Varsity don scoops top position in National Innovation Award 2018/2019
Mount Kenya University is on the headlines yet again following the award of one of the staff members, Mr. Donatus Njoroge who emerged a winner in the National Innovation Award 2018/2019 a competition organized by the Kenya National Innovation Agency in line with the Government big four agenda. The innovation award under the Agriculture, Food Security and Technologies category attracted Kshs. 800,000.00 to be channeled through the University.
The innovation dubbed ‘Molepse Bio-resources’ a novel bio-pesticide to manage post-harvest losses in grains also won the East Africa Post-Harvest Technologies -2017 award organized by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Mr. Njoroge was also recognized among top 50 innovators in Africa during the Africa innovation summit that took place in Rwanda in 2018. The project was also presented at ‘The Next Einsteins Forum’, an international conference held in Rwanda in the same year.
Mr. Njoroge’s quest for innovation has placed him on a global platform where he has been named as a semifinalist for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (Gist Tech-1) by the United States Department of state and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an ongoing competition this year.
A candid interview with the young innovator revealed that he hopes to nurture vibrant ecosystems for student innovators under the Mount Kenya University incubation program and share his views on the innovation spirit that is stealthily fuelling its way across the continent. “Africa has no shortage of good ideas to develop the continent, I applaud the University management for Investing in African ingenuity” he says.