President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya officially opened the annual Nairobi Show on Wednesday (27 September).?
President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya officially opened the annual Nairobi Show on Wednesday (27 September). Countries from throughout Africa and the Middle East as well as some from Europe are exhibiting at this year's fair with displays of agricultural, industrial and consumer goods.
The five-day fair combines the displays with athletic competitions and performances by military organisations and traditional African dancers. The athletic contests, especially, reflect the international flavour of this year's show -- log cutting contests, tug-of-war competitions and heaving the Scottish caber are but a few of the events scheduled.
Israel is among the many nations with an exhibit at this year's fair. Tight security has been in force, with visitors to the Israeli pavilion being searched before being permitted to enter.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's Nairobi Show which opened in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday. Countries from all over African and the Middle East as well as several from Europe have displays at the fair.
President Jomo Kenyatta was on hand to officially mark the opening of the show dedicated to peace. Before being given a tour of the grounds he stopped to admire the symbol of the show, a monument to peace. But events forced Uganda to withdraw from this year's show.
President Kenyatta was driven on a tour of the show...The stands of Zambia, Rumania and Nigeria were but a few on his tour.
Israel was one of the exhibitors at the show. But, security was strict with visitors to the pavilion being thoroughly searched.
The agricultural displays were one of the central attractions of the fair with the competition among breeders being very high. The show's purpose, in addition to supplying entertainment for visitors, is to educate Kenyans in various aspects of better farming methods.
In addition to displays by various countries, the Kenyan Air Force put on its own display.
As much as the Nairobi Show is an opportunity for nations to display their goods, it is a chance for Kenya to show itself to the world.