On Friday, 14th July 2017, the 2017 Youth Summit was held in USIU-Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit was organised by Word Youth Alliance Africa in partnership with YALDA, USIU-Africa. The theme of the summit was, ‘Celebrating Youth Excellence and Collective Ingenuity.’ The key speakers were Njoki Karwega Gathiri, Raphael Obonyo, and Prof. Ngure Mwachofi. In addition, there were 4 presentations from youth who are doing impactful projects in the community; Daniel Wangeci Ndegwa with Wangeci Peace Initiative Library, Brian Chesoli with Youth Lite, Allan Niongira with Portable Voices and Marian Muthui with Mekatili-Foondi.
Njoki gave insight on education as a qualification for ethical competitive leadership and mostly emphasized the importance of finding one’s God given purpose in order to succeed in their profession. Prof. Mwachofi spoke on African culture as an enhancer of youth participation and collaboration and zeroed in on the admirable practices of the African culture that need to be upheld as we learn other cultures and build on positive aspects we encounter. Raphael discussed solidarity among the African youth specifically whether it was an achievable reality. In the panel, moderated by Ruth Nyakerario a USIU-Africa student, the major issue discussed was the hope that the youth had for Africa and its future leaders as well as providing an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
There was also an exhibition for youth and family organisations where the attendees were able to meet and speak in person to representatives from Evoke Global, Action for Children with Disabilities (ACD), Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF), Green Kenya and Nexl Global.
The Youth Summit was well represented with youth from different regions and learning institutions in Kenya. WYA Africa looks forward to the Youth Summit 2018 and thanks all of the attendees and YALDA, USIU-Africa for a great partnership.