KIKI Trust Awards 6 Students with a Prestigious Scholarship

Kiki Trust recently granted a prestigious undergraduate scholarship to six bright students from JKUAT’s Engineering and Agriculture Departments, November 10, 2023.

The selected students, Paul J. Iligha, Solomon O. Owiti, Antone O. Thomas, Mbarak A. Salimin, Brian A. Omondi, and Leans B. Kipkorir, were chosen from a competitive pool of candidates through a transparent selection process that prioritized academic excellence.

Each of the six students received a certificate of appreciation along with Kshs. 100,000 in recognition of their outstanding academic performance during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The KIKI Trust Fund was established by the late Mr. Kiyoshi Kita and Professor Makoto Kimura whose areas of specialization was in horticulture and engineering respectively.

During their tenure as JICA EXPERTS at JKUAT under the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in the early ’90s, they conceived the trust fund to support local small-scale farmers in crop development through horticulture and improve transportation accessibility by developing rural roads using local resources through civil construction engineering (Do‐nou technology).

This initiative led to the establishment of the KIKI TRUST FUND and played a crucial role in capacity development for undergraduate students in horticulture and engineering.

Prof. Victoria Ngumi, the Vice Chancellor, expressed gratitude to the trust fund for its visionary approach in building capacity not only in agriculture and engineering at JKUAT but also in fostering economic growth for society.

She congratulated the students for their dedication to excellence in education and encouraged them to aim higher.

The Africa-ai-Japan Project Chief Advisor, Prof. Koaze, played a key role in facilitating collaboration between KIKI and JKUAT.

“Promoting Society by transformative power of education through encouraging healthy competition among students, enhances the quality of education,” he said.

KIKI Trustees, Prof. Too Kiptanui (DVC Administration Planning and Finance, Taita Taveta University) and Dr. Mercy Mwaniki (Technical University Kenya), expressed their continuous support for the initiative.

Present from the Africa-ai-Japan Project were Dr. S. Aoki, Dr. R. Kinoshita, and Ms. M. Toda. The event also saw the participation of JKUAT heads and chairs of departments, including Dr. H. Ndirangu, Prof. G.T Thiongo, Dr. C. Kabubo, Dr. L.M. Kananu, Dr. C. Ngamau, and Dr. S. Ndindo.

The Six KIKI trust fund awardees display certificates, From Left: Prof. H. Koaze, Mr. L. B. Kipkorir, Mr. A. S. Mbarak, Dr. M. Mwaniki, Prof. V. Ngumi, Prof. K. Too, Mr. B.A. Omondi, Prof. Kwanza, Mr. P. J. Iligha, Mr. S. O. Owiti, Dr. H. Ndirangu, Mr. A. O. Thomas, Prof. G. T. Thiongo

(Posted by Esther Ndiwa)