Kenya's Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, the Hon. J.L.M. Shako, officially inaugurated a cultural centre?
Kenya's Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, the Hon. J.L.M. Shako, officially inaugurated a cultural centre at Langata, Nairobi, on Friday. The centre includes examples of traditional huts, which will be preserved for posterity -- in everyday use they are gradually becoming extinct.
Similar examples of traditional housing from all Kenya's 16 ethnic groups will eventually be represented at Langata. The cultural centre also has a resident dance ensemble, the Harambee Dancers. They give daily performances, displaying Kenya's many different tribal dances.
The centre is expected to become a major tourist attraction. Among guests at the opening were members of the Government, tourist officials, and the Mayor of Nairobi, Miss Margaret Kenyatta.
SYNOPSIS: Kenya has a new cultural centre. It's at Langata, on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Sambura people in traditional costumes were a feature of the official opening on Friday. Eventually all of Kenya's 16 ethnic groups will be represented at the centre. The Tourism Minister, Mr. J.L.M. Shako, declared the project open. He was accompanied by Miss. Margaret Kenyatta, the Mayor of Nairobi. Members of the Government and representatives of the tourist industry were among the other guests.
They saw the traditional huts which are the centre's main attraction. These will be preserved to show future generations the sort of homes their forefathers lived in. The centre also has a resident dance ensemble, the Harambee Dancers. They'll entertain visitors with a daily performance drawn from the vast repertoire of Kenyan tradition. The centre won't be a museum, it'll be a living village with craftsmen from each tribe using the huts as work-shops. They're mostly the people who built them, and they were elected by their tribes.