“The Presbyterian University of East Africa makes its debut in Kenya’s National Drama and Film Festival with a screenplay named ‘Ian the Prodigal Son’.”

The Presbyterian University of East Africa has made its mark in the Kenyan film industry with a compelling screenplay titled “Ian the Prodigal Son”. The film debuted at the Kenya National Drama and Film Festival, held at Shanzu Teachers Training College in Mombasa County, on 27th April 2023.

Produced by Vice Chancellor Prof Wangari Mwai and directed by Peter Thuo, “Ian the Prodigal Son” is a thought-provoking story that explores the issue of fraud in learning institutions. The script, written by Ms Susan Kung’u and Mr Hezra Ongonge of the university’s Communication Department, is a testament to the talent and creativity of the institution’s faculty.

The film follows the story of Brian (played by Nyoike Gichuhi), a student who inherits a hostel unit from his father. Brian’s fellow students become his main customers, but he soon realizes that they are using fake fee slips to gain access to his hostel. Like the biblical Prodigal Son, Brian goes to Mombasa, where he lives extravagantly but eventually runs out of money and loses his friends.

“Ian the Prodigal Son” boasts an impressive cast, including Patience Nyambura, Brian Gathondu, Victor Budi, Charles Muchina, and Edwin Kipkoech. The film’s message is clear: dishonesty and fraud have consequences, and the truth always comes out in the end.

At the forefront of academic institutions in Kenya, the Presbyterian University of East Africa takes pride in addressing pertinent societal issues through their latest film production, as said by Prof. Wangari.

The university’s Communication Department has showcased their dedication to nurturing emerging talent and producing insightful content that resonates with viewers. Through “Ian the Prodigal Son,” the university underscores its commitment to academic excellence and originality. The hard work invested by the faculty, staff, and students has resulted in the film’s success, a feat that the institution greatly values. Moving forward, the university seeks to create more content that not only entertains but also educates and motivates audiences worldwide.