On Monday October 9, digital strategist Mark Kaigwa and Kenyan YouTuber Aurthur Mandela (also known as Xtian Dela) engaged graduate and undergraduate students of communication in a forum dubbed “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) held at the Lecture Theater 5 in the Science Center, courtesy of Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Dr. Lucy Gichaga.

Mr. Kaigwa, the founder of Nendo - a strategy & storytelling consultancy for digital Africa - gave a talk on ‘Uncovering the uniqueness of social media in the African context’ where he emphasized on the audience being the first determinant of what social media platform to use and proposed POST (People, Objective, Strategies and technology) as a roadmap in developing a social media strategy.

Mr. Kaigwa was listed as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in 2013. “The default device in Africa is the mobile phone where a population of only 350 million has access to the internet,” he said.

Mr. Mandela, who in his words ‘bumped into social media’, shared his journey to fame through social media and also imparted advice on how to build a brand, emphasizing on the importance of being relevant offline and making offline relationships worthwhile.

“The best place to network is at events,” he said as he encouraged his audience to offer free business services to gain brand visibility, as well as the need for consistency in order to develop one’s brand.

Mr. Mandela has won several awards including the Best Twitter Personality in Africa in 2015, the Best Facebook profile in Africa in 2016 and the second Most Influential Twitter Personality in Africa in the Africa Bloggers Awards.
The 4th Edition of the Global Management Challenge (GMC) Kenya scheduled to take place from mid-October to February 2018 provides a platform for students to gain practical experience in managing key operational areas of businesses and understanding their interdependence. It further gives participants a chance to develop problem solving and analytical skills for economics, business, management and strategy among others.

The premier event brings together over half a million people from 30 countries globally, where 8 teams each comprising of 3 to 5 people analyze a company’s history, its management and performance for the 5 past years and come up with corporate strategy on how the business should operate to improve its general performance.

Winners from the Kenya edition will represent the country at international finals which will be held in Dubai next year and there after manage a generic business.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to form groups of three to five, then register through https://register.gmckenya.com at a cost of Ksh.4000 per team before or on Friday October 13, 2017.

GMC, the world’s largest strategy & management competition, started in 1980. It is currently organized in 35 countries around the world and is hosted by Greener Pastures.
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Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Ms. Deniz Eke (second right) hands over the “The Wild Side of Kenya” to the University Librarian Dr. Sylvia Ogola (right) on Thursday, October 5,in the Library and Information Center. Looking on is the DVC-Academic Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (center) and Associate DVC – Academic Affairs Prof. Munyae Mulinge. The book is part of a larger donation of thirty books from the Embassy of Turkey to the Library. Photo: Dan Muchai

On Friday, October 6, 2017 Her Excellency Ms. Deniz Eke the Turkish Ambassador of Turkey to Kenya handed over 30 books to the USIU-Africa Library & Information Center at a brief ceremony attended by senior university officials and faculty.

The USIU-Africa Library and Information Center won the Knowledge Ambassadors Best User Institution Award during the 5th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop and Competition held at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology.

USIU-Africa, which was also awarded a cash prize of R2000 and certificates for all the participants, recorded the highest usage statistics in the country despite its relatively smaller size. The competition, which was sponsored by Emerald Publishers, brought together over 100 students from nineteen universities across the country. The workshop themed, “Ethics in Education”, sought to curb plagiarism as well as promote the use of electronic resources in research.

A research paper by Dr. Kioko Ireri, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been published in the current issue of African Journalism Studies – Africa’s leading journal in the field of journalism and mass communication. The paper – “Job Autonomy: How Kenyan Newspeople Perceive Their Journalistic Latitudes” – examines job autonomy in news selection decision, media freedom, media freedom-job autonomy relationship, and predictors of journalistic autonomy.
Findings show that over half (59%) of respondents believe that there is enough media freedom in Kenya. Similarly, there is a positive correlation between media freedom and journalistic autonomy—a relationship though moderate is statistically significant. While four in 10 Kenyan journalists have “some freedom” in deciding what to include in news, only 15.5% enjoy “almost complete freedom,” and 31.7% have “a great deal of freedom.” When analysed by demographics and work-related variables, male journalists reported higher autonomy than their female colleagues. Older and more experienced journalists have more freedoms than those who are younger and limited in work experience. Journalists with advanced education (doctorate and MA degree holders), those employed on full-time basis, and high monthly earners enjoy more job autonomy. Kenyan journalists working for international media organizations reported far higher autonomy than those in the local media. Job satisfaction and job security emerged as the strongest predictors of journalistic autonomy in the Kenyan media. The study is based on a national representative sample of 504 journalists drawn from 62 media outlets in Kenya. The research paper is one of the ten variables that Dr. Ireri examined in his Indiana University- Bloomington doctoral dissertation – “Constructing A Portrait of Kenyan Journalists In The 21st Century: Demographics, Job Satisfaction, Influences On News Values and Autonomy, And Standards of Journalism Training”. Five other paper papers have been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Ethics, Journalism, Journalism Practice, and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.
By Jackline Chirchir

The USIU-Africa soccer basketball, hockey and handball team showcased grit and sweat in the recently held Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) Nairobi tournaments that took place on over the past weekend.

USIU-Africa’s women’s and men’s basketball team emerged victorious in all their matches against the other teams and their strength and determination featured prominently. The men’s soccer team beat Pan African University 3-2 and proceeded to the next level where they beat Mount Kenya University 2-0 on the 8th October and the women’s team beat Mount Kenya University with a win of 1-0.

