On August 10, 2019, the World Youth Alliance Africa held the Sixth Annual Africa Arts Forum at the Safaricom Michael Joseph Center, Nairobi, Kenya. The activity seeks to promote African artists by creating a platform for artists to showcase their art, crafts, music, dance, poetry & spoken word. The theme this year was ‘Celebrating the beauty of Art in Diversity’.
The Forum began at 10:00 am with welcoming remarks by the Masters of Ceremony, Wangeci Mwaniki and Boniface Omina followed by an introduction to World Youth Alliance given by Milkah Ndung’u . The event was graced by over 100 attendees who were constantly engaged by the performances and activities such as musical chairs, dancing competition, and hype session led by our able MCs.
The exhibitors of the day had a chance to exhibit their work and give a brief elaboration on their art. The attendees were entertained by presentations from our selected performers such as Mosoti Norman, the Slam King 2015, Shadow dancers and Movers from Global Hope Rehabilitation Center Ngong, Jersken Little Angels Home, Loiswell Academy and Familia Moja Support Initiative.
In the afternoon, we had a panel discussion moderated by Karen Nabwire, WYA Africa’s Regional Program Assistant. The panelists included Kevin Kabochi, Sara Mehrgut and Ian Gwagi. They discussed the life of artists in general; how artists face challenges and what the artists’ world is all about. This was followed by a brief Q&A session where participants were able to pose questions to the panelists.
The event ended at 5:00 pm with a dance from the WYA Africa staff and closing remarks from the WYAA Regional Director of Operations, Kevin Alando.