Last Friday on the 10th April we had another of our monthly Blogathons where we encouraged creatives to go over the top with their ambitions using the theme Dare To Dream. This time we did it a little different,we invited a live audience and an open mic session among other entertainment at Kilele Lab. It was also particularly special because it was in the commemoration of the International Day for Street Children. It is usually celebrated on 12th but we chose to have it earlier in order to coincide with the Blogathon.We started off a bit later than was scheduled because there was a little down pour just before the event and in Kenya, electricity infrastructure cant stand the test of a little rain so we had to make some quick arrangements to get the generator up and running which cost us at least 15mins.
We had an amazing line up of performances for the evening so immediately we got the power up,it was go time.First on stage was the DeKUT Travelling Theatre with an electrifying (pun intended) performance of Child Of Shame by Salem Lorot. They brought with them all the street paraphernalia and for the time they were up, the stage had turned into Gakere Street in Nyeri.
We had several poets on stage doing their thing like Dennis Peters,Francis (Puppeteer) including yours truly.
We also took the audience through a power point about the hosts BAKE DeKUT. What we’re all about,our progress and our plans for the future which include an Externship program and to be the lead in setting the agenda for the student community use of the internet availed by the school administration and the use of social media responsibly.We also show cased our Photography Externship Project which is a pilot of the Externship program.Our current externs, Jeff,Trica and Esther gave their experience and what they had learnt during the project We also had a discussion about what street children go through and some of the challenges they face everyday and how the society can be of help to them. Children and Youth Empowerment Center (CYEC) in Thunguma is one of the organizations that address the plight of Street Children. They have a rehabilitation program where kids are taken through school and vocational training in order to make something of themselves. We are able to link up to CYEC through Zawadi Society which was a key partner in putting together the event alongside County Media ltd
Later in the evening we had a performance by Salsa Untamed which brought some latino vibe in the building and left some of us regretting our two left feet.They were scheduled to perform at a function where PLO Lumumba was to grace the day after so we could brag that we had seen the snippet before him. Yeah,they are kind of a big deal right now.We also had a surprise performance by Sanii Band which did a very wonderful cover of Royals by Lorde.
After the performances we had our guest speaker and winner of the Blogathon Challenge Lydia Muthoni a poet,writer,actor, and 4th year B.Ed English and Literature student at UoN talk about how one can overcome situations that face us everyday by not losing focus on our dreams and goals.She narrated a story of her life as an orphan and what she has been through to what she is today.It was a very inspiring end to the event and I’m sure she did wake many dreams and encouraged many more that night (Pun intended) Find her piece below. Other top submissions were puppeteerlefrancis.wordpress.com githinjikiragu.wordpress.com and damarysw.wordpress.com Event photography by our externs Esther Mukiri,Trica Wanjiku and Jeff Ng’ang’a, See more photos on our Facebook page