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MKU holds beauty contest, with calls for continued promotion of talent

Mount Kenya University in Thika yesterday held its fifth Beauty contest with calls on the need for continued support in developing and nurturing young talents.

During the event held after a long cultural week, students called for support through being provided with a proper environment and facilities to grow the talents as well as being linked to production houses so as to use their talents to earn a living.

University Principal of students’ and alumni affairs, Peter Waweru said nurturing young talent prepares students on the potentials, opportunities and the challenges of the entertainment industry

He said art had proved to be a top earner and thus the need to expose talented students to places where they can fully exploit their talents.

He highlighted the vibrant Film, Creative and Performing Arts department and studios where talents in all arts are supported. 

He said the university has a well-equipped gym where students train and showcase their muscles in Mr. Flex Competition, talent which they can use in future to earn. 

Other areas they have supported students are in areas of music where it has award winning choirs and brass bands among others.

“It is at colleges and universities where students discover and exploit their talents. We need to support them and link them to production houses to provide them with platforms to live to their potential,” he said.

 Mr and Miss MKU Main Campus Jaebet Mukela Twite and Merly Sheila Awour (seated) being flanked by other runners up during the university’s beauty contest

During the event, students showcased different talents, including rap battles, dead weight lifting, dancing competitions, spoken word, and playing of different musical instruments and cultural dances and presentations by different communities including the international students. 

It was a welcome break to the entire student’s fraternity after a period of two years when such an event was last conducted due to Covid-19 related challenges.

Congolese Jaebet Mukela Twite, 24, became the first foreign MKU student to win the coveted MR. MKU crown.  He is a Business Management student at MKU Main Campus while Merly Sheila Awour, a Business Management student won the Miss MKU crown

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