University of Nairobi students have been urged to join the Pan African Movement as their predecessors did to help in developing the African continent.
Speaking to students from the department of Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, IDIS, Prof. Horace Campbell urged students to continue with the spirit of Pan-Africanism and continue with the fight from their previous heroes like Prof. Ali Mazrui, Prof. Wangari Maathai, Pio Gama Pinto, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkurumah and Patrice Lumumba among other great African heroes.
Prof. Campbell noted that Africa is blessed with natural resources like oil, copper, diamond, gold and above all its growing population, well trained, skilled and knowledgeable youth who can spur growth and development.
“Africa we want is prosperous, integrated continent, with good governance, justice and obeys the rule of law, where people share a common heritage and united”, he said.
Going forward, he urged the youth to get education, hold leaders accountable, cherish its demographic dividend, and protect the environment.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that Pan-Africanism is a clarion call on African unity to solve issues affecting the African continent. In the spirit of Ubuntu , trade will flourish, jobs will be created, unity and peace will reign, and together we shall fight poverty and disease. Above all, he urged the students to take care of the environment. He added that Pan-Africanism is the vehicle of choice for a growing world.
Prof. Maria Nzomo, Director, IDIS noted that a lot of misrepresentation about Africa has taken place before and now calls upon young Africans to rise up and represent Africa well.
The event was attended by students, staff from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies.