Does Kenya Recognise her Outstanding Citizens Living and Working in Diaspora?
On Wednesday this week, Kenya Diaspora Alliance will host Kenyans who live and work abroad, and have come home for their holiday celebrations with family and friends, at the Ole Sereni Hotel for the fifth Diaspora Homecoming Convention.
The event themed ‘Knowledge Management and Youth Engagement’, aims at discussing the potential of having a recognition scheme for outstanding members of the diaspora.
To start with, some of these top achievers abroad in terms of the esteemed and acknowledged would be classified into three as: legacy icons, established living icons and, the emerging icons.
Mazrui, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Chapurukha Kusimba would qualify in these categories respectively.
Someone like Washington Ochieng, an engineering professor at Imperial College in London who is credited for leading the design of transports systems in Europe and especially so, the London transport system should be recognized back home.
If such recognitions are made, maybe Kenya would not only gain higher remittances from Kenyans in the Diaspora but also the knowledge and skills that they have gained to better our country.