Renowned Kenyan Songstress Nyota Ndogo and Dutch singer Harry Vessuer thrilled Voi Rotarians and other guests last evening during the Club’s Library Benefit Concert held at the Voi Wildlife Lodge.
The Concert was organized by the Rotary Club of Voi in aid of their fledgling Library Project being undertaken at the Mwanyambo Primary School Grounds for the benefit of the School pupils and members of the general public.

The Ministry of Education has approved the construction of the public Library within the premises of Mwanyambo Primary School through the local District Education Office. A total of Kshs 500,000 was raised by the Rotarians assisted by their invited guests who included Taita Taveta Governor Eng. John Mtuta Mruttu. Other distinguished guests were Taita Taveta Women representative Hon. Joyce lay, Kenya’s Ambassador to Rwanda Ambassador John Mwangemi, Kaloleni Ward Representative Omar Haji and Voi District Education Officer, Mr. Machora. The Rotary Country Director, Ms Jacqueline Waihenya and Assistant Governor Mr. Kyalo, also were in attendance.

Among the highlights of the scintillating night were live performances by the musical Nyota Ndogo-Harry Vessuer duo who bonded well on stage despite coming from different cultural and musical backgrounds. While Harry Vessuer, a widely travelled performer and composer who could easily and charmingly belt out various cover songs ranging from Bob Marley’s ‘Tree Little Birds’ to ‘One Love’, Nyota Ndogo, on the other hand thrilled the crowd with her own original compositions to which the crowd sang along, including ‘Watu na Viatu’ , ‘Nibebe’ and ‘ Hao’

Rotarian Duncan Mwanyumba, a practicing Advocate based in Voi City and a part-time Alto saxophonist, also gave a soothing instrumental Sax rendition of Fadhili William’s world-famous song ‘Malaika’. Other performing artistes in tow at the fete besides Nyota Ndogo and Dutchman Harry Vessuer were Little Saints and Bubble Dancers.

The event’s hilarious happy hour, which included the auction of a live she-goat, could not, however, end without Rotarian Duncan Mwanyumba, who doubled up also as Master of the Raffles and Gift Auctions, shrewdly contriving to ‘auction’ banker Ms Catherine Mwanyumba upon a promise to the successful bidder to dance the night with the human prize ‘item’! While the live she-goat attracted Kshs 11, 000 from Dr. Henk and his Dutch and KWS friends, the beautiful human auction ‘item’ fetched the handsome price of Kshs 31, 000, all done at lightning speed, full of mirth and laughter!

Chartered with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Malindi in June 2012, the Rotary Club of Voi has conducted several public-spirited activities, including blood donation, planting of trees at Voi’ s Mwamunga Primary School and Mwangea Secondary School, donating wheel chairs to both Voi’s Moi District Hospital and to several other deserving members of the public. The well known Rotary motto is ‘Service above self’. In addition to these charitable acts, the Rotary Club of Voi has sponsored some destitute students previously studying at Mwanyambo Primary School, who were later admitted to Voi Secondary School.

Based on the recent KACE results, statistics tend to show that the best performing Primary Schools are those situated close to a Library, like Nguraru Primary School in Wundanyi where the Kenya National Library, KNLS is located. It is hoped that the construction and establishment of the Library will go a long way towards boosting the County’s fallen education standards.
As part of the evening’s programme, the Rotary Club of Voi put on the mid-wifely mantle and chartered the Rotaract Club of Voi. The Rotaracters, majority of whom are students at the Taita Taveta University College, Mariwenyi Campus, are ever present whenever the Rotary Club of Voi is engaged in any public activity. They occasionally hold joint planning meetings.

Voi City, Saturday, April 19, 2014

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