Strathmore University Exhibition Awards 2021

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The Strathmore University Exhibition (SUE) Organizing Committee held the Strathmore University Fast Painting Competition on Saturday, 20th November 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. It was open to the SU community and the public. The theme was Strathmore University Values, History, Culture, Campus, Atmosphere and Leaders. The style and technique was at the discretion of the participants. 

The panel of judges were blown away by the beautiful pieces and selected the following ten pieces as the finalists. 

We invite you to vote for your favourite piece. The top three stand chances to win prizes. The voting ends on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at midday.


The Photograph

Crispus Nzano

Inspired by the magnificent Strathmore Business School Building where education and constructive learning takes place to mold our future leaders and enrich them with the culture of Strathmore University.


The Founder

Carl Lewis

St. Josemaria, a Spanish priest, is the founder of Strathmore University. He is also the founder of Opus Dei. In my art piece, I wanted to depict him trying to build the Sir Thomas More Building. He is dressed like an architect but still has a priest collar. 



Annick Katana

I have been deaf and unable to talk since I was a kid. Art has been one of the best ways of communicating. Although it was very difficult, I am better now. I am not the same person I was years ago. Art is one of the things I love the most.


A glimpse of River Life in Bangladesh

Khursida Jahan

Bangladesh is a riverine country. A large number of the population in Bangladesh are associated with fishing. They spend most of their lives in rivers and the sea to catch fish. The art piece shows the fishermen coming back from fishing.



Daniel Mwihungi

The title comes from the words of Dr. Vincent Ogutu featured in the Standard Newspaper. I was reading a few things about the university and I saw this vice-chancellor designate featured on the Standard and what he said got me inspired. I encourage youths to discover their talent or potential and engage in activities that can help them turn those into what I call mad skills.



Tsekey Mwenda

My painting is about a girl who finally lives fearlessly-freely. The shackles of captivity appear to break free as a bird spreads its wings and flies.



Tony Bulimu Adembosa

 In my painting, I have tried to illustrate the best view of Strathmore I usually get while walking around. That view that alerts you and lets you know; You have entered Strathmore University. I have used a style called the bokeh effect, a blurry type of painting to explain the unsureness one gets about Strathmore and what it’s about, what the life inside feels like. I have used a scene showing some students leaving the university grounds and pedestrians walking by.


The History

Gloria Mutheu

Strathmore College was the first in Pre-independence Kenya to accommodate all races, religions and social standing. Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, inspired and encouraged them to start the College. The Motto “Ut Omnes Unum Sint” is Latin. It is a quotation from a passage of the Gospel, and means “That all may be one”. It expresses our desire to work together towards the same aim, despite personal differences or opinions, tastes, and backgrounds.


Hard Work and Unity

Katanu Sanna

The piece depicts the hard work that was put into making Strathmore University possible. The athletes in this piece represent practice, endurance, and strength, the pillar of hard work. The books represent knowledge and the fact that the school was built on the premise of the acceptance of all religions and nations.


The Lady of Strathmore

Manvir Kalsi

The piece is inspired by the eight values of Strathmore: Excellence, Service to Society, Subsidiarity, Collegiality, Lifelong Learning, Freedom and Responsibility, Personalized Attention, and Ethical Practice. My work shows how the eight values tie together in harmony.


The votes are subject to review and audit, which might not be a true reflection of the final results since we will have to verify all emails used and finally award the true winner. We highly encourage use of valid email addresses so as not to discredit your favourite artist. Only one email address can be used for a single vote. 

NOTE: Your email address remains confidential and we will not use it for any marketing purposes or sending you information not related to the exhibition activities.

This poll has ended (since 2 years).
Painting 7: 5.30pm
Painting 1: The Photograph
Painting 8: The History
Painting 3: Growth
Painting 2: The Founder
Painting 6: Free
Painting 10: The Lady of Strathmore
Painting 9: Hard Work and Unity
Painting 5: Work-life of Mad skill
Painting 4: A glimpse of River Life in Bangladesh

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