Bungoma High School proved to the region that they remain the giants of talent when they put behind a tough week that rattled the headlines to glitter their name at the just ended Bungoma County Schools Drama Festivals.
The school emerged the winner in the choral verse category as their electrifying piece “Mtandautandu” scripted and directed by seasonal wizard Mr Toili Khisa and Produced by Mr Samwel Kaunda that moved the audience as they drove home their message on responsible use of the Internet.
Chebukaka Girls and Kuywa Girls took the runners-up and first runners-up positions respectively.
As if that was not enough, their dance “Ehandsheki” beat Bukembe and surprise Maeni Girls to emerge the top in the Creative Cultural dance cartegory.
The results come as a massage oiling to Bungoma High School who had a difficult week marred with Friday morning’s strike that saw more than eight hundred students storm out of school to protest against what they termed cruel leadership from their school principal Mr Samwel Kaunda. Among the reasons the students cited included the lack of good will to support co-curricular activities. But the strike seemed to have motivated the boys on stage.
In the play cartegory, it was an all-Friends Church affair as Kamusinga, Chesamisi and Lugulu Girls (all sponsored by the Friends Church – Quakers) stormed the regional with their brilliant performances.
Kamusinga electrified the audience with their play “Casket” scripted by Fred Wanjala and Produced by Alex Kariuki. The play magnifies the role of the youths in upbringing moral responsibility in the society.
It was however, Chesamisi High School – who return to the Regional competition after five years since the current St Mary’s Yala Boys play director Fredrick Shitubi left the school in 2013 – that fed the audience with a unique, thrilling play “The Dirge of Diram” set in the ancient Arabic era. The moving play, scripted by Dominic Kalicha and Directed by Ms Anne Waweru and Mr Omega tackled corruption in regimes and how good leaders can be sabotaged by the people they appoint to help them lead.
Chesamisi High school also had their modern dance finish first runners-up after Kakamwe and Webuye DEB.
The festival, which was being held at Ndivisi Girls High School in Webuye West Sub-County, kicked off on Wednesday morning with several schools showcasing their talent.
The theme of the festival is “Promoting Moral Responsibilities Through Drama Festival”. In an exclusive interview with this publication, the Bungoma County Drama Festival Chairman Mr. Hudson Barasa expressed his satisfaction in the manner the organising committee that also include Mr Edward Supria as the Secretary and Mergery Lubano as the treasurer, conducted the festival.
“So far, the festival was well conducted and the organising committee did a tremendous job. I want to thank all the participants for their impressive inputs and urge teachers, students and co-operate sponsors to support these amazing talent,” the Mapera Secondary School Principal told Wakajuanes.Com.
Three adjudicators drawn from outside Bungoma County were hired to scrutinise the teams. They include Ms Rosemary Okiya from Vihiga County, Mr Paul Oduor from Migori County and Huddah Ila from Kisumu County.
The proceeding teams will represent the County at the Western Region Drama Festival in Chakol Girls, Busia County, starting from 10th March to 15th March, 2019.
It is not clear if the County Government of Bungoma headed by H.E Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati will host the gala for the winning teams before the regional competition as it’s Bungoma County that will host this year’s Schools and Colleges National Drama Festival in April for the first time in the history of Bungoma.
Here are the winning teams in each cartegories presented at the County Drama Festival.
- Kitinda Secondary
- Eluya Girls
- Lugulu Girls
- Sikhendu Girls
- Webuye DEB
- St. Brigits Kitai
- Kibabii Boys
- Bungoma High
- Chebukaka Girls
- Kuywa Girls
CULTURE CREATIVE DANCE
- Bungoma High
- Friends School Bukembe Boys
- Maeni Girls
- Friends School Kamusinga
- Friends School Chesamisi
- Friends School Lugulu Girls