The Kenya Rugby Union has announced its annual awards gala to be held on 26th November, 2010. The rugby fanatics’ coordinator, The Ministry of Rugby, has also announced its annual awards dinner, The Elliptics, to be held on 20th November, 2010.
Depending on who you talk to, the KRU awards dinner was either quickly put together in response to the Ministry of Rugby announcing its plans, or has been in the pipeline for a while and only just came to fruition a few weeks ago. Whatever the case, I’m sure that we can all agree that a KRU awards ceremony is long overdue and well received.
The Kenya Rugby Union called a press conference to announce the gala and the list of nominees.
The KRU awards appear to be quite incestuous with some of the people on the selections and nomination committee being award nominees as well. The reasoning that it was inevitable because of a small rugby fraternity does not hold water. The KRU is spoilt for choice in as far as picking committee members who are in good standing with the rugby fraternity and well qualified to contribute towards picking award winners, and who were very unlikely to be nominees.
This ‘purist’ nature of the KRU may have to be rethought to take advantage of the abundant goodwill it still has with the public.
On the face of it, and even perhaps to KRU and the Ministry, it may seem as though the two events are in competition for audiences. But consider the differences between these two events. The two events appear to target different demographics.
While KRU is charging 3000 Kenya Shillings for a ticket to their event, the Ministry tickets are being sold at half the price; 1500 Kenya Shillings. Both costs may be justified given that the KRU dinner will be held at Laico Regency, a five star deluxe hotel, which is way more pricey than The Barn, a club on Ngong Road where The Ministry will host its dinner. But the fact of the matter is that while the Ksh. 3000 will dissuade some, the Ksh. 1500 will attract many.
The Ministry of Rugby is to me, a bunch of happy go lucky-look for any excuse to drink-loud-sometimes irritating other times lovable-bunch of…well, rugby fanatics. Organisers have promised that during the Elliptics, all attendees will make an effort be clean, and well dressed. I still hope they rethink the ‘bow ties and Maasai shukaas’ idea. These awards are a chance for ordinary rugby fans to celebrate and meet the national rugby heroes while enjoying a laid-back atmosphere and with the Ministry’s outreach especially this year, the cheaper tickets are likely to sell out soon. They are a creative bunch these fanatics, and a well organised night full of surprises is expected by all.
The Kenya Rugby Union awards dinner promises a chance to schmooze with Union officials, smoke a cigar, network with the movers and shakers of Kenyan rugby. It is also a chance to meet up and discuss way forward for different KRU ventures like the Rugby Super Series and the Safari Sevens and get first hand information on the Union’s plans. Well worth the Ksh.3000.
Infact, the two dinners, between them, ensure that everyone in the rugby fraternity is catered for; players, officials, fanatics and friends of rugby and of course the media will have a lot to feed off.
Are there people who will attend both dinners? Definitely. There is something to be look forward to at each and who doesn’t like a party?