AIESEC digital Training
Ms. Vivienne Ethangatta (Digital and Social Media Manager, Safaricom) discusses Digital Marketing during the Digitalk Campus Edition hosted by AIESEC USIU-Africa on Thursday, June 28 at the Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Peter Mbwana & Antonio Longangi


On Thursday June 28, USIU-Africa’s AIESEC and IT club hosted the Digitalk Campus Tour- an initiative of Eyeballs Marketing firm aimed at sensitizing and training young people on ways to access and exploit opportunities provided by the development in technology.

The event entailed a panel discussion comprising of Safaricom Digital and Social Media Manager Ms. Vivienne Ethangatta, Brighter Monday Chief Executive Officer Mr. Emmanuel Mutuma and Local artiste Mr. Anthony Gitau famously known as Anto Neosoul.

Ms. Ethangatta encouraged participants to keenly take up internship opportunities adding that they act as a leeway to the next big step in their career life.
“I was able to turn my passion into a career by proactively rejuvenating the social media platforms of the companies I interned with, through practical learning, I was able to set myself on my current career path,” she said.

Mr. Mutuma pointed out that with the current technology advances, there is easy access to digital platforms which makes the digital space one of the most competitive in terms of capturing and maintaining the attention of an audience, adding that it is crucial for participants to identify their competition to help in curving out one’s niche audience in order to effectively stand out.In conclusion, Mr. Gitau gave three key elements of surviving in the digital space; practicing self-awareness, identify primary audience and being resilient. He also encouraged participants to take advantage of networking opportunities as they expose one to industry experience.
Nairobi Half Life
Prof. Paul Zeleza (Vice Chancellor) together Mr. James Ogolla (Director, University Advancement) and Dr. Rachael Diang’a (Assistant Professor of Film) receive 200 copies of the Nairobi Half Life film from Ms. Grace Kago (Kenya Film Commission) (Right) and Mr. William Wakasiaka (Ginger Ink) (Second left).

Dr. Rachael Diang’a and Diana Meso

The School of Communication, Cinematics and Creative Arts (SCCCA) received a donation of 200 copies worth Ksh. 100,000 of the Kenyan award-winning film Nairobi Half Life from Ginger Ink- a Kenyan-based film servicing and production company on Thursday July 5.

The donation presented by Kenya Film Commission’s Ms Grace Kago and Ginger Ink representative Mr. William Wakasiaka was received by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza and Assistant Professor of Film Dr. Racheal Diang’a. This will be used as training materials for students taking Film Production and Directing and Animation courses and help the students appreciate and support local films.

In his remarks, Prof. Zeleza thanked the donors and pointed out that USIU-Africa aims at positioning SCCCA as one of the best film school in the region by responding to industry needs and economy’s demand through tapping into the vast creative talents in the University and the increasing realization of the place of creative industries in Kenya’s economy.

The film will be screened at the Old Gym-TV Room on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5 pm.
Nairobi Half Life is a 2012 Kenyan drama film that tells the story of an aspiring actor who travels from his rural home to Nairobi with the hope of achieving his dreams but instead ends up tangled with a mob of criminals.

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Participants pose for a group photo following the opening session of the USIU-Africa Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference held from June 19-20 in the Library and Information Center. PHOTO:ANTONIO LONGANGI

By DR. Simeon P. Sungi

On June 19 and 20, scholars and practitioners from the East African region and other parts of the world were hosted by the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, to deliberate on issues relating to “Access to Justice and the Enforcement of Rights in Criminal Courts in East Africa.

The USIU-Africa Criminology and Criminal Justice Conference is an annual conference established by faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, to respond to the new direction spelt out in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020, which focuses on research and bridging the gap between industry and academia.

The Organizing Committee received 40 abstracts, addressing the seven sub-themes: Development of penal reform in East Africa and beyond; Non-lawyers and justice delivery; Promoting international humanitarian law through the criminal justice system; Corrections and rehabilitation; Access to justice and human rights; Gender and access to justice and Accessing legal aid in the criminal justice system in East Africa and beyond.

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Staff members and volunteers from Counseling Center march on campus, to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Wednesday, June 27. From Left to right (front): Ms. Noelle Khayanje (Senior Counselor) and Ikeije Obinna (Psychology major). PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI


By Simeon P. Sungi

This year’s commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was held for the first time in Africa, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi on June 26, where the inaugural World Drug Report 2018 was launched.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 42/112 of December 7, 1987 to strengthen global action and cooperation.

In delivering his keynote address, Nairobi Senator Hon. Johnson Sakaja, noted that the Government of Kenya is firmly resolved to respond to the illicit drug epidemic, even suggesting that Parliament should strengthen legislation dealing with drug abuse, for example, amending the Pharmacy and Poisons Act (Chapter 244) of the Laws of Kenya to seal all the loopholes that allow, for instance chemists to sell prescription drugs without proper prescription notes from a doctor. He also emphasized the need to focus on mental health in responding to individuals who are drug addicts.

