[24th December 2012]

KENYA EMBASSY PARTICIPATES IN THE ANNUAL AFRICAN CULTURAL WEEK, AND THE LAUNCH OF AFRICAN RESOURCE CENTRE AT THE RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY (APU), IN OITA

Participants follow the proceedings during the Launch of the ARC

The Kenya Embassy participated in the annual African Cultural week and the Launch of the APU African Resource Centre (ARC) that were held on 14th and 15th December, 2012 respectively at the Asia Pacific University (APU). During the visit, the Embassy representative Ms. Nelly Wanjala who was joined by other representatives from the Embassies of Botswana and Mozambique were warmly received and hosted by the President of the University, Dr. Korenaga Shun and other executives of the School.

This is the second time the Embassy is participating in this kind of multicultural activity that is one of the key highlights of the APU event calendar. During the material cultural weeks, the language, customs and lifestyle of one of the many countries and regions represented on campus are introduced through a range of colorful events arranged by APU students.

The event is a plausible platform for students at the University to promote the beauty and uniqueness of their mother country cultures thereby cultivating the appreciation and mutual understanding of different cultures across the world. Not least, for the African week, it is a special occasion for students from different parts of the world to understand the deeply rooted diverse African cultures.

The Launch of the APU African resource centre (ARC) was graced by Prof. Dr. Sanga-Ngoie, Coordinator, Graduate GP ENVOL program and Prof. Dr. Mani, A, Vice President College of Asia Pacific Studies, who both encouraged the students to continue the remarkable work of being good ambassadors of their beloved countries and Africa in general. The Centre is an association formed by the APU Alumni Union in collaboration with the APU students with a mission to improve links between Japan and Africa through the cultural exchanges and other mutually beneficial interactions.

In his remarks that were read on his Behalf by the Embassy Representative Ms. Wanjala, H.E. Ambassador Benson Ogutu commended the APU leadership and students for the remarkable effort in nurturing mutual global understandings through cultural events and most importantly the launch of the ARC which is expected to strengthen mutually beneficial exchanges and collaboration between the people of Japan and Africa. The Ambassador highlighted the fact that Africa is increasingly eliciting large interest as the newest emerging investment frontier and therefore optimistic that the ARC will greatly serve to create this awareness about the immense existing trade and investment opportunities between Japan and Africa. In this regard, he noted Kenya's desire and readiness to partner with key education entities such as APU in promoting beneficial partnerships that guarantee a win-win situation.

The meeting held between the University executives, and the representatives from the Embassies explored various possibilities of enhancing collaboration of exchange studies between APU and African students. In conclusion the Embassies representatives and University Executives agreed to closely collaborate with each other in enhancing mutually beneficial ties between the University and their respective countries, and Africa in general.

Ms. Nelly Wanjala makes remarks during the Launch of the ARC

Mr. Tirahalo Sekao, Embassy of Botswana,

Executives of the African Resource Centre
L-R ( Mr. Eugene Wanyama, Mr. Joseph Quarshie, Mr. Yanko Fungatira, Ms. Wame Gabaake, Dr. Sanga Kazadi)

African Students showcase the African culture during the Grande finale

Jubilation after the Grande finaleInstructors Society makes her remarks

 

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