Kenya’s national heritage on show in Washington


Kenya’s cultural heritage will be showcased during a two-week festival to be held in Washington, DC, starting Wednesday.

The event dubbed “Kenya: Mambo Poa,” is expected to highlight the country’s rich traditions.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Hassan Wario said it would be an opportune moment to sell Kenya’s tourist sites.

The event, to be staged at the National Mall, is organised by the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest museum and research complex.


The festival will coincide with the America’s Independence Day on July 4. Organisers are expecting a large turnout.

The cultural show will also celebrate Kenya’s 50 years of independence.

“Kenya is steadily finding its footing in nation building. It has not been an easy history though,” the curator, Mr Preston Scott, said, adding, however, that the future was full of promise for the people.

Mr Scott said that the energy among most young people in the country had given the citizens renewed hope for revival.

About 80 Kenyans travelled to Washington to display their crafts and also to take part in artistic performances.


The Ramogi Dancers of Homa Bay County will feature at the opening ceremony.

The group is known for its enthralling dances that leave spectators asking for more.

Other dance troupes such as Kagan and Kochia will also showcase their talent.

A dhow was sent from Lamu to Washington to add flavour to the fete.

Kenya’s archaeological discoveries will be highlighted. Talks have also been planned for the visitors.

Participants will have a chance to take part in a fun run alongside a yet-to-named Kenyan marathoner.

A screen grab of the Smithsonian website.

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