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May 6, 2015

AIESEC in Africa: AFROXLDS 2015 Conference

Inspiring, insightful, thought provoking… Just a few of the adjectives that would be used to describe the experience this conference offered to the AIESEC in Strathmore University students who were in attendance.

 

This convention comprising 160 delegates from 27 countries across the continent was the first youth delegation to ever have their opening conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi. The Government of Kenya, being well aware of AIESEC in Kenya’s efforts to empower and enable youth leadership, sponsored the conference and sent honorable representatives to the ceremony. Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru was set to open the event though her ministry unfortunately had an emergency situation thus she sent a representative. Also in attendance were Gulelat Kabede (Director of Urban Economy and Finance at UN-Habitat and head of the UN delegation at the EGM) and the President of AIESEC International Ana Sadarriaga who all gave speeches as well.

 

The first day of the conference ended on a vibrant and colorful note in an event known as Global Village where the representative countries showcased their cultures at their respective stations. The Kenyans were certainly in their element with over 42 tribes to boast. It was truly a sight to behold.

 



The conference was mainly an internal event with AIESEC in Africa launching partnerships with major multinational companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Deutsche Post DHL.

 



However, on the fourth day of the conference, an external event known as Youth Speak was held; a platform for us young leaders in attendance to voice our opinions on matters affecting the growth and development of our continent. Prominent public figures in Kenya’s society such as Boniface Mwangi (Activist and Founder of PAWA254), Julius Kipng’etich (Equity Bank Chief Operating Officer), Caren Wakoli (Founder of Emerging Leaders Foundation) with Victoria Rubadiri of NTV being the moderator.

 



Unfortunately, on this same day, the Garissa Attack occurred and we as AIESECers launched an online campaign; “We are one” which got a major following on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

This truly epitomizes our core values; demonstrating integrity and being positive agents of change in our society.

 



The final special event held during this conference was the ‘Kenya Night’. This event was meant to integrate all the non-Kenyan delegates into our culture and make them feel more at home. This event was majorly endorsed by East African Breweries Limited as well as Homeboyz Entertainment who ensured that groovy music played all night long. There was a live performance by the renowned Kenyan band, ‘H_ART THE BAND’.

 



All in all, this was an incredible learning experience; truly life-changing and positively impactful.

 

I would advise all of those who have not yet joined AIESEC to do so as the opportunities we receive are world class; they give you a chance to see the world (either through exchange or international conferences such as this one), meet and interact with its future leaders and in the process you are molded into one.

 



Thank you.

On behalf of AIESEC in Strathmore,

Tracy Mbeneka,

Vice President of Talent Management (HR).

Contact Details

Madaraka Estate
Ole Sangale Road, PO Box 59857,
00200 City Square
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 0703-034000, 0703-034200