Chorea Ukabila Members /UPESINEWS
BY EURIDICE NZIOKA/ISAYA BURUGU,NAIROBI,23RD APRIL 2017-”Whether we succeed or not is irrelevant,the most important thing to us is making our unknown known and that is Chorea Ukabila initiative.”. This is the underpinning statement that drives us.
With its foundation in Nairobi the initiative is determined to make good use of their talents in creating job opportunities and peace awareness rather than letting the youths be misled into anti-social behavior and taking part in political instigated violence .The initiative has its beginnings rooted in the post elections violence that rocked the country after the 2007/2008 elections which left over 1000 people killed and thousands displaced and the anti-IEBC demonstrations that were witnessed in late 2016, both events which disturbed and jeopardized peace in the country.The which has five initiative members spoke to UPESINEWS in an exclusive interview to share their journey experiences which has seen them perform in ACK Makongeni church in Thika, kiambu county a place where it was started .They mainly do songs of peace with fusion of christian tunes.So far the group has composed seven songs to it’s name with peace and shunning tribalism key themes.
Chorea ukabila group perform in an event/PHOTO UPESINEWS
A part from singing the group has also participated and continue to take part in charitable works such vising the sick in hospitals and children’s homes across Thika and its surroundings .Notable the group has worked with politicians such as Thika Town Member of parliament Alice Ng’ang’a in meetings geared towards preaching peace and unity among others.
The group has also come up with the platform called the ‘DRIVE” which mainly mentors form four leavers and prepares them to face life outside school especially after they complete the secondary education just before they join college.The DRIVE mainly assists the teens to identify their talents,building confidence ,motivational talks,videos and mentor ship on spiritual growth.
Chorea Ukabila group pose for a photo after a session with school children/PHOTO UPESINEWS
As any other institution teething problems are inevitable.Chorea Ukabila has had it’s share of ups and down as well.The most major one has been financial difficulties which has also been the reason why the group has managed to only record three of its songs out of the seven.There has also been a challenge with reaching the local media for support in airing their songs and massages.This has made it hard for them to showcase their work and also to tell the country of their existence.Passing their massage of peace has also been a challenge with no support from the media.As the country prepares for the August 8th General elections any support extended to Chorea Ukabila to drive the massage of peace home among Kenyans is highly appreciated.The initiative has vibrant social media accounts which makes the members keep in touch with any member of society who may need their services.Find them on Face Book via The Massage Kenya,Twitter@ThemassageKE,Instagram @themassageke.