ELDORET- This week's Chamwada Report show focuses on the role of alumni groups in various learning institutions but with a special focus on Moi University. The institution boasts of a rich population of alumni group that joined the university in 1988 and graduated in 1992.
They then came together courtesy of an idea from two or three people but the number has since grown to about 300 registered members out of the 1000 students who graduated in that year. Chams Media Chief Executive Officer, Alex Chamwada who joined the university in 1992, is also a member of that group.
In this report, we feature former comrades of Moi University who share their past experiences at the university which has now developed into a more modern, tech-savvy institution. And many of them had just turned 50 years off age!
The event was full of pomp and colour and was officiated by former vice chancellor Prof. Shellemiah Okoth Kenya, who was the second vice chancellor at Moi University between 1988 and 1994.
Watch more about the alumni groups, how they are formed and why they are an integral part of the society.
The Chamwada Report this week focuses on Kenyan film. To celebrate the resilience of Kenyan filmmakers and highlight the challenges the industry is facing as well as the role of consumers and the government.
The theme of the show is in line with the great success of Kenyan filmmakers who were feted on 1st September 2018 when they bagged 6 awards in the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards AMVCA ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Kenyan film industry was nominated in eight categories including the best overall film in Africa which Kenya won.
“I think we did very well because we were competing in eight categories including the best overall film,” said David Maina, a Kenyan creative content developer.
“And it was the first time as a country that we got so much attention and we made our footprint in Africa.”
Kenya bagged big awards including the best overall movie (Phoebe Ruguru) and best indigenous language movie (Sanka Hemi) for Supa Modo, among others.
In the show today, Elijah Mwangi sits down with some of the filmmakers who open up to share the stories behind their success, the challenges and why Kenyans have begun to consume more locally produced content.
Phoebe Ruguru, a film director, says challenges in this industry start from pre-production preparations where finances are needed to fund a particular project as investors question the financial viability of the same. So what are they doing?
The filmmakers say it is high time the industry was seen as a business as opposed to just an entertainment alone where passion is not enough.
But despite all the challenges, the Kenyan film industry is on a positive trajectory. It has grown in leaps and bounds as Kenyans begin to consume local content. The show discusses some of the factors that have promoted the demand for local movies and how these finances help bolster the industry.
“I would call it a revolution happening in terms of how Kenyans are receiving Kenyan content irrespective of the challenges that might be there,” said Kevin Njue, a Kenyan film producer.
Ezekiel Mutua from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), also discusses the role of government in harnessing the potential of Kenyan film. He says the industry, like any other, demands for equal treatment.
“We understand what is killing the industry is the multiplication of licenses, you get one from KFCB, and then you are asked for another, yet a lawyer with a national license can represent a client anywhere...treat filmmakers equally,” he told The Chamwada Report.
Catch more interesting and informative interviews on The Chamwada Report show tonight on KTN News channel at 8:30pm brought to you by Elijah Mwangi.
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