The Graduate students at the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) came together to celebrate their African diversity and raise awareness on the Africa Day, slated for May 25, 2018.
The event saw the students who were donned in African attire partake in traditional dances, music and poetry presentations, as well as intercountry and interregional performances.
Enlivened by live performances by Dreams of Dance Stickers, the event held on Friday April 27, 2018 at JKUAT Juja Main Campus, also featured African traditional cuisine, indigenous artifacts and flags of countries whose nationals study at PAUSTI.
According to Judith Nwagbogu who was one of the organizers of the event, the celebrations are also primed to create an opportunity for PAUSTI students to interact and network.
Queensley Chukwudum serenaded the audience with a rendition of the Africa, Africans, a song she dedicated for the event. In the song, she evokes the enduring African spirit, urging Africans across the continent to rise like the sun and march to the peak.
“The sun symbolizes power, authority and leading light. We have a responsibility to go back to the basics and fix what is broken in order to realize a more vibrant and sustainable Africa,” she said.
Another organizer, Messessi Lucress Tossou said, Africa was a continent of diverse and rich resources and cultural identities that could be branded and protected for greater international visibility and utility.
“We are Africans first before we are scientists. At the moment, we are also looking into scientific methodologies that can be modeled on African way of life, in line with African innovation spirit,” Tossou said.
Onoja Anthony who studies mathematics at the University recited a poem celebrating the beauty, diversity and resource endowments of Africa. He called upon the audience to embrace pan Africanism and work to realize the continent’s full potential.
Africa Day is an annual commemoration of the founding of the African Union and its precursor, Organization of African Unity in 2002 and 1963 respectively.