The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference 2013 was held at the Strathmore University Auditorium from Wednesday 21st August to Friday 23rd August 2013. Dr. Luis Franchesci, Dean of Strathmore Law School opened the conference. In attendance were 60 participants from different countries in Africa including Nigeria, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the host country, Kenya. The speakers came from different organizations and initiatives including youth groups, the United Nation and the African Union.
Mr. Thomas Mundia, Director of Olive Leaf Foundation, gave the first keynote speech. He pointed out the key development issues in our time, gave a brief history of philosophy and suggested areas where many thinkers may have gone wrong. “Nowadays we are judged by what we have, not who we are,” he said. He urged argued participants to rediscover the foundations of ethics while giving hints on virtue ethics, human nature, natural law and the others. He concluded by inspiring hope in the participants and argued Africans to systemize their philosophy since it recognizes the dignity of the human person, borrowing the an example of Aristotle who systemized the philosophy of Europe.
The other speakers at the conference included Mr. George Ndung’u, Secretary for International Affairs and Chairman of the Organization of African Youth. He went through the African Youth proposal on sustainable development that contained goals that are a priority to the youths in Africa.
Hannah Ondiek the World Youth Alliance (WYA) Africa Regional Director, gave a brief background of WYA accompanied by a WYA video then WYA President – Obadias Ndaba, gave a magnificent presentation on the Authentic Sustainable Development in which he sharply pointed out that the human person must be at the center of sustainable development agenda.
Mr. Irungu Houghton’s topic involved the sustainability of Africa’s New Narrative of Growth. Ms. Deborah Orima talked about Environment and Sustainable Development, while Roderick Obeja gave a presentation on the Track A training.
The discussion on 8 Development Goals, moderated by Ms. Pauline Wanja, a lawyer and the co-founder of Living In A Shanty Town, involved the participants.
Speakers were very impressive and participants believe the material was efficaciously delivered. They left with an overall picture of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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Mr. Irungu Houghton’s topic involved the sustainability of on Africa’s New Narrative of Growth. Ms. Deborah Orima talked about the Environment and Sustainable Development while Roderick Obeja gave a presentation on the Track A training.