Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students have once more demonstrated their public speaking prowess and mastery of various subjects. Maseke Miriam Rioba, a final year corporate communications student, was declared the best public speaker during the Scholars Festival held on September 18-19, 2018. Rioba beat other 32 contestants drawn from universities in Kenya and Uganda to bring home the title.
The articulate yet soft-spoken Rioba spoke on the role of youth, public and private sectors successful implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Commenting on the festival, Rioba said that corruption, low literacy levels and poor infrastructure were some of the bottlenecks in the transformation of Africa into a thriving entity.
“Young people should proactively communicate their ideas and be part of the change we wish for in Africa,” Ms. Rioba said.
Rioba who is also the outgoing chairperson of the JKUAT Debate Society, further challenged the youth to engage in volunteerism; as a way of hoisting their voices while acquiring key skills.
She is passionate about articulating and advocating for human rights in Kenya and beyond; having interned with the Kenyan Chapter of Transparency International.
She challenges students to have a healthy balance of academics and pursuing their passion or hobbies.
During the Festival organized by the Kenya National Debate Council, three other JKUAT students: Maxwell Waya, Kevin Mucheke, Festus Mumo were also declared runners up in the debate category.
Also featured in the public speaking category from JKUAT were Snaida Akinyi, and Bonaventure Ogeto.
Universities that featured in the contest were: Strathmore University, Riara University, Kiriri Women’s University, Kenyatta University, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Pioneer University and Kiambogo University, Uganda.