About 5 years ago, when I was in my hometown, Kisii, my family hosted a function; almost 300 people had attended. I was never the type or rather, I’m still not the kind of person who would be comfortable being surrounded by such a large number of people… I remember this vividly- as the guests came in and settled down, my father got up; held the microphone and welcomed all the guests. After a few seconds, I heard my name, “So now my son Raj is going to say a few words”. That as you can imagine came as a shock to a mild agoraphobic such as myself. Me? Talk in front of 300 people without any preparation whatsoever? I started shaking and felt my palms sweaty. I cannot describe the number of emotions that ran through me in that one moment- I was merely in shock. However, just a couple of seconds later, I surprised myself- I got up and spoke for about 2 minutes. I was nervous and I did not know what to expect. Just as soon as I put the microphone down, one by one, I saw people standing up and applauding. I was astonished. At this very moment I realized just what I had learnt from such a humble, talented and inspiring man. I hadn’t realized until that moment just how much those classes and learning how to speak publically would help me in life. As I sit in medical school typing this up, I can confidently say, I would not be here if it was not for this incredible, kind and committed teacher. I indeed mean that in literal terms- just a couple of hours before I flew out to the UK for my medical interviews, I called Mr. Githae and I remember that conversation almost word for word today. I can think of so many such instances but my no matter how many words I use, they will not be able to do justice. All you need to know as a reader of this review is that, I honestly believe the teachings of Mr. Githae have been very instrumental and invaluable tools in my life.
'More than a teacher. More than an educator. Few people are as committed to enriching students’ growth as Mr. Githanda Githae is. One of those talented individuals whose belief, energy and passion are contagious, Mr. Githae is always a pain and a pleasure to work with. Unwavering in his quest to unravel the hidden potential, he is often in your face to better your last attempt. However, he’s ability to produce top notch quality end products exemplifies the transformer that he is. Be it public speaking or drama, the meticulous nurturing underwent by his students, leaves a lifelong impact. Like many before and after me, I’ll forever be indebted to him.'
''Few titles can fully describe the role Mr. Githae plays in his students lives. To me, he was a teacher, a mentor and a friend. I was Mr. Githae's student for four years at St. Andrews Turi and under his instruction, I received multiple distinctions in my Lamda examinations and won first place in national competitions. Indeed in pedagogy his skills are unmatched, but what, in my opinion, sets Mr. Githae apart as an instructor is his incredible work ethic and deep compassion. He tries to connect with his students at a human level and supports them in endeavors beyond the classroom. This is why, until this day, I can still call him my friend! ''
Githae wa Githae is an enigma. Difficult to comprehend because he effortlessly challenges as much as he encourages, instructs as intensely as he listens and entertains as passionately as he works. One does not get to experience this paragon without admiring him. A witty multitalented individual in the performing arts, his capabilities astound almost and inspire. Proud of his heritage and cognate to a myriad other cultures, Githanda Githae's social versatility allows him the unique ability to thrive regardless of his setting. He takes great joy in mentoring and developing youth into better versions of themselves - a dynamic that both defines and devotes him to his craft. The time I spent learning from him transcended the traditional role of a LAMDA lesson and ended up being a friendship and an imparting of life lessons that are some of the reason I am what I am today.
I joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art program in high school for no other reason than the fact that it was taught by the ever illustrious Githanda Githae. I was glad to see that Mr. G was not only popular for his charm, but also for his ability to identify and exploit the performance potential in all of us. While I had no real trouble speaking in front of crowds before joining LAMDA, I was lacking the confidence and charisma needed to hold the attention of an audience. This changed immediately I started working with Mr. G, who was not going to give up until I became an expert orator who could flawlessly articulate my message. A couple of classes later- with many great memories and a few questionable speeches under my belt, I managed to pass my LAMDA exams with flying colours. Githanda Githae is without a doubt one of the most charismatic, knowledgeable, compassionate and talented performers out there, with a grasp of African and Western culture that will ensure your drama experience is unlike any other. With Mr. G, you do not pass, you soar! And now for my favorite Mr. G quote ‘A pass is average, and average people work at fast foods.’
In the educational role, Githanda has clearly stood out as one of the greatest facilitator in storytelling. His workshop was brilliantly structured and he clearly covered so many questions. Our faculty of African studies was overwhelmed by the topics that showed a lot of clarity. We confidently understood the folklore in Africa with more knowledge of narratives, riddles, proverbs, chants, songs of our culture. We know what to do with them, as storytelling is tremendously important in African societies, serving a far more diverse purpose than simply entertainment. He has inspired us to play an important role in the social and cultural education of our faculty. We look at Githanda and see a pillar of the society who provides a safe avenue for transmitting restricted information as well as intimate and vital knowledge through orature.
Githanda Githae is a charismatic and powerful storyteller with reach out from large stages, as well as with charm and presence for the small ones. He tells traditional stories as well as contemporary, with rhythm and musicality. He has a talent for communicating with his audience. (
Githanda is a creative, energetic tutor, who has proved very popular with the children and parents /carers over the years. He is flexible, reliable and organised, and uses his skills and resources as a storyteller to support his practice. This has proved effective with the children who last term, scripted out a devised story of their own, to show to parents at the end of term 'sharings' that we offer at the Theatre. In addition, Githanda was our choice to deliver Drama taster workshops in a local Library.
‘Mr Githanda Githae has been an excellent teacher, mentor and friend! His skills are unmatched to the greats and his experience in extrudes in many aspects of speech and drama! He taught me how to be confident in my own skin and to stand up for what I believe is right! I was a shy person at heart but with his coaching and nature he made me the person I am today! Thank you!'
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