In a resounding endorsement of the power of youth engagement in climate action, Asharami Synergy Kenya, a subsidiary of Sahara Group, is collaborating with eminent scholars from Kenyan universities in the assessment of an essay writing competition focused on climate change.
The competition, initiated in partnership with Sahara Group Foundation, has garnered 225 entries from students representing various universities across Kenya. The ultimate goal is to foster greater understanding and participation in the vital discourse of energy transition and sustainability among the youth.
This endeavour comes on the heels of the Africa Climate Summit 2023, held in Kenya, which concluded on an optimistic note with President William Ruto declaring that “Africa holds the key to decarbonizing the world economy.”
Debola Adesanya, the Country Manager at Asharami Synergy Kenya, said the company is alighning with President Ruto’s vision for climate action. Mr Adesanya stressed the significance of international investments in catalyzing a green energy revolution in Kenya and lauded the president’s leadership in the realm of climate action, which continues to inspire positive collaboration and calls for global investors to support a sustainable future.
“Sahara Group, our parent company, remains a staunch advocate of a just energy transition in Africa that leaves no one behind,” Mr Adesanya stated. “Asharami Synergy Kenya reaffirms its commitment to collaborating with the Kenyan government and the youth to forge a greener and more prosperous future.”
The heart of this initiative lies in a creative writing competition designed to demystify the intricate themes surrounding energy transition and sustainability, making them more accessible to young Kenyans. Participating universities include Jomo Kenyatta University, the University of Nairobi, Kabarak University, Kenyatta University, Kisii University, Maseno University, University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Technical University of Kenya, Strathmore University, Murang’a University of Technology, Africa Nazarene University, and Machakos University, among others.
The assessment of these entries is currently underway, led by a panel of distinguished Kenyan scholars with a wealth of expertise. The top three entries will be unveiled at a special event scheduled for early November.
The esteemed panel of judges
- Omondi Oketch, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Linguistics, The Technical University of Kenya
- Rosemary Nyaole, Ph.D. – Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Film Studies, School of Communication, Daystar University, Kenya
- Hilary Masaya, Ph.D. – Lecturer, Communication, Media, and Publishing Studies, Egerton University
- Abraham Kipkemboi, Ph.D. – Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
- Victor Boiyo, Ph.D., CS-K – Director of Student Affairs, Africa Nazarene University
- John Obiero, Ph.D. – Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya
- Kimingichi Wabende, Ph.D. – Assistant Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts, University of Nairobi
The competition has already unveiled an inspiring display of creativity and passion among young Kenyans. This energy and enthusiasm hold the promise of shaping a more sustainable future not just for Kenya but for the entire African continent.
Lavinah Gonah, Operations Supervisor at Asharami Synergy Kenya, who is coordinating the competition for Asharami, celebrated the high level of engagement and dedication shown by Kenyan youth in the ongoing climate discourse. She noted that their passion and creativity play an instrumental role in driving meaningful change.
The top three winners will receive cash prizes, while all outstanding entries will be published and shared on global platforms. This dissemination aims to amplify the voices of Kenyan youth, further enhancing their engagement in energy transition and the pursuit of a sustainable future in Africa.