Kibabii University Choir scooped 13 trophies and 14 certificates during the National Music Festival held between 17-25th September, 2022 in the lakeside City of Kisumu. The University had registered a total of 14 classes for the Competition.
A Choral Verse on Cyber Security, authored by the Club Patron Dr. Janet Nabiswa attracted an award from the Kenya Communications Authority for the relevance and adequacy of presentation by the students. Dr. Nabiswa is a Lecturer in Educational Psychology and a seasoned script writer and trainer of music and dance. Another notable win was a Luhya Folk song that attracted an invitation to perform both at Winners’ Gala Concert and State Concert that was graced by the Deputy President of Republic of Kenya, Hon. Rigathi Gachagua on 23rd September, 2022.
The performance has revealed an upward trajectory with the team winning a number of trophies over the years; 2015 (no trophy), 2016 (1 trophy), 2017 (4 trophies), 2018 (7 trophies), 2019 (10 trophies) and 2022 (13 trophies).
The Awards were presented to the University Management by students alongside the Club’s Patron, the Deputy Dean of Students Dr. Benson N. Murumba and the Dean of Students Dr. Alice Chemutai Mutai.
The Patron thanked the Management for supporting talents for years since inception.
“We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and the entire University Management Board for according the young ones an opportunity to showcase talent and compete with other universities across Kenya. Gratitude also goes to Dean Students and her entire staff for the support,” Dr. Nabiswa said.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo was elated by the performance and commended the brilliant attributes he termed as the best recipes for success in talent performance.
“The best performing athletes and artists in the world have made it through personal discipline, humility and resilience. We have many examples of those who have cut short fast rising careers because lacking these basics,” he said.
In his counsel, the Vice Chancellor challenged the students to promote leadership skills within their circles to ensure their objectives are met.
In attendance during the ceremony was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics and Students Affairs) Prof. Henry Kirimi Kiriamiti, DVC (Administration, Finance and Development) Prof. Donald Siamba and Ag. DVC (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation) Prof. Julius Maiyo.
Below is a summary of entries and awards won:
Luhya Folk Song.
Luhya Folk Dance
Gishu Folk Song
Kisii Folk song
Sabaot Folk Song
Sabaot Folk Dance
Choral Verse on Ethics in Public Service
Choral Verse countering Violent Extremism
Choral Verse on online identity and Cyber Security
Choral Verse on Kenya Revenue Authority