Message from the GENS Trilateral Chair holder!
On 15 May 2019, news were flowing effortlessly in Stellenbosch University about the birth of an African Child, the Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Urban Poor Environments Trilateral Research Chair, in short, Gender for Energy Security (GENS)!
This felt like the triumph that comes after a steep uphill climb, with so many champions and contributors involved in this process. It is my great pleasure and honour to thank all the people behind the scenes of the entire process, including: Stellenbosch University for nominating me for the Trilateral Research Chair; the National Research Foundation and the Newton fund through British Council, for the funding of the GENS Trilateral Chair; the wonderful staff in the Research Development of Stellenbosch University; amazing colleagues at the School of Public Leadership, the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences; outstanding collaborating partners in Brunel University London and University of Nairobi; the postgraduate researchers of the three collaborating partners; and the supportive colleagues from wider-Stellenbosch University faculties and departments. Together, we are celebrating the launch of the GENS Trilateral Chair, and forging processes to expand our network and collaboration, as we recite the poem “My African Child”, composed by Josephine Musango.
My African Child
What a wonderful beauty you are!
Born on the African soil, connected to the globe!
Your passion shines like a morning star!
Lighting every corner of the globe!
Who is this African Child?
Authentic, free-spirited, attracting like a magnet!
She watches in silence as everyone draws attention to her
Her smile melts the heart of the world
Every word the African Child speaks is mesmerizing
So softly, she whispers into my ear
To the amazement of everyone watching
I’m tuned into the dance of the African Child!
Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango