by Stella Odiwuor.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our long-awaited participants! The organizing team made a trip to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Nairobi CBD to receive the participants before heading off to Embu together. This diverse team of curious minds has its roots in Cameroon, Ireland, France, Tanzania, Peru, Spain, Botswana, Uganda, U.S., Argentina, Ghana, Australia, Pakistan, Kenya among others.
The journey to Embu was an easy two and a half hour drive on the Embu-Meru Highway. We enjoyed the beautiful lush green scenery in Kirinyaga County and the meandering uphill road punctuated by shallow rice fields in Mwea. At around 5 pm EAT we made a safe arrival at Embu University where the organizers received the participants with a Kenyan ‘happy dance’. We then began the 5-part registration process that was highly interactive, smooth, and very successful.
The catering team had prepared mouth-watering delicacies that we shared through the chatter, meet-and-greet, and sharing of personal stories. What a way to kick off the summit! We are all very curious to know more about our participants and as we interact every day in different capacities and activities.