Photos by Rebecca Musanga and Nicholas Gisemba
The fourth annual Children of Kibera Music Festival, which took place at Kibra Academy over the weekend was the place to be, on 22nd and 23rd June. This year’s theme was responsible leadership in elective positions where over thirty primary and secondary schools participated including: Kibra Academy, Olympic Primary, Ayany Primary, Baraka Za Ibrahim Secondary school. Dance groups were also part of the event as they showcased their talents in the art world. Some of the participating groups included Kibera Hamlets and The Girls Soccer Academy, which entertained the people present.
The performances had participating schools pass different messages and themes in relation to good governance, education, election violence, peace, political instability, among others. These were well portrayed by solo and choral verses not forgetting dances which incorporated both traditional and modern dances. A lot of creativity was shown in terms of costume, choice of narration, words and types of dances performed but the judges were looking for the most outstanding performance to earn the most awaited trophy.
|Uweza's table at the event|
And as the event entered the second day, all participating schools had an opportunity to convince the judges why they deserved to win in different categories. Judges had a very tough time coming up with the best performance because all the schools did their best. Upon completion of all the performances it was time to announce the winners. Kibera Glory Secondary School took the trophy for the best overall performance since they won many trophies. Both the secondary and primary students had a moment to shed tears of joy as they lifted their trophies high as they danced to different tunes. This proved that their effort was worth it as the day came to an end.
|Some of the winners celebrate as they accept their trophies|
More photos of the event can be seen here.
Rebecca Musanga and Nicholas Gisemba are members of the Uweza Journalism Club.