The University of Nairobi on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 appointed Ms Wahu Kagwi as the goodwill ambassador of the maker project that was being launched on the same day at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Studies. Ms Wahu Kagwi who is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi will support innovations in developing solutions to mother and newborn mortality at the University of Nairobi, among the public and within the industry.
She will especially encourage women innovators to come forward and show case their innovations. Ms Kagwi said that as a University and as a country we should always look for solutions within because we have the capacity. During the launch, Mrs. Zeinab W. Hussein, Permanent Secretary, Gender affairs, challenged the female students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University. She said that there needs to be joint effort by the government, academia and the private sector to keep the girl child in school.
The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, challenged the young girls to take up science based courses and said that the maker project will streamline the innovations and their commercialization. The Vice chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that there are less female innovators than the male innovators. He urged the female innovators to come forward, take up the engineering courses in the University and take advantage of the platforms created for innovation.
It is also important to note that Ms. Wahu Kagwi graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication awarded by this institution in the 2014.