In Hockey, USIU-Africa’s men’s and women’s team ruled supreme on the pitch and showcased great team work with a win of 26-29 against Kenyatta University Ruiru Campus and 3-1 against Mount Kenya University respectively.

“The games were a tight contest as all sides battled in the hunt of scores. Our teams have been preparing and the coaches have ensured they were ready and alert. The wins were ours from the beginning,” said USIU-Africa’s assistant sports coordinator Celestine Miriam. 

USIU-Africa’ men’s basketball team also managed to emerge winners with a win of 33-32 against Kenyatta University while their female counterparts lost to Kenyatta University 26-29.

In other sports the handball team cut their losses of 9-25 to Kenyatta University Ruiru.             
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The USIU-Africa men's rugby team pose for a group photo with the Associate DVC(Student Affairs) Dr. Josephine Arasa and Dean of Students Mr. Robert Onsarigo, when the team received a cheque for KES 75000 for emerging second at the international Kings of Rugby tournament held in Kisumu from October 7-8. From left: Kimanzi Marty (APT Sophomore), Charles Kuka (IR Sophomore), Joseph Kagima (IBA Senior), Nyote Wakanyote (IBA Sophomore), Joe Awori (IR Freshman), Dennis Lusweti (APT Freshman), Philip Baya (IBA Freshman), Wilfred Odhiambo (IBA Junior), Kumbirai Matongo (IR Junior), Junior Onyango (IR Junior), Kevin Munene (IBA Freshman), Eliud Mulakoli (IR Sophomore), Javan Oyombi (Journalism Sophomore), Martin Jeremy (IR Freshman), Derrrick Obiero (IBA Sophomore), Prince Mwendwa (IBA Freshman), Martin Juma (IR Freshman), Geoffrey Kiragu (IST Freshman) and Mike Kimwele (IBA Freshman).

By Dan Muchai & Antonio Longangi

USIU-Africa’s men's rugby team emerged second during the international edition of the King of Rugby Tournament this Sunday, October 8 at Maseno University in Kisumu. The team lost to the University of Johannesburg 24-14, with Mike Kimwele and Joe Awori scoring a try each, with were then converted by Charles Kuka.

The loss caps an otherwise stellar campaign which began Saturday, October 7 when they beat Technical University of Mombasa (24-19), followed by Multimedia University (30-nil). to propel them to the quarter-finals against Daystar University. The squeezed through with a slim 7-5 margin to face Mount Kenya University, whom they defeated 21-19 to proceed to the final.

According to the team captain Junior Onyango, they were quite happy to prove its naysayers wrong, advancing through the tournament without a single loss.  “In Kisumu, even though the crowd was pulling for the University of Johannesburg, I was so proud that my team and I represented USIU-Africa and Kenya so successfully, and against such a superior team.”

The team intents to donate some of the KES75000 winners earnings to a charity of their choice, later this semester, in line with one of the university’s core values of service to the community.

Back in July, the team lifted the Kenya Universities Sports Association Rugby League trophy with a 13-point gap between them and Kenyatta University.

The team attributes its success to the strength and conditioning program and their coach’s determination to nurture young talent. This is especially important given that the team lost members who graduated this Fall as members of the Class of 2017.

Anticipating this loss, the team recruited five new freshmen from the Class of 2021, who already had previous experience at high school level.  New members are taken through a rigorous training program involving fitness, ballwork, and team building activities.

A strength and conditioning program run by a specialized trainer Mr. Thomas Lagat, out of the new dedicated Sports Strength and Training Gym on the second floor of the Freida Brown Student Center, has helped the team maintain peak levels of physical fitness.

Mr. Dennis Mwanja the team coach believes his team is ready for the coming Kenya Rugby Union Championship League, which is expected to commence at the end of November. According to him, USIU-Africa has become a force to be reckoned with, and will not be an underdog during the rest of the national sevens circuit.

Despite the semi-finals loss during the Sepetuka Sevens held September 30-31 at the Eldoret Sports Club, the team looks forward to much better results in Kisumu for the Dala Sevens leg of the sevens circuit on October 21-22 at the Mamboleo showground.

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Members of the IT Club who helped organize and participated in the first ever PyConKE Conference held on campus on Friday,
September 29, pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the event. Photo:Antonio Longangi

Software developers from all over East Africa converged on campus on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29 to attend PyConKE 2017 - the first annual convention in Kenya that brought together software developers, techies, business people, startups, learning institutions and other institutions that have either an interest or a stake in the open source python programming language & related technologies in its ecosystem.

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Akaash Barot, a contestant for Mr. & Miss USIU-Africa receives a donation for the Altawoon Educational Center
during a fundraising drive on Wednesday, October 4 in the Chandaria School of Business. Photo: Victor Mshindi

Pupils from Altawoon Education Center were invited to interact contestants of the annual Mr & Miss USIU-Africa Beauty Pageant on Wednesday October 4. The school which has been identified as the charity for this year’s pageant, needs to construct basic educational infrastructure to qualify for registration as a national examination center.

On Saturday October 7, USIU-Africa and the Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE) hosted 16 graduands from the 8th Cohort of the Executive Diploma in Industrial Relations (EDIR) program under Chandaria School of Business (CSB) for a graduation ceremony at the Library Bookshop.

The program which is jointly offered by USIU-Africa and FKE, focuses on the theory and application of the primary knowledge and skills, required for those working in Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, and related areas. As managers and professionals, graduates of the program are expected to make effective contributions to the organizations by increasing their understanding and skills in effective industrial relations management.