Njeri Meresa, VoicesofAfrica mobile reporter in Unguja, Kenya (5 July 2010) The District Secondary School Music festivals was this year hosted at Ambira boys high school , 5km away from Ugunja town along Ukwala-Ugunja road.
The Secondary Music Festivals in Ugenya District began on a high note inspite of the low turnout. The event held at Ambira boys high school featured only 11 Secondary Schools; host school (Ambira boys high school), Ukwala boys high school, Nyasanda Community high school, Got-Osimbo Girls high school, Got-Nanga mixed secondary school , Jera Mixed high school, Sega Girls high school, Rambula mixed high school, Rang'ala boys high school, Rang'ala girls high school and Ralak Girls high school.
'Although it is not compulsory, schools are encouraged to participate in the event to nurture creativity', Mr. Henry Oenga said.
Despite the challenges, the event was well organized. The items featured in the festival had themes ranging from social issues to religion.
Among the best performed schools were: Nyasanda Community High School, Ukwala Boys High School, Got-Osimbo girl's high school, Rang'ala Boys high school and Sega Girls high School.
'I was very very nervous when I entered the stage, seeing the big crowd in the hall watching at me. In fact it's my first time standing on stage. When the bell rung for me to start reciting my poem, I got more nervous and confused. It took me 30 seconds to start. I don't think I did it right and I don't expect any good marks',says Marceline Akoth Onyango from Got-Nanga mixed secondary school.
Taarab dances were not well presented as few schools chose not to do the Taarab, but instead did religious songs. Rocking the stage with Taarab dance was Ukwala boy's high school leaving the people with smiles on their faces.
'Oh my God! I have never seen boys dance like that. These boys are so flexible. They are better than all the schools that have performed this dance. I hope they take position one in this category', cites one of the foreign teachers whom also attended the event, Ms Tiffany McCabe from Canada
I therefore feel that the organizers of such events should organize it in such away that participants feel ready as some presented in a manner to suggest that they were given a short notice.