Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has made a move to nurture young talent by offering a Sh.10.8 million sponsorship to Kenya National Drama Festivals (KNDF).
Speaking at the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua said that he believes that art shapes our culture if molded in the right way.
We value young talent and we will give any possible assistance to mold the youths and children to responsible adults and patriotic citizens, said Mutua.
Mutua added that the aim of partnership with KNDF was to give the winners of the festivals a platform to showcase their talent nationally and internationally and also award them in a better way other than the ordinary trophies they were given.
We regret that memories of past artist can only be seen through trophies collecting dust in offices and wish to work with KNDF to change this narrative by creating platforms for emerging talent, nurture and develop them to create a living out of art which will anchor the Big4 Agenda, lamented Mutua.
Mutua highlighted that KFCB has offered training workshops locally and abroad for script writers, directors, adjudicators and artist as well as linking them with other global institutions to ensure quality and appropriate artistic production.
According to Mutua, this partnership will ensure that drama festivals offer a platform to curb moral decay in the education system such as corruption, homosexuality, cheating in exams, drugs and burning of schools.
Chairman KNDF Professor Christopher Odhiambo said that art is a double-edged sword that should be handled with extra care since it has positive and negative effects.
We will mold these young talents to ensure that the message passed is educative and will transform the society in a positive way, Odhiambo said.
The sponsorship will go into various aspects of organizing the event right from the school level to the final presentation in the statehouse and will continually give financial support even in the next years.
Source: Kenya News Agency