Creative arts: Youth impress as talent search show resumes

Students from St Rita Ramula Girls in Kisumu performing a choral verse in Muhoroni yesterday. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

The Kisumu talent search extravaganza has resumed with momentum after a two-week break.

Nyangoma Chief’s Camp in Muhoroni Sub-county, bubbled with song, dance and cheers from the more than 200 youths who turned up for auditions and competitions yesterday.

The County Director of Culture and Art, Kenneth Otieno said county administration is upbeat to ensure the creative sub-sector of identifying talent at the grassroots level has been achieved.

During the extravaganza, the youths showcased contemporary music, dance, traditional dance and elocution, comedy theatre and visual arts.

Mr Otieno said the officials were surprised. “What we are witnessing is proof that there is untapped talent out there. We will work with the youth to help them nurture and earn income from their talents."

Muhoroni Sub-county Administrator, Nancy Wasama said it took an effort to mobilise youth who think that their talent has no use.

Ms Wasama said it took several meetings held at ward level, with a lot of mobilisation involved. “There are many talented youth whose talents are yet to be discovered and many are interested in using them."

David Owuor a participant said by showcasing his art and design talent he had gained confidence. “I now know that my talent is valued and can be put in good use."

On Saturday, the event will be held in Nyakach Sub-county and then Kisumu West. The chosen will go through training, and finals to be held on May 4 in Kisumu Central.