Western schools perform well at the drama fest; DP says talents must turn to job opportunities

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Deputy President William Ruto presenting a trophy at the National Drama and Film Festival
Deputy President William Ruto presenting a trophy at the National Drama and Film Festival

The Western region posted sterling performances at the National drama and film festival, highlighted by the performances of Namkhele primary school from Kabuchai Sub County, Bungoma County and St. Claire Maragoli girls school from Vihiga. The 60th edition of the drama fest, which started on 3rd April brought together many participants, and performances were in line for Deputy President William Ruto and other state officials on Friday, including Education CS Prof. George Magoha

Riara school form Nairobi was the best overall school, followed by Kabarak school form Nakuru with their skit titled ‘The Forbidden Act’, which highlighted the effects of technology to the young generation without the much needed parental guidance.

During the festival state concert at Kibabii on Friday, Deputy President William Ruto urged the Kenya Film Classification Board to set aside funds that will facilitate the nurturing of young talents. After watching some of the presentations, he wondered why Kenaysn waste their time by watching movies from other nations when the country has sufficient talent. “And I dare say that we are doing a great disservice to these children if we do not give them the opportunity for them to be the success that they already are…the opportunities that exist for these performers, is enormous,” he said.

He said the entertainment industry has the potential to employ between 300,000 and 500,000 Kenyans if it’s nurtured well, “The opportunity to create jobs and the opportunity to create opportunities and to create wealth out of the entertainment industry is here with us but it is slipping away from us because of confusion and disorganization and lack of clarity on what we need to do.”

By Thaddeus Wachiye