by JOANNE KIRIMI (Form 1 East 2009)
Story telling in the African culture is an essential means of passing information and relaying messages. It is to this that we owe our rich heritage and history as Kenyans and Africans. Story Moja story-telling competition grants people from Educational Institutions a chance to showcase their story-telling talent.
This was the opportunity that I received on 1st. August 2009. After holding auditions on 27th.July 2009 in our school, I was picked to be one of the three participants who would represent our school in the semi finals and finals.
I narrated a story about a woman who tried to conform to the upcoming changes in technology but had started to long for her old and simple life. The judges were impressed with my story and I was able to proceed to the finals.
The finals were held on the main stage before a much larger crowd and a new set of adjudicators and on parade were six finalists among whom only two were high school students. I performed to the best of my ability and emerged top in the process winning a trip to The United Kingdom later this year.
The trip to the UK was postponed and took place in June 2010. Surfice it to say, the trip was an eye opener, a source of encouragement to many a talented artist and indeed most appreciated.