Seminar on Sand: Unveiling the Complexities Beneath Our Feet

On November 20th, USIU-Africa hosted a compelling and insightful seminar that delved into the multifaceted world of sand—an element often overlooked yet profoundly influential in various aspects of our lives. The event drew together an eclectic mix of scholars, environmentalists, industry experts, and students, converging with a shared curiosity to unravel the nuances of this seemingly ubiquitous resource.

An engaging Q&A session followed, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and solutions to address the challenges posed by the exploitation of this invaluable resource. Participants left the seminar with a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between sand and our global ecosystem, along with a shared commitment to explore sustainable approaches for its utilization.

The seminar not only served as a platform for knowledge-sharing but also as a catalyst for actionable strategies aimed at fostering responsible sand management practices for a more sustainable future.

Kenya @ 60 Celebrated with Reverence and Pride at USIU

The vibrant campus of the United States International University (USIU) became a beacon of historical significance as Kenya marked its 60th anniversary of independence. Amidst the jubilant celebrations, the event paid homage to the nation’s rich heritage and its profound journey to freedom.

Among the esteemed individuals gracing the occasion was Professor Kennedy Kagade, an illustrious member of the USIU staff whose contributions to academia and unwavering dedication to preserving Kenyan history are widely acknowledged. His presence underscored the university’s commitment to nurturing a profound understanding and appreciation of the nation’s past among its students and faculty.

Turkwell basin, here we can see the Turkwell reservoir and dam, and the power plant. However, the residents in the area, and even the nearby police post and dispensary do not have water or power. The group photo comprises (from right) Kennedy, Conrad, Evelyne, and our research assistant Sikom.

Lorogon town (behind the reservoir), a Turkana-occupied town and a new settlement to the left encouraged by the Turkana county governor. There is also a settlement to the right which is for staff of the power plant. A Pokot occupied town is also being built, encouraged by the Pokot county governor. It is a conflict prone area between the two sides, and a contested boundary, which is more contested since the discovery of oil and gas resources in the area and the associated developments.

These roads under construction are at Nasal, on the Kenya-Uganda border. 56 shows the Kenya construction, while 58 shows the Uganda construction which is much bigger.

This is Lobilion village, a new settlement since around 5 years ago. There are no services, no roads and no school, but the Pokot people like to live there because there is less conflict. 78 shows a focus group discussion with the women.

The railway in Suswa, Narok county

The railway in Kilosa, Tanzania. A motorcycle taxi and a Masaai herdsman and his cattle pass over the railway, which cuts across their usual routes.

Mount Suswa crater. 325 and 329 show the caves in the crater, in which some Maasai men are holding a prayer meeting. Water is very scarce on the crater, though 352 shows a system for harvesting water from the steam vents in the crater which is used for domestic purposes. 355 shows a water pan for watering cattle. Some of these activities may be disrupted if or when the plan for geothermal development begins. 362-3 shows a herder with his smart phone. 372 and 373 the team eat roasted meat organised by our research assistant (pictured) before speaking with an elder.