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First Year BBIT Student Shines in International Essay Writing Competition

Stephen Mokoro, a first year BBIT student has emerged among the top 10 best essay writers in a competitive International Youth Essay writing competition. The competition, which was organized by African Leadership Academy- a leading pan-African Institution- invited young Africans residing within and outside Africa to participate in a month-long International Youth Day Essay competition on the topic “How can governments, businesses, non-profits, individuals and the youth collaborate to maximize Africa’s youth potential for the continent’s development and prosperity”. The topic was structured on the theme “Maximizing Youth Potential for Africa’s Development and Prosperity”


In his essay, Stephen focused on engagement of the youth in Agribusiness as a way of creating employment opportunities to address unemployment among African youths. “Governments in each African country need to rehabilitate and set aside at least 100, 000 hectares of land in the arid and semi-arid regions for agribusiness projects. A number of boreholes, wells and water reservoirs should be constructed. About 300,000 youth should then be recruited and taken to form a cooperative where they will practice farming using the modern best practices under the guidance of trained extension officers. They will then graduate after 3 years to replicate the skills in their own agribusiness projects”.


Stephen’s coach, Mr. Macharia, a lecturer for Communication Skills in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Strathmore University, attributed his success to hard work and determination. “Writing an essay to compete internationally is not easy. It requires hard work and determination which Stephen seemed to have.”


Stephen will receive a certificate of commendation from African leadership Academy alongside other prizes which the Academy promised to announce in due course.


His winning essay can be retrieved from: