The 5th Annual Lukenya Cultural Week, 2022

Culture is a people’s way of life, food, clothing, language, festivities etc. The Lukenya University fraternity that draws its membership from the 47 counties and beyond came together from 14th-19th March 2022 for the purposes of sharing, learning, competing as well as celebrating their different cultural trends.

The theme of this year’s event was; AUGMENTATION OF CULTURE AND ACADEMICS.

Background to the Lukenya University Cultural Festival

The Lukenya University cultural festivals- commonly known as, The Lukenya Culfest, have been running since 2018. Each year, the festival gets better, more encompassing as well as very captivating.

Previous cultural festivals held in the University are as follows;

  1. 1st Culture week festival was held in March 2018.
  2. The 2nd Cultural week festivals were held in March, between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rd The theme for the event that year was; Embracing cultural diversity and education.
  3. The third festival was held between March 2nd and March 7th The theme for that festival was, Promoting peace and Cohesion through Culture.
  4. The fourth cultural event festival ran from Monday, March 15th – Saturday March 20th, 2021 and the theme was, Showcasing talent and promoting cultural heritage.
  5. This year’s cultural event ran from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th, march 2022. The theme was, Augmentation of culture and academics.

As a tradition, the events of this year’s cultural event were built on previous experiences and events that made the participation livelier and larger.

The culmination of this year’s events was, The Kasanga Mulwa Marathon-3rd Edition, a host of sporting activities and an evening to remember dotted with poetry, music, dance and the pageantry.

Objectives of the culture week

The culture week committee- chaired by Ms. Jael Birgen worked to ensure the festival ran on the principles of its objectives which are;

  1. To promote talent in diversity throughout the University and beyond.
  2. To conserve the environment and create awareness.
  3. To Preserve culture and respect divergent cultural aspects.
  4. To impart knowledge through sharing of cultural skills from across the country and beyond.

The events calendar

The cultural event that runs throughout the week started on Monday, March 14th and ended on Saturday, March 19th 2022. Each day of the week had its own uniqueness with different activities lined up for the day. The calendar for the week’s event is as shown below;

DAY/DATE EVENT(S)/ACTIVITIES PARTICIPANTS Outcome
MONDAY

14/3/2022

a) ENVIRONMENTAL DAY- cleaning of the environment

b) Professional wear (all day)

c) Sports in the afternoon (after classes)

Students

Staff

Guests

Tree planting was postponed to the May environmental day. It was not possible with the dry weather.
TUESDAY

15/3/2022

a) Casual wear (smart casual dressing)

b) Sports in the afternoon

WEDNESDAY

16/3/2022

a) Color clashing/mixing clothing

b) Sports in the afternoon (after classes)

THURSDAY

17/3/2022

a) TBT- going back in time- clothing fashionable in the 60s to 90s.

b) Sports in the afternoon (after classes)

FRIDAY

18/3/2022

a) Exhibition of artefacts, drawings, paintings, pictures and marketing material

b) Competitions of own compositions of chants, poetry, music and special talents

c) Corporate colors- dressing in University corporate clothing or colors- green white and yellow.

SATURDAY

19/3/2022

a) Exhibition of artefacts, drawings, paintings, pictures and marketing material

b) Exhibition and adjudication of traditional foods.

c) Adjudication of traditional dances and performances

d) Sports-Morning (6-11) Marathon

a. Afternoon, 2-4 pm, other sports

e) Evening performances of traditional dances and beauty pageantry.

f) Speech by guest speaker and other invited guests.

g) Awarding ceremony

h) Dressing- day sportswear,

Evening-African wear.

CULTURE WEEK WINNERS 2022
ACTIVITY ITEM WINNERS AWARD
FOOTBALL POSITION 1 LUHYA ALL WINNERS WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES AND SOME CASH TOKEN EITHER AS INDIVIDUALS OR TEAMS.

ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE EVENT WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES.

ORGANISERS OF THE EVENT WERE ALSO AWARDED CERTIFICATES IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR EFFORTS.

