The atmosphere was electric at the Mama Africa student performance held recently at the New World Cinema grounds in Dar es Salaam.
Over 1,000 students from three secondary schools, namely Mama Salma Kikwete, St Mary’s and Makongo were on the edge of their seats throughout the thrilling two hour performance from circus artists including acrobats, dancers and contortionists.
Tigo Telecom Company, the main sponsor of the event which runs until early next month, enjoined a special matinee for the students who were picked up from their respective schools, provided with snacks and given a treat of a show to remember for a lifetime.
The students, amidst the excitement, showered the sponsors with praises for their generosity and for remembering them and giving them this uplifting opportunity.
Twabi Mkoba from Makongo Secondary School said he and his fellow students were particularly pleased with the Tanzanian and African cultural aspect of the show. He said this is important for their generation, which is constantly bombarded with influences from other cultures.
“The show was awesome. I was surprised at the level of Tanzanian talent,” he said, noting that such shows are important for scouting talent and market our beautiful country, “outside the traditional safaris and Kilimanjaro climb.”
Tigo marketing specialist Gaudence Mushi said he was pleased that the students enjoyed and appreciated the show.
He said the company was happy to sponsor the show for the students and other stakeholders, as it falls directly in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility programs, which include support for sports and culture.
“These students are our future customers, so inviting them to a show like this is an occasion that takes them into another frame of mind outside the usual study. It brings balance and refreshes them for their day to day activities. It is good for them to come and enjoy and get to know what our firm is about and kind of activities we support,” the manager stated.
Retired captain Hamisi Mfaume who teaches at Makongo and who accompanied his students, had no doubt that the show was a great motivation for students who are interested in performing arts.
The circus started on September 27. Created in 2003 as an informal school of acrobatics by founder producer and director Winston Ruddle, Mama Africa Circus has grown into a platform for showcasing Africa’s most notable acrobatic talent, including the world renowned Hakuna Matata Acrobats.
It has produced around 150 acrobats and dancers from Tanzania and other African countries who have gone to perform in over 1,200 shows across the world.
Tickets are on sale to the general public and can only be purchased from the ticket office at Mancom Centre inside the New World Cinema Grounds in Mwenge. Ticket prices start from sh 10,000 and show timings are 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., five times per week.