A new book Nakhamuna Stories from Western Kenya (see cover above) by Maurice N. Amutabi has been released. The book has riveting folk tales from the Luhya community but which have universal applicability to all African communities which have folktales revolving around animals. The book provides opportunity for readers to read about oral stories of the Luhya people of Western Kenya usually told to children at bed time or around the fire place. The fourteen stories revolve around the actions of Nakhamuna and her genius in outwitting her enemies or her creativity in creating friendship and earning support from other animals. The book is retailing at Kshs. 500 and is available at leading bookstores from August 10, 2016 or orders can be made from AISA offices and secretariat for bulk orders or call 0708063330 for individual orders.
Over four hundred academic scholars and professionals across Africa converged at Multimedia University of Kenya for the ninth Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) International Interdisciplinary Conference from June 23-25, 2016.
The three day conference themed “Rethinking Africa’s Development Paradigms” kicked off on Thursday, 23rd of June 2016, with a view of reassessing Africa’s development path and coming up with actionable solutions to the continent’s problems.
Speaking during the official opening of the conference, Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia urged the Association to highlight the need for quality education as they discuss Africa’s development.
“Kenya continues to solidify its position as the higher education country of choice in East Africa and the increase in the number of universities and colleges is a testament to this. However, the issue of quality continues to mar this achievement and I hope this conference addresses the issue,” stated the VC.
He emphasized the need for universities to establish partnerships with corporate institutions in the industries they serve and to subject their courses to stakeholders input before mounting as a way to achieve the desired quality.
His words were echoed by his counterpart from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Prof. Justus Mbae who lamented the ‘transformative graduate’ who fails to live up to his title when he joins leadership.
“Why are the ‘transformative leaders’ graduating from our universities failing to transforming the country? Why is there an ever widening gap between the rich and the poor in countries that were founded under the principle of Ubuntu which raises society above the individual?” questioned Prof. Mbae while presenting the Keynote Address.
He further urged the scholars to holistically view development so as to conduct research and contribute innovations that improve the quality of life of the citizens.
On his part, MMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia underscored the need for application of the knowledge generated in universities.
“Universities in the world over are engaged in the generation and sharing of knowledge but we sometimes forget to apply it. Scholars should conduct research then preserve and apply the knowledge learnt,” said Prof. Mbatia.
Among the guests present were; Terver Akpar of Nigeria’s Benue State University; Lusungu Ndovi of Zambia’s Copper Belt University; Linda Piknerova of Czech Republic’s University of West Bohemia and Sikholiwe Dube of Zimbabawe’s Lupane State University.
The conference was convened by MMU’s Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. (Eng) Abel Mayaka and KESSA’s Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi.