The rigorous process of receiving applications, auditioning and rehearsals that culminated with the grand Finale of the UoN Talent Day on Friday, 12 March 2021 at Taifa Hall commensurate the event’s success yet the first of its kind. The event left many astounded by the rich talent in the various categories presented that included music, singing and poetry arts, design and fashion show, ICT and engineering innovations, sports karate, taekwondo and sports dance, modeling, catwalk and the coveted Mr. & Miss Talent UoN.
The Talent Day was attended by the University Community both physical and virtual. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen G. Kiama, expressed his gratitude to every contestant who registered to participate and more so those picked to showcase their talent. The VC’s commitment to nurturing talent for both students and staff is in line with the University’s Philosophy on the need to connect and inspire the Kenyan Community through hope and faith so that the society can excel in whatever it chooses to do with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism. The Deputy Vice Chancellors both Academic Affairs and Finance, Planning and Development, Prof. Julius Ogeng’o and Prof. Margaret Hutchinson, respectively, acknowledged the concentration of talents and affirmed the management’s commitment to develop and nurture talents at the University.
The spirit of teamwork, freedom of thought and expression, innovativeness and creativity was all evident in the entire process. The judges led by Dr. Fred Atoo had a tough time deciding on the winners from the top notch performances. He requested the management to make this an annual event showcased in all colleges first with a climax at the main campus for the UoN Talent Day. Dr. Fred thanked the management for giving the Talented a platform to express their aptitude.
The Dean of Students who was the event organizer, Mr. Johnson Kinyua delivered his closing remarks thanking the management and taskforce members for the role played in ensuring the UoN Talents Day was a success. He recognized UNSA Leadership for the good publicity of the event. Mr. Kinyua urged all participants to utilize the space given with confidence, discover the space out there and rise with it.
The event filled the UoN community with even greater hope, resilience and oneness during this rather unpredictable Pandemic times. No doubt, it was Real and Amazing, let’s do it again next year! Once again thumbs up to all participants who made this auspicious event possible with the realization that Talent is Nature and Nature has to be Nurtured!