africa Nazarene University Vice Chancellor,concluded this year’s celebrations with a keynote speech on the role education should play in developing Africa, during the Closing Ceremony on Friday, February 28.

The BHM Faculty Patron, Assistant Professor Ella Dashanaba King expressed her satisfaction with the celebrations for the year 2017 terming their outcome as positive. She also noted that there was room for improvement in terms of participation within the university community, a challenge - she said - will be taken up in 2018.

The contribution from the experts and industry leaders and the involvement of the USIU-Africa community were factors to a successful celebration this year. “Students approached the observance with an inquisitive attention, which is new at the university” declared the Committee’s President Mr. Longangi Antonio Amandla.