A team from the Department of Media Technology and Applied Communication (MTAC) and the JKUAT Drama Club team were out on a winning spree at the just concluded National Drama Festivals hosted at Shanzu Teachers College in Mombasa from 20th -30th April 2023. The drama team won first place in both the Comedy and Modern dance categories while the MTAC team won first place in the feature film, second place for the advert, second and third place in the Short film category, and finally third place in the Documentary category.
The drama club led by their Chair, Keree Lamech, a graduate of Bachelor of Journalism, and their Matron, Beatrice Kamonjo from the office of the Dean of Students took part in a modern dance on Banditry, a story choreographed by Allan Were and a Comedy on campus life presented by Vodaphone Sewe aka “Peloy” a 1.2 student pursuing BSc. Human Resource Management and directed by Keree Lamech. The two items were performed at the Gala held on 28th -29th April and will represent Kenya at the East Africa level.
Speaking after the win, the Drama Club chairperson, Keree Lamech, thanked the team for the good work and the University Management for their support. “I am proud of what we have achieved. We began at the Regional level, won 8 trophies, and now we are the best at nationals again. Presenting 8 items on stage is not a joke and I, therefore, thank all directors of the items, students, and the University at large. JKUAT is an art hub.”
On the other hand, the MTAC team, consisting of films picked from projects done by JKUAT students and later submitted for the competition, performed extremely well, maintaining its winning spree. The Feature film category won four awards, namely Best films exposing social evils, Best entertaining film, Best Actress, and Best supporting actress.
Under the short film category, JKUAT won several awards that saw her clinch positions two and three as the actors managed to win Best Actor and Actress awards. In the documentary and advert categories, JKUAT managed to clinch position three (3) and two (2) respectively.
Other JKUAT participants who were awarded include: “Circus of Ubuntu” a Play by Migeni Mark which won the IEBC trophy, a Kiswahii Narrative performed by Lamech, a Cultural dance by Beatrice Nyandia, a Mime by Joseph Nganga, Spoken word by Dukelau Gishane, a choral verse by Desmond Marera who all got the 1st runner-up award and finally a solo verse performed by Kanyuaigwa, who won the adjudicators award.
The JKUAT Drama Club plans to perform the items before the entire institution and University Management to celebrate the success together.