The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has signed an MoU with the Kenya National Drama Festival (KNDF), a deal which makes the KFCB the title sponsor of the Kenya Drama Festivals in 2019. The platinum cash sponsorship is Kshs 10.8 million, with other forms of sponsorship taking the total to over Kshs 20 million. Speaking at the MoU signing function, KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua outlined the importance of art, saying it has the tools to shape the society and shed light on vital issues affecting the country like corruption.
He said the MoU will enable the board to advance the Big Four Agenda, by nurturing talents, which will later enable them to create wealth, thus boosting development. Mutua said the partnership will not only allow talent to be nurtured but through arts, the moral rot in the society will be addressed, including the lack of sexual morality and drug abuse. He said other partners will also be sought, “We shall mobilize other sponsors to take up other items in cash or kind and ill partner with like-minded people to make the event a resounding success,” he said.
On his part, Kenya National Drama Festival chairman Prof. C J Odhiambo said the signing of the MoU is set to change the industry in Kenya, adding that they are happy to partner with KFCB. He said the deal will pave the way for capacity development and create an opportunity to have better artists in the country. He also said the deal will enable them to align with the Big Four Agenda since its part of job creation and enlarging the arts industry.