Kenyan legislators are not ones to be left behind when it comes to trendsetting. Members of the National Assembly showed up in large numbers taking the Jerusalema dance Challenge head-on.
The Majority and Minority leaders Amos Kimunya and John Mbadi led the parliamentarians in the now-viral dance challenge. Parliament’s support staff also joined the MPs and lined up in the House’s corridors to practice their moves.
The MPs, later on, wore Kenyan themed t-shirts before they could shoot. They practised further for the dance outside the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) ahead of the actual shoot.
The parliamentarians formed two lines and let go as they freely danced to the Jerusalema hit song. Choreographers also helped them keep up with the beats as they guided their dance moves.
Although others were quick and showed off some impressive dancing moves, some simply moved their body parts. They, however, cheered on one another as the song played encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves.
Practice makes perfect.
Last week, Majority leader Amos Kimunya revealed that the parliamentarians have been practising for the Jerusalema dance challenge. He also disclosed the dance would be filmed on Wednesday. Their dancing video will be officially released on Mashujaa day.
Nominated MP David Sankok and Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo acknowledged that the Jerusalema song had been a strong pillar during the tough Covid-19 times. According to them, the music apart from improving one’s moods, it also uplifts and strengthens one’s faith.
“We took this challenge to show Kenyans that there is peace in diversity because we are drawn from different political parties and different regions,” the Suba North MP said.
“Mr Speaker, I was there during the practice session this afternoon and we really did dance and I am sure I have reduced some weight. I would encourage persons with disabilities to dance because I was dancing with my crutches. Mr Speaker, I am sure if you were there you would have enjoyed it. So I also encourage you, Mr Speaker, when we will be dancing, I want you to dance alongside me because I will teach you some important moves,” Sankok stated.
The Jerusalema song has gained popularity worldwide despite being in the Zulu language. People from around the world have shared videos of themselves dancing to the music under the hashtag #JerusalemaChallenge.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chris Kirubi also partook in the challenge while at the Two Rivers Mall.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 14, 2020