Kijana Student Teams and Individual Entries Excel at First Stage of National Music Competitions

Written by Jim Cummings |

June 15, 2024

During the first full week of June, Kijana students travelled to nearby Bukolwe Primary School for the subcounty stage of the national music festival competitions in Kenya. Our students performed excellently, winning first and second in numerous entries from lower primary through junior secondary level.  Eleven Kijana individual and team entries advanced to the county level, which was held June 13th and Saturday June 15th in Kakamega. We are particularly proud of our Scottish Dance Team, who wore brand new costumes, designed by our school tailor, Philip Oula and ideated by Kijana School Director, Ebby Shiroya. 

The Scottish Dance Team with winning certificate and teachers and school leadership: Mathews Were, Ebby Shiroya, Joseph Makokha and Julius Ngota. 

Natasha Laurah plays the marimba at Bukolwe. 

Fuata Moyo – “Follow your heart.”

Fuata Moyo is a Kiswahili proverb that means “follow your heart.” At the Kijana Global Innovation School we explore multiple ways for students to discover their heartfelt talents and purpose. The arts are a central way to do this and a core element of human cultural development. We aim to contribute to advancing the wonderful artistic and cultural blessings of Kenya and East Africa. 

The Kijana Global Innovation School Scottish Dance Team performs at Bukolwe Primary School. As you can see, the area needs a new performance venue to match the wonderful costumes. Our future library, media center and amphitheater will be a beautiful and unique setting for students and community members to display their talents and creativity, contributing much to the community. 

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