(Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo (centre), with members of his family during the launch of his book, The Silent Footsteps, at Kibabii University on Thursday 8th October, 2020. PHOTO/SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS)
Kibabii University’s VC Prof. Isaac Ipara on Thursday 8th October, 2020, launched his highly anticipated biography The Silent Footsteps to share his experience in the academic journey.
The event, which took place at Kibabii University, attracted over 100 invite-only members who hailed the academician for the milestone.
Speaking during the colourful event, Prof Ipara thanked his family, friends and colleagues who have stood with him throughout his 42 year-career.
“As I launch this book, I won’t fail to acknowledge my family, friends and colleagues,” said the Prof.
The book, The Silent Footsteps by Prof Isaac Ipara Odeo, talks about his journey in the teaching world right from a college tutor to head one of the country’s fastest rising university.
His village neighbour in Tongaren and Bungoma Deputy Governor Prof Charles Ngome appluded the Prof for the 42-year old journey as a teacher and administrator.
Professor Odeo is celebrating his 42 years in the teaching career at different levels of education. He started as a Secondary School teacher in 1978 then became a college tutor in 1986 before moving on to become a Tutor Fellow in the university two years later.
Prof. Odeo rose through the ranks as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer to Professor. He has mentored and supervised dozens of PhD students. Professor Odeo was appointed as the Founding Vice-Chancellor of Kibabii University in 2016.
In the Silent Footsteps, Prof. Odeo talks about his journey in the education sector and other aspects of life.
Professor Nathan Ogechi, the DVC at Moi Univeersity, described Prof. Ipara as a true hero and inspiration to the younger generation.
“The story of Prof. Ipara Odeo is a trure reflection of William Arthur’s Wards saying that a mediocre teacher tells, a good teacher explains, a superior teacher demonstrates and a great teacher inspires,” said Prof. Ogechi.
“Mwalimu Ipara, as I always called him, was my under-graduate lecturer. He undertook his work with an element of finesse that left me not just informed, but strongly inspired.”
It was the first time Kibabii University was having a public lecture and book launch.
In attendance were National CAS in the Ministry of Education Zack Kinuthia, former Bungoma County senatorial aspirant Dr. Juma Mukwana, Bungoma County ECM for Education Dr. Betty Mayeku, County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti, others.