USIU-Africa Alumni gather for a memorable reunion dinner in Mombasa

By Angela Osodo

On Saturday, June 1, the USIU-Africa Alumni Relations Department hosted a spectacular Alumni reunion dinner-Mombasa chapter. The dinner was held at the prestigious English Point Hotel and Spa and was sponsored by Brookside Dairy Ltd. and Kayllan Ltd. The event saw a successful turnout of 70 plus attendees representing various counties in the coast region. Themed 'Empowered by Education, United by Memories', the event provided ample opportunities for networking, shared memories and forging of new connections. The USIU-Africa Centre for Executive Education was also present to sensitize the alumni on the valuable executive short courses available at the university which can enhance their careers.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from Head of Alumni Relations, Michael Kisilu who expressed gratitude to the alumni for their continued support and engagement with USIU-Africa. The Chief Guest, Hon. Francis Thoya, Deputy Governor, Mombasa County also graced the event expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to interact with the amazing USIU-Africa family. Also present were several representatives from County governments including Sylvia Chidodo, Kwale County Secretary (Class of 2000), Hon. Clara Ningome, CECM, Kilifi (Class of 2006), Mr. Joseph Kazungu, Director, Trade and Investments, Kilifi County (Class of 2011)

The evening also featured a variety of entertainment with the DJ playing nostalgic hits from the past and a cultural dance performance that showcased the rich heritage of the coastal region. The entertainment kept the energy high and the mood festive throughout the night. Games and trivia, courtesy of the MC, Charles Mwakio (Class of 2012) ensured the audience stayed entertained throughout the event.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the USIU-Africa Alumni Association Coast Chapter with an interim leadership team selected to oversee the chapter's development.

The Chairperson, USIU-Africa, Alumni Association, James Gathere (Class of 2007) concluded the evening with a call to action, encouraging alumni to stay actively involved with the university. He also spoke of the opportunities available for further engagement, such as mentoring current students, participating in alumni panels, and supporting university initiatives. Catherine Mukomah Chairperson of the USIU-Africa, Mombasa Alumni Chapter Organizing Committee (Class of 2012) gave closing remarks expressing gratitude to the attendees for continued support.

The event was a resounding success, strengthening the bonds between alumni and their alma mater; it not only provided a platform for reminiscing and reconnecting but also underscored the importance of the alumni network in the university's continued growth and success. As the evening drew to a close, attendees left with a renewed sense of pride and commitment to giving back to USIU-Africa, ensuring that the legacy of excellence continues for generations to come.

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