Mount Kenya University (MKU) don Donatus Njoroge has emerged the winner of the National Innovation Award 2018/2019.
The innovation award under the Agriculture, Food Security and Technologies category attracted Kshs. 800,000 which will 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).
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. 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.
In an interview, Njoroge revealed that he hopes to nurture vibrant ecosystems for student innovators under the MKU incubation program and share his views on the innovation spirit that is stealthily fueling 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.