KENYA: Youth Challenged to Change Africa’s Image

NAIROBI OCTOBER 6, 2015 (CISA) –Mrs Angelina Wapakhabulo, the Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya has said that young people are “the ones responsible for changing the narrative about Africa, AMECEA region and our communities.”

“You can do this with every word you speak, every move, and step you make, with every choice you make, with the way you carry yourself each day because by so doing you are rewriting the story of your communities,” she advised.

Mrs Wapakhabulo was speaking October 2, during Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) 32nd Graduation ceremony where she urged the graduands to nurture the values that got them to the university.

“The personal competencies that got you here – passion, commitment, tenacity, and a mind open to learning – will be important throughout your lives. These values will continue to be even more important than some of the academic subjects what you have learned,” she said.

Mrs Wapakhabulo who was the chief guest during the ceremony further told the graduands that “just wanting to do good is not enough” instead, achieving impact is what counts, “it is the transformation that society now yearns for.”

She warned that in their quest to transform society, there will be high and low moments and there will be moments of losses and defeat, as well as those of success.

“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed. It’s okay to feel the sadness and the grief that comes with losses. However instead of letting those feelings defeat you let them motivate you. Let them serve as fuel for your life journey,” she said.

During the graduation whose theme was “Holistic Education for Sustainable Transformation of Africa,” 1,591 graduands received Diplomas and Degrees at the University’s main campus in Langata, Nairobi.

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