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Alumna Ms. Daisy Mumbi (International Relations ‘11) receives her top alumna trophy from Alumni Association Vice Chair Mr. Ian Mukuria during the award ceremony of the annual alumni charity golf tournament on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Beatrice Munyiva

The USIU-Africa Alumni Association hosted an inaugural alumni charity golf event that brought close to 60 players including alumni, sponsors and friends of USIU-Africa, at the Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday, June 8, 2018.

USIU-Africa Alumni Association’s goal for the tournament was to facilitate talented students with exceptional potential, but who are financially constrained to afford university education. The charity event was therefore borne with the aim of contributing towards an endowment fund whose proceeds will support an Alumni Scholarship fund for such needy students.

The tournament culminated into a prize giving ceremony presided over by Muthaiga Golf Club Captain James Ondigo where the best players were awarded with trophies.

Mr. Dennis Mara was the overall winner for the tournament, while Alumni Association Treasurer Mr. George Rutto (IBA ’04), received the award for top alumnus. Ms. Daisy Mumbi (Internatioal Relations ’11) emerged as the top alumna at the tournament, which raised approximately KES 300,000.

The top men’s award went to Anthony Muhoro, while the top ladies’ award was received by Muthaiga Golf Club Lady Captain Ms. Patricia Ngina (GEMBA ’15). Mr. John Odhiambo won the overall second runners up award, while the overall runners up award went to Mr. Edwin Mathenge (GEMBA ’15).

The Alumni Association Vice Chairperson, Mr. Ian Mukuria, speaking on behalf of the Association Chairperson, emphasized the vibrant future for many promising but disadvantaged students in Kenya and Africa, which depended on collective alumni financial support.

“We should provide them with an opportunity to access higher education and create a strong foundation to transform society. They deserve to realize their dreams,” he said.

“As alumni we know the quality of education we received at USIU-Africa has taken us places. Individually and collectively, we are all transforming our world. We now have an opportunity to assist many young, promising but disadvantaged students acquire a high quality education and transform their world,” Mr. Mukuria added. He also encouraged his fellow alumni to partner with their alma mater in different activities such as research, career fair, internship opportunities, mentorship as well as being marketing ambassadors for the university.

While making his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, described how partnerships with persons and organizations of goodwill such as Rattansi Education Trust, Stanbic Bank, Brother Vincent Memorial, MasterCard Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, among other individual donors, has enabled USIU-Africa provide financial aid to more than 3600 students.

“Your Alma Mater has provided prudent accountability in the governance of our scholarship fund and has shared continuous reports and audited accounts to our donors. We are proud to state that we are a trusted partner to manage a Scholarship Endowment Fund,” said Prof. Zeleza.

The Vice Chancellor urged alumni to join the university in building a movement of USIU-Africa alumni who are passionate about transforming the world.
“Remember, this is your personal imprint. You are equipping Africa with transformational leadership, you will have imparted disadvantaged youth with higher achievement skills, and you will have contributed to shaping the future of Africa and the world as a whole,” he emphasized.

Some of the corporate organizations that supported the tournament included Commercial Bank of Africa, Educate Yourself Ltd, Uganda Electricals, Falcon Books East Africa and Victoria Furnitures who did so either in cash or in kind.

All the speakers called on the alumni golfers present to register for an upcoming annual alumni fundraising dinner slated for Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Intercontinental Nairobi. The dinner will aim to raise money for the endowment fund.