Kabarak University's 2023 Cultural Week has come to a close, and what a week it was! From Monday, the 20th of March, until Saturday, the 25th of March, Kabarak University was alive with color, music, and dance, as students, staff, and faculty members celebrated their diverse cultures.
The highlight of the Cultural Week was undoubtedly the Gala Ceremony, which took place on the evening of the 25th of March. The event was graced by top gospel artists in Kenya, who gave their all in their outstanding performances. The energy was electric, and the audience was on their feet, dancing and singing along to the music.
However, the 2023 Gala was different from the previous ones, as the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Henry Kiplangat, attended and danced to the performances before he was ushered to the stage musically dancing to the tune the DJ fed him. His presence and participation were a welcome surprise, and he was a great sport, showing off his moves to the delight of the audience.
In his speech, Prof. Kiplangat emphasized the importance of culture and the preservation of cultural heritage. He highlighted the need to belong to a culture and the significance of cultural events like the one they were attending. He noted that as the world becomes more interconnected, it is essential to remember and celebrate one's roots and heritage.
The crowning of Mr. and Miss Kabarak was the climax of the Gala Ceremony, and it ended in jubilation as Kelio Sharon was crowned as Miss Kabarak 2023, and Austin Itebete (Sir Tebs) was crowned as Mr. Kabarak 2023. The two winners had competed against several other contestants, and the audience erupted in cheers and applause as they were crowned.
The week-long celebration of culture at Kabarak University was a testament to the diversity and richness of the university's community. The event brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures, and it was a beautiful display of unity in diversity. The performances by the gospel artists, the participation of the Vice Chancellor, and the crowning of Mr. and Miss Kabarak made the event a memorable one.
The 2023 Cultural Week at Kabarak University was a resounding success, and it was a fitting tribute to the university's commitment to diversity and cultural preservation. As Prof. Kiplangat noted in his speech, events like this are critical in fostering a sense of belonging and celebrating the unique cultural identities of individuals and communities. Kabarak University has once again shown that it is not just a center for academic excellence but a hub for cultural appreciation and celebration.