Two innovators are among 470 passengers who will be flying to New York during the historic Kenya Airways direct flights to New York on October 30.
The two will join 234 passengers in the Kenya Airways 787 Dreamliner leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on October 26th before they join a similar number of passengers for a return flight from John F. Kennedy Airport on October 30th.
The 26 year old duo Shirlene Nafula and Evans Wadongo were handed their return tickets in State House by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dane who was joined by Kenya Airways head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Events Jacquie Muhati.
The president’s big four development agenda which includes innovative and creativity formed the ground in which the two were selected. The two are specialized in areas of biotechnology and solar energy.
Ms. Shirlene Nafula who is a graduate from the Nairobi University, hold a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and biotechnology is also the chief Executive Officer of crystal River products which manufactures bio-based beauty and hygiene products.
Her company seeks to be the leading producer of bio-based beauty and hygiene products in the world. Mr. Wafula on the other hand is an engineer and founder of the solar powered LED lantern dubbed Mwanga Bora. His innovation is a one of the fastest replacement of the smoky kerosene across the Kenyan villages.
Through his organization, sustainable Development for All (SDFA) Wafula has also been able to sponsor youth to teach them on how they can make such lantern, sell and make profits.
Mr. Wafula has so far been able to distribute the lantern to hundreds of households across the country.
During the three day visit in USA, the duos are expected to report back on what they have learnt.
They are expected to join fellow innovators in the USA and exchange ideas on how ell to expand their innovations. During the event as State House, Kanze Dena highlighted the President’s goal on uplifting the youth.
She further said that the future of the country’s economy largely depends on the youth.
Kenya Airways direct flights join a small number of African countries that operate similar routes the like of South Africa.
The Nairobi-JFK International Airport flights will take approximately 15 hours which is a 7 hours reduction in time spent compared to the current time spent to travel between the two cities.
Hundreds of travelers are said to have already booked for the inaugural flight and other seats already booked for different dates to the month ending December 2018.