Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign – Kenya 2017

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Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign - Kenya 2017

Participating Organizations:

1) University of Nairobi – College of Health Sciences 2) High Schools: a) Upperhill School b) Kianda School c) Makini School d) Lenana School e) Loght Academy f) Green Gardens Secondary School 3) Kenya Neuroscience Society (KNS)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

Three events



Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Other: Career lecture and Brain Bee for High School students

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

76 high school students participated in the Brain Bee. Number for General Public and University Students event is unknown (approximately 500)

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1) The Kenya Brain Bee Championship for High School Students – 76 students participated with Miss Ashley Mwikali of Green Garden’s Secondary School emerging the winner of Kenya Brain Bee 2017 2) Neuroanatomy, neurohistology and neurophysiology laboratory tours 3) Keynote address: Ubongo Lecture 2017 (Delivered by the Chief Guest, Professor Isaac Kibwage, Principal College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi) 4) Career lectures: Host: Dr. Philip Mwachaka Guest speakers: Dr. Ambrose Agweyu (Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign Founder), Dr. Moses Obimbo and Dr. Peter Kitunguu 5) Special lecture-drugs abuse and the brain. Dr. Boniface Chitayi, Psychiatrist

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails and mailings - these gave a personal touch. The Secretariat of the Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign and Brain Bee in Kenya will be using more of social media for advertising to reach a wider audience and more youth


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • BAW Certificate of Participation

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

1) Successfully hosting the Kenya Brain Bee Championship (part of the International Brain Bee Championships) 2) Hands-on laboratory sessions on neuroanatomy, neurohistology and neurophysiology 3) Increasing awareness of neurscience and its importance amongst high school and University students as well as the general public

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Fundraising outside of neuroscience institutions – such as private companies and government agencies to increase the scope and encourage greater participation

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

We’re creating more social media presence on Facebook and will be accessing more of the materials on Facebook

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Nchafatso Gikenyi Obonyo

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:


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