Students celebrate 11th ISADU Diplomatic Dinner, 2019
The 11th Diplomatic dinner 2019, took place on the eventide of 3rd May, 2019 at the Radisson Blu hotel, Upper Hill, hosted by the International Students Association of Daystar University (ISADU). The theme of the dinner was Celebrating Our Diversity. The keynote speaker for the evening was the United Nations Volunteers Regional Manager Mr. Njoya Tikum. Present also was Chair of the University Council Prof. Henry Thairu, the Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bernard Boyo, Ag DVC Finance and Administration Prof. Michael Bowen, the Dean of Students, Rev. Mutinda Musyimi the Corporate Affairs Manager, Mrs. Damaris Kimilu, the Acting Chief Manager Finance, Mr. Samuel Mbithi, faculty and staff.
Student Affairs were also present
Diplomats present included Nongolola Kasanga representing the Embassy of DR Congo, Ms. Disho Elizabeth, Education Attaché’ Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Saurabh, Second Secretary at the High Commission of India and Mr. Khalid Abd Elrahman representing Sudan. Also present were former ISADU officials, Ishimwe Alain and Loise Murhajihimana, Gamachu Eba, and Charles Lolo.
In his remarks, Prof. Henry Thairu stressed on the importance of taking care of foreign students and encouraged them to feel at home. Quoting Romans 12:2, Prof. Thairu called on the audience to have their minds transformed rather than conformed.
Mr. Njoya Tikum walked the audience through the importance of diversity. “Diversity is recognizing the value of our difference and the worth of diversity is leveraging the value of our difference.” He cited various happenings on the African continent including the Rwanda genocide, the Kenyan 2007 postelection violence and the South Sudan War as a clear indication that we had not appreciated the strength of our differences.
Giving his experience as an international student in UK, Mr. Tikun encouraged those present to start conversations on the things that make them different. “Care for someone who can’t repay you,” he said.
He topped up his speech with the saying, “Diversity is what makes your networks stronger.” Towards the end of the event, various people were awarded including the guest speaker, Diplomats and dignitaries present and the best dressed of the night.
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