Transforming Leadership in Africa
For the first time in Kenya, The African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) – in partnership with The Bible Society of Kenya – and with the support of the Kenyan Government, held a four-day Leadership Forum in a bid to empower and inspire leaders of all backgrounds to address specific challenges within their communities.
The four-day forum, which was themed:Transforming Leadership in Africa, was officially opened by His Excellency the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto on Tuesday 27th September 2016 at the Kenya School of Government.
In his speech, H.E. Deputy President Hon. Ruto applauded efforts by The African Biblical Leadership Initiative, to not only congregate leaders from diverse parts of the continent, but to inspire and promote integrity in contemporary leadership. He added that values of integrity, stewardship and diversity resonate well with our national values. He lauded the Bible Society of Kenya for the noble role it is playing to translate the Bible into languages people understand best.
“I am deeply appreciative of the need for leaders across the continent to work together and help one another faithfully meet the demands of leadership. As Africa continues to grow, our citizens continue to demand more accountability and integrity from their leaders. This forum, therefore, provides a platform for African leaders to have a conversation on the challenges facing Africa and its timeliness cannot be overstated” – Deputy President William Ruto remarked at the conference.
Also present at the conference was Nairobi County Governor, His Excellency Dr. Evans Kidero who welcomed all the delegates to Nairobi County. He appreciated the work of Bible Society of Kenya and encouraged the Society to utilize technology in their translation work so as to ensure that the communities without Bibles receive them speedily.
Established in 2009, The African Biblical Leadership Initiative is a partnership between a coalition of Bible Societies and Christian ministries, working together with the Africa Area Office of United Bible Societies (UBS). The ABLI Forum – which has in the past been held in Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana and Uganda – will seek to empower Kenyan leaders with Biblical truths which will foster integrity in leadership.
According to The Bible Society of Kenya General Secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki, the forum comes at an appropriate time when most of the African leaders have opted to look to the west to solve their problems, even though they have solutions at their disposal. Mrs. Muriuki also added that we are all leaders in our different capacities hence we should strive to make a difference wherever we are.
“The ABLI Forum is a dynamic platform for change in the African society and our aim is to empower leadership at all levels in Africa with Biblical values which foster integrity in leadership. Leadership is one of the causes of under-development in Africa and everything stands or falls on leadership,” stated Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki.
In the course of the four-day conference, The Africa Biblical Leadership Initiative Forum also focused on youth and leadership. It brought together leaders from varied sectors and countries in the continent. Ugandan Anti-Corruption High Court judge Justice Dr. Catherine Bamugemereire, Global Vice President for Campus Crusade for Christ, Dr. Delanyo Adadevoh, Kenya Commercial Bank Chief Business Officer, Mr. Samuel Makome – among others – who served as speakers during the Forum.
The ABLI conference brought together over 160 delegates from over 15 countries and aims at stirring a movement that will see leaders continue to network as well as implement proposals that were made during the conference.