Mount Kenya University (MKU) and iconic Kenyan comedian Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki have teamed up to launch the MKU-Churchill Institute of Performing Arts.
The institute is to be unveiled on Saturday, March 19, the same day the Churchill Show is set for a highly-anticipated debut on TV47 after over a decade airing on NTV.
MKU Chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu, who notably also owns TV47, explained why they had chosen to enter the broad partnership with Churchill noting the need to nurture and support talent and its monetization.
“We realized that so many youth have untapped talents in performance and creative arts. We aim to reactivate and rejuvenate their talents through this Churchill Institute of Performing Arts,” he observed.
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It was disclosed that the institute would also offer scholarships to students who excelled. The institute is modeled on the Oxford University Dramatic Society, which is responsible for nurturing top actors including Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean).
MKU noted that Churchill, like many other great Kenyan entertainers, started their careers at the Kenya National Theatre (KNT).
The institute also intends to leverage MKU’s pedigree in the arts. The university won the Kenya National Drama Festival title in 2015 and has consistently posted impressive performances over the years.
Noting the impact of Covid-19 on the arts and entertainment, Gicharu noted the role the institute would play in the future to ensure continued output of quality entertainment content even under difficult circumstances.
“When Covid-19 struck the globe in 2020, people were confined to their homes during the lockdowns. Nobody predicted this lockdown. The prolonged periods of idleness left a vacuum in people’s loves that could only be filled through creative arts,” he stated.