Mixed fortunes for Western Kenya region as annual drama fest enters Gala stage
Written by John Kabaka
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St. Francis Mangu girls perfoms a play "The Bitter Pill" at Kakamega School. Photo/ John Kabaka.
Western Province scored mixed fortunes as the curtains to this year’s schools and colleges’ national drama festivals came down on the finalists Monday.
The region entered four items out of a total of ten titles to present at the gala beginning this morning at Kakamega High school under the primary schools and Early Childhood development (ECD) category but was not as lucky managing only two entries in the secondary category.
The only entries into the gala from the secondary category from the region were Bungoma High through a choral verse and hosts Kakamega High through a French play.
They join Alliance Girls, Bright Academy, Kitale High, Malindi High, Kenya High, Menengai High and Kiriba Girls.
Booker Academy won entry to appear at the gala through her solo verse “The Nightmare” as well as a play “Our Daily Bread” and would be joined by Lugulu boarding primary with a narrative and St. Annes’ Mumias ECD singing game presentation title “Peremende.”
Other winners in the category include Sony Sugar whose solo verse “Loney Princess” will be the first on stage followed by Bonanza school winning choral verse titled “Uwanja” and St. Thomas Aquinas play “Father and I.”
Victory Junior school, St. Augustine and Naikara Boys will complete the participants at the gala from the primary section.
Kadika girls- Migori performs a dance at the ongoing annual drama fest in kakamega school's hall
The winners will be joined by winners from the colleges and universities who were announced later at the second drama venue at Mukumu girls High school.
Announcing the results, the adjudication panel and the organizers of the festival also send out a stern warning to universities to respect and uphold the dignity of the festival.
The team particularly took issue with teams from the private universities whose conduct on stage threatened to put the festival in disrepute.
Chavakali Boys high school wound up presentations at Kakamega School with an exhilarating Luhya dance “Kusimba” highlighting the predicament of youth unemployment in the country and how it drives young graduates into crime.
The dance reflected the desperation of a graduate, who joins a terrorist militia Al Shabaab after failing to get a job, is later arrested, tried and imprisoned.
The play followed a solo verse “My salon” from Kaptagat girls which sought to give credence to all jobs.
Friends School Kamusinga had earlier kept the audience entertained with a narrative “Nyalgunga” which sought to demonstrate that destiny of how love can be used to achieve national unity.