U.S. Embassy Welcomes Academic Leader

PAO Roberto Quiroz II, Dr. Kini-Yen Kinni, and CAO Merlyn Schultz at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde on November 16, 2015.
PAO Roberto Quiroz II, Dr. Kini-Yen Kinni, and CAO Merlyn Schultz at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde on November 16, 2015. [USEYde Photo]
On November 16, the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed the visit of Dr. Kini-Yen Kinni, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bamenda University and lecturer on Political Science at the University of Buea.  He was met by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II and Cultural Affairs Officer Merlyn Schultz, who lauded his academic accomplishments, as well as his previous service as cultural advisor to the Peace Corps in Cameroon.

Highlighting his professional experiences in Germany, Italy, France, the United States, and Cameroon, Dr. Kinni observed that individuals can learn valuable lessons distinct to each country.  He also discussed his academic work as Vice Dean and professor, noting: “Cameroonian professors seek to instill the best academic rigors for our students and to challenge them to develop critical thinking skills. I am impressed by many of our students who demonstrate great potential.  All great accomplishments begin with a vision.  Having a vision is what made Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and others the leaders in their fields.  Who knows what accomplishments our students may attain in the future to contribute to Cameroon? Private sector growth is necessary to further develop our country, and sectors such as fashion, industry, enterprises, and others.  It is up to them to establish their own positive vision, and to professors like us to encourage them.”  He also discussed his upcoming three part series book titled “Pan-Africanism: Political Philosophy and Socio-Economic Anthropology for African Liberation and Governance,” which included Africa’s strong influence in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

“We are honored by your visit and admire your stellar academic accomplishments.  We are especially grateful for your years of service teaching generations of our Peace Corps volunteers about Cameroon’s unique cultural values, heritage, and traditions.  As you noted, Africa’s and Cameroon’s cultural influence in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America is strong, evidenced in our music, cuisine, and own traditions which many Americans have traced to this land.  We look forward to visiting your students and strengthening our partnership,” said Mr. Quiroz.

Ms. Schultz presented Dr. Kinni a book titled “American Fashion” and thanked him for his lifetime commitment to educate Cameroonian youth.  “Your work makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of many students and in inspiring them to prepare themselves to give their best as the next generation of leaders in all sectors,” she said.

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