The 2018 Co-operative University of Kenya’s Cultural Week celebrations has kicked off on a high note with the University’s Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Kamau Ngamau officially opening the ceremony on 12th March, 2018. In his address to the University Staff and Students at the Main Campus in Karen, the Vice Chancellor called upon them to embrace positive cultural behaviors, love, appreciate, share and respect their cultures as well as other people’s cultures.
Stressing on the need for unity among all Kenyans after a divisive electoral period, Prof. Ngamau advised everyone in the University to embrace the theme of the cultural week, ‘Our Diversity, Our Unity’ not only during the week but in their everyday life. He reminded the staff and students that none is born with culture but all are born into a cultural World adding that no culture is superior to the other despite their dynamics, “None of us is born with culture; instead we are born into a cultural world. I call upon all of us to embrace positive aspects of our culture to the end. We have about 44 ethnic groups in Kenya with diverse and different cultures; none of these is superior. Every culture has its dynamics. This makes Kenya beautiful and magical Kenya.”

Co-operative Students perform a traditional dance

On her part the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Emily Akuno reiterated the commitment of the Academic Division to fostering and growing a positive-all-round Academic Culture in the University. She hailed the University students for their commitment in embracing the cultural week as part of the academic Programme for the year 2018. In a speech delivered on her behalf by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Co-operative Development Research and Innovation Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, Prof. Akuno noted that positive behaviors are inherent in all cultures, “All our cultures are strong in morality, ethics, strong friendships and strong family values. I have not seen a culture that entertains moral decadence, drug and substance abuse among others.”

The cultural week celebrations are being held at the University’s amphitheater and comes to a halt on Friday 16th March 2018. Various performances are lined up for the week with students and staff set to showcase their cultural dresses, dishes, dances among other artefacts. The cultural week celebrations at CUK this year is sponsored by the University’s Management Board, The Students’ Governing Council, Kenya Films Classification Board, the Sian Roses, K-Unity Sacco, the Karen ward MCA Hon. David Mberia, and the Smart Applications International.

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