Chuka University recently played host to a remarkable event that transcended boundaries and celebrated life, culture, and inclusivity like never before. The Uhai Festival Central Circuit, held on a beautiful day in November, brought together people from all walks of life in a festival that left an indelible mark on the hearts of attendees.
On Saturday, November 4th, 2023, Chuka University transformed into a vibrant hub of creativity and celebration. The Uhai Festival Central Circuit was a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together a diverse crowd that included students, locals, and individuals from all over the region. The festival aimed to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Kenya and to underscore the importance of inclusivity and diversity.
Inclusivity at Its Best:
One of the standout features of the Uhai Festival was its unwavering commitment to inclusivity. Persons with Disabilities were not merely attendees but were at the forefront of the event. From remarkable dance performances to art exhibitions, it was evident that the festival aimed to redefine the narrative around disability and talent. Notably, the festival featured a sign language interpreter for each performance, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, could partake in the festivities.
A Showcase of Talent:
The Uhai Festival Central Circuit was a melting pot of artistic expression. Attendees were treated to mesmerizing traditional dances, electrifying musical performances, and thought-provoking spoken word poetry. The festival aimed to showcase the immense talents of the performers, some of whom had Disabilities, proving that creativity knows no bounds.
Notable Guests and Supporters:
Uhai Festival Central Circuit also attracted influential figures who championed its message. Notably, Meru University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, expressed a keen interest in hosting future Uhai Festivals, underscoring the impact of such events on academia and society as a whole.
“It is a privilege to be here at KUSA central Uhai Festival an event that embodies the spirit of inclusivity and celebrates the remarkable talents of Persons with Disabilities.
I want to acknowledge the incredible work done by Signs TV under the visionary leadership of our friend Mr. Luke Muleka. Signs TV stands as a beacon of inclusivity, hope and accessibility for all our students especially universities and colleges that have been represented here today.
As the sole TV channel broadcasting in sign language with voice overrides, Signs TV has ensured that vital information and entertainment are accessible to all members of diverse communities regardless of their hearing ability, regardless of what they are.
The impact of Signs TV extends further beyond this broadcast. It serves as inspiration for all of us gathered here today. It is a reminder that, with dedication, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society where every voice is heard and every individual is valued.
The whole day we appreciated the abilities of all the people that have assembled here from the eight universities and colleges.
Uhai Festival anchored the call to leave no one behind, aligns with Sustainable Development Goals adopted by United Nations in 2015,” stated the VC.
Dr. Christopher Kiboro, the Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Chuka University, conveyed his appreciation for Signs Media Kenya’s dedication to celebrating talents among persons with disabilities and spreading inclusivity.
Towards a Brighter Future:
The success of the Uhai Festival Central Circuit at Chuka University resonated far beyond the event itself. It sent a powerful message about the importance of celebrating diversity, breaking down barriers, and showcasing the incredible talents of Persons with Disabilities. The festival served as a reminder that true unity can be achieved when we all come together to celebrate life and each other.
In conclusion, the Uhai Festival Central Circuit at Chuka University was a resounding success that will be remembered for years to come. It highlighted the beauty of diversity, the power of inclusivity, and the incredible talents that exist within us all. It was not just a festival; it was a celebration of life and a reminder that when we embrace one another, we create a brighter and more inclusive future.