Led by Nandi County Youth Bunge President Nicholas Kibet, a strong team of selected youths from Nandi County, together went to Rift Valley Youth Forum and Exhibition that was held in Nakuru County. It was held for the first time in Afraha Stadium from 13th to 15th of May 2015.
National Youth Bunge Association was the highly recognized institution which currently consists of many Youth Groups and is continuously empowering youths primarily in economic income-generating activities, politics and education.
Dismas Kipsongok was selected to represent Nandi Hills sub-county and in the event he learnt great things to share with youths not only in Nandi Hills but also across Nandi County the lessons learnt from the 3-day sponsored event, with chief objective to educate youths and strengthen innovativity and creativity. Various counties exhibited their great IGAs to many leaders and attending youths the power and transformation that their unity in Youth Bunges has done, and Nandi County exhibited Fluffy Mats and traditional hot pots (baskets).
On Day 1, Nandi County governer Dr Cleophas Lagat was the chief guest. In his speech he expressed the need for county governments to prioritize youth funds deployment, employment among other key factors. With him was Elgeiyo Marakwet governer Hon Kachapin who lauded the Yes Youth Can! Program for uniting many youths in Kenya and thanked his youths representing the furthest end of Elgeiyo Marakwet for attending the transformational expo despite the distance.
Day 2 of the event marked the climax of YYC! Conference. The chief activity was the night of Mss and Mr YYC, that was held in Jarika County Lodge. Contestants, who were trained and costumed by Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies (RVIBS), hit the centre stage bouncing with blaring music spotting different custumes ranging from casual, official, traditional and *labour.
The Good News
It was good news when Nandi County emerged First Runners Up in both Male and Female in Miss and Mr YYC, (Raymond and Liz respectively). Nakuru, host, scooped winners in both categories.
Arise Nandi was indeed happy when Shiro won Miss YYC! for Nakuru because she was brought up in Nandi Hills where their home is still based in. She is a Nandi Hills youth and was an active member of the now defunct Nandi Enlighters.
This made Nandi Hills known to few that it is the source of Champions as well as county’s most historic town.
Day 3 recapped the successful event with vote of thanks. Bomet County governer Isack Ruto was in attendance accompanied by various leaders who gave their speeches as well.
Youths were empowered to take charge of the self-employment and contribute positively to the nation building. Many challenges facing youths are slowly being done away with.
Honourable Mwaura noted a very important aspect of loan disbursement from Youth Enterprise Fund, YEP. He strongly condemned financial institutions for unnecessary restrictions and urged to reduce many long and tedious procedures in loan application.
He said that the tiresome application processes is one of the worst hindering factors in youth enterprise development.
“Youths are wrongly termed as leaders of tomorrow, they’re leaders of today”. He said.
Did You Know?
Throughout the event, Nandi County youths were congratulated several times in the podium for being vibrant, cheerful and also coming in numbers than any other county.
– Mercy Corps
– Nakuru County Gov’t
– Nandi County Gov’t
Theme: Showcasing Youth Innovations and The Impact of The Yes Youth Can! Program.
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