It was all merry, yet hard to believe for over a thousand secondary school girls in Salima who had a rare experience yesterday when they interacted with the Ugandan comedian Annie Kansiime and learned from her the benefits of remaining in school to the highest possible level.
The girls asked Kansiime all sorts of questions, including content of some of her clips which are viral on the social networks to learn from her while tactfully verifying her identity.
She at some point invited two girls who seemed to know some of her clips and acted with them on stage sending laughter and admiration to the rest of the girls gathered in the hall at Msalula Community Day Secondary School (CDSS).
“You see how these two performed here, they have displayed confidence and limitations of the little English they have learned did not stop them from expressing themselves. That’s how you learn and perfect your skills.” she said, encouraging the girls to be brave and courageous.
Save the Children senior manager for advocacy and communication in Malawi, Elvis Sukali, said the Malawi office took advantage of Kansiime’s coming to Malawi because she is already a Save the Children ambassador in her country.
Said Sukali: “In Uganda, Kansiime is an ambassador for a programme that looks at children left behind and here these are the girls we are working with in our Keeping Girls in School programme.”
Kansiime told the girls that she has a degree in social sciences majoring in psychology and sociology adding that is why she is able to read between the reactions of her audience and tell whether the audience is happy or bored.
This is the second time Kansiime is visiting Malawi after she came about two years ago and performed at Bingu International Conference (Bicc) in Lilongwe where she is also going to perform tomorrow, courtesy of Qoncept Creative. n