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From the left: Prof. Oladele Aroworo, Pro Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs & Research at IUM; Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor of IUM; Ambassador Dr. Monica K. Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Republic of Kenya, Prof. Nelago Indongo, Director: Multidisciplinary Research Centre at UNAM and His Excellence Isaac Njenga, Kenyan High Commissioner to Namibia during the Public Lecture

IUM in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Kenyan High Commission in Namibia recently held a Public Lecture on the topic ‘Claiming the Future of Africa’ at IUM Main Campus-Dorado Park.

The Public lecture was astoundingly delivered by Ambassador Dr. Monica K. Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kenya.

Ambassador Dr. Juma said, amongst other things, that she believed Africa stood at the cross roads to claim its place and redefine the course of its history. She further believed that African scholars were in the right position and were privileged to be part of the act of making that history.

Furthermore, she highlighted that one of the elements on the road map to the future of Africa was Research and Development in universities and centres of excellence as they played an extremely critical role in catalysing innovations which in turn would offer home-grown solutions to African needs.

Ambassador Dr. Juma also noted emphatically that the youth was the future and could thus help Africa to claim its future, because the youth was the catalysts of innovation, entrepreneurship and development.

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