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Dr. Josephine Dawuni speaking to faculty and students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences during her guest lecture on the research she has conducted into contributions by African women judges, on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: DAN MUCHAI

By Simeon Sungi


On June 18, the USIU-Africa Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Criminal Justice and International Relations programs invited Dr. Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science from Howard University, in Washington D.C., to give a talk related to her recently edited book titled “International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives”, published this year by Routledge.

Dr. Dawuni’s book expounds on the contributions of African women in international institutions, especially courts and tribunals, which she argues are always underreported and unexplored. Thus her research focused on demystifiying the Western narrative that gender parity is a result of pressure from donors through foreign aid.

Dr. Dawuni also spoke about her experiences as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) fellow, at the Faculty of Law in the University of Ghana. She emphasized how the research collaboration between African scholars in Africa and those in the diaspora, can produce empirically driven policies that could benefit the continent and empower Africans.

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A guest reads a description attached to a portrait of USIU-Africa’s first President Dr. William C. Rust, during the launch of the USIU-Africa Archives by the Vice 
Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Bonface Odhiambo

The Library and Information Center joined the global community in celebrating the International Archives Day by hosting the first annual USIU-Africa Archives Week from June 12 -14, to sensitize the University community on the existence, scope and value of archival materials and archival repositories.

To this end, the Library prepared a thematic display of exhibits that focused on a wide range of subjects comprising rare collections, classical records, past newspaper editions, pictorials and artefacts at the library atrium.

The highlight of the three-day celebration of the University’s documentary history, was the launch of the USIU-Africa Archives, as a new section of the Library and Information Center, at a ceremony presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza. In his remarks, Prof. Zeleza reiterated the necessity of archives as an important repository of institutional memory, and a link between the past, present and future, promising to donate his personal archives to add to the University’s archival collection.

By Wanjiku Mbugua & Antonio Longangi

Members of the Chinese I & II (CHI1000 /CHI1001) foreign language classes participated in an out of class Chinese cooking experience from Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 7 at the Cafeteria. Given that Chinese as a language is best learnt through practice and interaction with rich elements of Chinese culture, students are exposed to hands-on preparation of traditional meals prepared in most households in China.

Therefore every fifth week of each semester, students of Chinese Language prepare and partake of Chinese cuisine besides learning what it’s like to be part of a team. The meals students had to cook and have a taste of included dumplings, baozi, tofu, iced tea, green tea and Chinese stir-fried rice, which are more popular in Northern China, and are lighter in flavor and spices unlike Southern China dishes.

By Antonio Longangi

Members of Young Diplomat Forum (YDF) Club hosted a preparatory mock debate on Saturday, June 16 at the auditorium, to prepare for the upcoming Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations Conference (SAIMUN). The debate brought together participants from 14 local universities registered for the conference, to discuss topics generated from the general conference theme “Humanity at a Crossroads: Global Action for Sustainable Development.” The exercise also aimed at evaluating the preparations that have been conducted separately within respective institutions ahead of the conference that is meant to spur active youth involvement in the global development agenda based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The club, which has been holding its own peer-to-peer conference training since May 25, will present a delegation of 80 students at the conference, which will be held from July 2 - 6 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi in Gigiri.

By Max Musau

On Saturday, June 9, the School of Science and Technology (SST) hosted over 300 participants for a regional Andela Learning Community event supported by Google. The event which served as a beginner and intermediate track for participants within Nairobi, featured U.S. based guest speakers who joined in via video call, and local Andela experts who guided participants through foundational training in either Android Software Development or Web Application Development.

The School of Science and Technology was represented by Mr. Max Musau, who while introducing the School’s degree and specialized programs, described how the recently-launched Microsoft AppFactory program, accelerated developer learning much like the Andela Learning Community, at the Incubation and Innovation Center.

By Dan Odaba

USIU-Africa hosted this year’s fourth Korea-Kenya Frontiers (KKF) Association forum on Friday, June 9.  His Excellency Ambassador Kwon Young-Dae, the Ambassador of Korea to Kenya officially opened the forum, whose agenda was ‘Adaptability and Incorporation in the Development of Kenya’.

The Korea-Kenya Frontiers (KKF) is an association comprised of members who have been to Korea, and who aspire to apply their experience to the development process of Kenya. The association holds an annual economic forum that is organized and hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, where a set agenda and various sub-topics relating to the agenda are discussed by an audience, comprising the Ambassador and Vice-Ambassador, government officials, as well as economic studies’ students and faculty from local universities.