Mkhithika Thebe wins Jikinya fest

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MKHITHIKA Thebe Pri­mary school is set to rep­re­sent Bu­l­awayo at the Jikinya dance fes­ti­val na­tional fi­nals tak­ing place in Masvingo on Novem­ber 25.

The school was se­lected to rep­re­sent the province last Fri­day af­ter beat­ing nine other schools at pro­vin­cial fi­nals held at the Large City Hall.

For its ef­forts, Mkhithika Thebe pri­mary school, which took se­cond po­si­tion last year and gave the com­pe­ti­tion an­other shot this year, walked away with $500 and a shield.

On se­cond po­si­tion was Mab­hukud­wana Pri­mary School that came third last year. They re­ceived $300 while Amaswazi Pri­mary School which came third scooped $200 and a shield.

All 10 groups per­formed the rain mak­ing dance iHosanna and gave judges a good run for their money.

Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Arts man­ager Char­ity Ny­athi said she was im­pressed by this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“The dances were more pol­ished in com­par­i­son to last year’s dance fes­ti­val. This shows that we’re headed in a com­pet­i­tive di­rec­tion. Even the at­tire and stage props they used were on point,” said Ny­athi.

On Fri­day, Mid­lands hosts its pro­vin­cial fi­nals in Chirumhanzu at Hama Sec­ondary School. Masvingo will also host its fi­nals at Mucheke hall on the same day as well as Mata­bele­land North at Fa­tima High School in Lu­pane.

The schools which will come out tops will rep­re­sent their prov­inces at the na­tional fi­nals at Masvingo Polytech­nic on Novem­ber 25.

The Jikinya dance fes­ti­val – a part­ner­ship pro­gramme be­tween NACZ and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Heads spon­sored by Delta Cor­po­ra­tion show­cases var­i­ous tra­di­tional dances by pri­mary school pupils.

Mkhithika Thebe Pri­mary School Bu­l­awayo Jikinya Dance Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners

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