Society / Education
Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 16:25 EATlbramwel@kenyafreepress.com
The 90th edition of the Kenya National Music Festivals that went down at The Safaricom Stadium Kasarani from the 8th-18th of August saw Kabianga University from Kericho County amass significant prizes.
The University managed to win in the tertiary institutions category by amassing themselves a whopping 87 points under the theme ‘citizen’s participation in security’(the Nyumba Kumi initiative)'.Their song stressed the importance of citizens knowing their neighbors in order to keep the enemy at bay.
Besides that, the university also managed to clinch the first position under the theme ‘examinations cheating’ with 85 points. The item focused on students avoiding unscrupulous means to pass exams and instead embrace hard work. Both items were composed by music czar Humphrey Kisia. The University also managed to clinch the 3rdand 4th positions in male piece and poem respectively.
“This is a great achievement for the university and as choir members we’ve been motivated to work even harder next year and the years to come,” said Sarah Rono, the university’s vice chair and a choir member.
The event is arguably the largest that brings together learners from primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions in as far as music is concerned.
Different themes dominated the festivals with all participants trying to remain relevant in order to win the adjudicators' confidence. Such themes included: citizen’s participation in security (Nyumba Kumi initiative), corruption, responsible use of social media, examination cheating, teachers’ pay, and Central Bank’s role in the economy among others. The overall theme of the festival was ‘Nurturing innovative competencies for economic prosperity.’
The Central Bank, who were the main sponsors of the festival, had sponsosred the theme at the event under its name to celebrate 50 years since its inception.
The category attracted a large number of participants who were mainly motivated by the prize that was set to be awarded to the winners by the Bank. Dry Girls from Nakuru County emerged winners in the schools category. Thogoto Teachers Training College won amongst tertiary institutions and got the Sh200,000 prize money. The song was composed by Richard Kadhambi- the CBK music director.
As the curtains came down at Kasarani, the winning teams were elated that their efforts paid off while the losers were challenged to work even harder in the coming festivals and perform better.
The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.