“We will join TUM so that we can also innovate, wavumbuziiii (innovators)….” the crowd shouted. This was the message we received from the public during the Pwani F.M roadshow which was held on 13th and 14th of November 2015.
Top entertainers Susumila with his latest hit Hidaya Hidaya, Ali B, Zangalewa dancers and Pwani F.M presenters graced the occasion.
Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) took the advantage of the crowd that had gathered for the event to explain to the Public on the innovations that have been done by TUM students. Production of oil from algae project by Christine Njiru from Pure and Applied Sciences, Digital Visitors by Paul Akwabi from Computing, Sea water green house by Ken Sego, Stress meter by Lilian Munene from Medical Engineering and Shoe charging technology by Anthony Mutua left the crowd in disbelief. The Public Relations Officer Mr. Salim Chiro, explained to the crowd that TUM is one of the oldest technical institutions in Kenya which emphasizes more on practical work; and as a result the institution has become a hot bed of innovations.
Paul Akwabi, the brain behind the Paperless visitor’s book encouraged his fellow youth to join TUM adding that the University has given him many opportunities to sharpen his talent. “I have reached where I am because of TUM. I had a special interest in information technology right from my childhood. I remember when I was in class four; I took my aunt’s phone and blocked it as I was playing with it. She almost swallowed me! That was the only phone in the whole village, those days owning a mobile phone was like owning a car.” Akwabi recalls.
While flagging off the roadshow in Kwale town, Governor Salim Mvurya commended TUM for the good work and urged the youth to take education seriously.
Mr. Kula Bakari, a lecturer from Medical sciences department in TUM encouraged all Kenyans to further their education in this digital error. Mr. Kula revealed that with C- (minus) one can do a certificate course, C (plain) a diploma and C+ (plus) a degree course at TUM.
On the first day of the roadshow, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Josphat Mwatelah was on air at Pwani F.M 104.7 Mombasa and 93.7 Malindi, where he talked about the 3rd graduation ceremony which will be held on 3rd of December 2015. He also highlighted the success stories of TUM.
The two day roadshow covered Mombasa City, Kwale, Ukunda, Msambweni, Mariakani, Kaloleni, Kilifi, and Malindi Town.