Pressure comes with the territory in any event organizing. Actually, based on research done earlier this year in Kenya, it was found to be the hardest of the apparently simple jobs, miles ahead journalism and broadcasting. Which may well justify the manner at which the TTU’s Cultural Week was held. The entire evening was in shambles.
First, the event started almost two hours later than the scheduled time. The absence of a clear programmer or performers list didn’t make state any better. Artists were summoned to the stage almost at random and in a disorderly manner that awkwardly collided with the theme of categories displayed by models. The confusion left some of the acts of the night not performing and laced with disappointment.
Then the pageant was again awkwardly cut short with just two categories to go. Which was rather unfair to the extreme regarding the time, effort and finances invested by the models to seeing the evening through. All the gowns and suits bought by the models for that evening were left tucked in cases unworn due to what was made known as inadequacy of time. A sure kick in the curb by the organizing officials, to which by the time of writing, none of them had issued an explanation, better yet, an apology to the affected parties.
Later with few hours to dawn, a loud tumult was sparked within the congested revelers, following the A-listed Dj Kalonje’s decision to cut his set and call the night in. Barely an hour after his introduction. A stunt that the union officials and organizers present declared shenanigans. After a moment of scuffles and confrontations, the celebrated Dj was forced back on decks- at least for few more hours. A perfect late night drama to toast the night away.
Maybe it was the responsible lot’s inexperience in event organizing, or poor communication and time allocation that led to the shambolic display. Again it could be because this kind of event hadn’t taken place within the institution for close to two semesters that the organizer and event managers had grown a little rusty, but they clearly underestimated the task at hand, bringing what should have been an unforgettable evening to a catastrophic end for most.
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