Strathmore Cultural Festival lights up the university
From the thunderous Burundian drums that brought the auditorium to its feet to the keening falsetto of Rozzi@Work band and the enchanting Indian dance by Mansee Patel & group, the 2016 Strathmore Cultural festival lived up to its billing as the biggest cultural event in the Strathmore calendar.
The three-day event that culminated with a great concert and fashion show in the auditorium on Friday 25th November was a celebration of the diversity at Strathmore University. The cultural week began with a flash mob by the Burundi and Rwanda students in the main atrium of the Student Center on Wednesday 23rd November followed by a cultural exhibition that had exhibitors from as far as Iran showcasing their cultural heritage. The festival a brainchild of the Student Council also included an essay competition sponsored by the Iranian embassy- Nairobi, on the topic “Countering radicalisation culture amongst the youth” the contest had a good turnout and the winner was Stephen Mokoro of FIT.
On Friday 25th, the climax of the festival, Strathmore was awash with all manner of cultural wear with students and staff trying to outdo each other; the elaborate Indian sari was in plenty and so was the royal Nigerian agbada, the west African grand boubou was on show too, the Congolese showed how kitenge is worn with the Kenyan coastal students donning the kanzu and kofia. The fashion show would not have been complete without the Maasai moran attire; the layers of beads and elaborate head gear.
At the end of the three-day festival, the best music group was crowned, the best dancers and best dressed (in cultural attire) were feted.
The office of the Dean of Students would like to thank all who worked tirelessly to make the event a great success including the chair of the organising committee Yaye Ali together with her team, the various cultural groups, dancers, singers and trainers.
We would like to thank our sponsors the Iranian Embassy Nairobi, Chase Bank- Strathmore Branch and Kilimall, they made the event memorable.