Our Vice Chancellor Prof. Noah O. Midamba is among at 250 delegates invited to attend the KUSI Idea Festival 2020 in person following restrictions on public gathering in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
The festival was officially opened virtually by President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday at Ciala Resort, Kisumu.
Rwandan president Paul Kagame also gave a virtual keynote address at the official opening of the festival.
Among other key speakers was former Prime Minister Raila Odinga the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, who made his address virtually. Also invited was our Kisumu campus Principal Roggers Abongo.
This is the second edition of KUSI Idea Festival following the inaugural launch by Nation Media Group (NMG) in Rwanda last year, as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, to be an “ideas transaction market” for the challenges facing Africa, and the various solutions and innovations the continent is undertaking to secure its future in the 21st century.
The 2020 conference focuses on what has worked, explores the tremendous African resilience that has been on display, and ahead at how to emerge from the crisis.
Kusi is the southerly tradewind that blows over the Indian Ocean between April to mid-September, and enabled trade up north along the east African coast and between Asia and Africa for millennia.
Beyond trade, over the centuries, Kusi and other tradewinds made possible cultural, intellectual, and technological exchanges, and considerably shaped the history of the nations on the east side of Africa, its hinterland, and the wider Indian Ocean rim.
In the 21st century, the spirits of the tradewinds express themselves in new ways. The Indian Ocean is a rich bed of the fibre optic cables that make the Information Age possible in a large part of Africa.