Zetech Wins Big in 2019 National Drama Festival
Zetech University drama team, Zetech Furnace, impressed in the 2019 National Drama Festival scooping the top prize in several categories during the show in Bungoma County. In the cultural creative dance category, Zetech staged a piece christened Afande Jawar which is a fascinating story that explores the relationship between the youth and the police, and how best to create a healthy rapport between the two groups of society.
In the piece, David Musuku was awarded Best choreographer, topping up additional awards including; Best Producer, Best Female Dancers as well as Best costume and décor. Geoffrey Omungu, who was the male soloist, clinched the 1st Runners up award.
The University also took home the number one prize in the choral verse category for a gripping performance dubbed Makabwela, a piece that tackled corruption, a matter that is currently plaguing the country; the team beat Mount Kenya University (MKU) Nakuru and Kenyatta University (Ruiru) who came in second and third respectively. In the category, the verse was also picked as the Best Choral Verse in Kiswahili and the Best in creativity and presentation. The piece was further awarded for producing the Best Director and Best Producer.
Celebrating the win, Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene said, “As an institution, we are determined to ensure our students get to showcase their skills while making positive impact in society through art and education. We are proud of Zetech Furnace for excelling in the national contest.” said Prof Munene.
In other categories, Furnace impressed adjudicators with their Play, Lacerations, which questioned society on whether giving birth to a woman is a blessing or a curse given challenges faced in accessing quality health care, was named the Best item in gender response; the piece was also reviewed as the best in promoting family values and human rights during the central region festivals held in Nyeri in March.
This year’s theme, Promoting moral responsibility among the youth through theatre and film, was timely and appropriate for the youth to encourage them to adopt moral behavior in light of demands from society and their peers.