POSITION 2  COAST
TABLE TENNIS LADIES MERCY KATOLE
CHRISTINE NTHEI
MEN MUTINDA VUNDI
IAN KYALO
RUGBY  LUKENYA RUGBY TEAM
VOLLEYBALL POSITION 1 KAMBA
POSITION 2 KALENJIN
HANDBALL MEN
 FEMALE
LAWN TENNIS MEN BONIFACE MULINGE

IAN CHEBOI

DANCAN

FEMALE EMILY TUMUTI

ROSE MUSYOKA

DOMENICA KOMBO

HELLEN

TRADITIONAL FOOD

EXHIBITIONS

POSITION 1  LUHYA
POSITION 2 LUO
 POSITION 3  AMERU
TRADITIONAL DANCE POSITION 1 KAMBA
POSITION 2  LUO
POSITION 3 LUHYA
ART DISPLAY POSITION 1  CLIFFORD OKAKA
MR. LUKENYA POSITION 1  CECCEY OMONDI
POSITION 2 CALEB GIRANGO
POSITION 3  JUSTINE ISANDA
MISS LUKENYA POSITION 1  HILDA LENGARPATEI
POSITION 2 EMMA AYIEKO
POSITION 3 CYNTHIA JEMUTAI
BODY BUILDING POSITION 1  COLLINS OTIENO
POSITION 2  PETER CHACHA
OWN SONG POSITION 1 MARK KYALO
POSITION 2 DESMOND MOKUA
 POSITION 3  BRIAN JIBERO
SHAIRI POSITION 1 LUO CHORAL VERSE
 POSITION 2  CHAKILU
POEM POSITION 1 BARASA DANCAN
 POSITION 2  MAWIA SARAH
RAP POSITION 1 YASIN
 POSITION 2  COLLINS
COMEDY POSITION 1 OGETO/OKAKA
POSITION 2 STEPHEN KIPKOGEI
MODERN DANCE POSITION 1  CELESTINE ALUOCH
 POSITION 2 SNAPPERS (GROUP)
HALF MARATHON (MEN)

( 21KM)

POSITION 1 VICTOR KORIR
POSITION 2 DICKSON KURGAT
POSITION 3  EVANS KIRUI
LADIES – CROSS CIRCUIT POSITION 1 DEBORAH CHEPTOO
POSITION 2 LEMU BETT
POSITION 3 HELLEN MULEI
POOL TABLE TOURNAMENT POSITION 1

POSITION 2

POSITION 3

GEDEON MUMO

GEDION KIPRONO

KELVIN KIPLANGAT

BADMINTON MEN DENNIS KEMBOI

KIPROTICH ROAN

MIKILO JOSHUA NDAVI

LADIES PHOEBE OPANJA

VIOLAH KEMUNTO

MWAKAMU MILKA

1500M RACE MEN PETER CHACHA

SUMELEI KIPKORIR

GIDEON CHERUYOIT

LADIES MIRIAM MUMO

DEBORAH CHEPTOO

800M MEN VICTOR KEMBOI

SYDNEY BII

MAKORI KEVIN

100 M MEN DENNIS KIPLANGAT

RYAN KIPKIRUI

LADIES MIRIAM MUMO

PURITY JEROP

LEMU BETT

CHESS LADIES GLORIA CHEPKORIR
RUTH MORAA
MALE DOMIANO MUTEMBEI

FRANCIS WARIGI

EDWIN ASENA

PES MALE MOMANYI ERIC

IAN MUTISYA

BENJAMIN MAITYA

NARRATIVE RONALD MBAI

All 730 participants were awarded certificates. All teams were awarded some cash tokens in appreciation of their efforts in making the ceremony a success.

The committee plans to raise funds in advance and make the event bigger and invite more participants in the quest of making it an international event.

Guests

The chief Guest was Mr. George Litswa– Principal Administrative Officer- Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage. Other guests included Mr. Julius Muindi who is the Director Kamba cultural Centre and museum. The chief guest explained the importance of cultural activities in institutions of learning of which he said provided cohesion, knowledge and entertainment. He said the ministry would always support such initiatives and be part of them whenever called upon.

The host of the event Professor Constantine Nyamboga praised the spirit of inclusiveness exhibited by the students while showcasing their cultural prowess. The occasion was also attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academics and Student Affairs, Dr. Karanja Peter, deans, heads of departments, directors as well as staff members-both teaching and support.

Thank you.

Kemoli Mac
Office of the Dean of Students

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