The Workshop on implementation of UNESCO conventions for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) kicked off on the 22nd of January 2019 at Kisumu Hotel.
The five-day workshop aimed at leadership building capacity in relation to culture and heritage conservation was officially opened by the County Minister for Tourism Sports and Culture Achie Alai.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Minister recognized the role played by culture in human identification, emphasizing that there is need to build capacities in leadership at all levels in order to preserve, conserve and disseminate the intangible cultural heritages of our people.
“Culture is the sense of being a Kenyan especially in relation to the brand “Maasai attire” the “ingoho by the luhya community as well as fish meal for the Luo community” gives that inner feeling of cultural identity, it makes you feel being a Kenyan is valuable” Said Hon. Achie
The Minister recognized the role of culture in the development of a society adding that culture forms an integral part of a feature that establishes unity thus the need to map out cultural spots for conservation and preservation.
In light of the foregoing, the county government of Kisumu under the able leadership of the County Minister Achie has organized fashion Fridays for a period of four weeks so as to embrace the African attire and the African cultural dressing mode.
Hon. Alai also pledged the county’s commitment towards preservation of cultural diversities that set Kisumu as a county that appreciates culture at all levels.
The workshop that is steered by Kenya National Commission for UNESCO brought together stakeholders in the field of culture across the Lake region and key players in heritage conservancy.
Also present was County Ministers for Tourism, Hon. Ng’ariba Samson of Migori County, Hon. Roseline Adhiambo of Homa-bay county, Dr. Elizabeth Achieng Odhiambo of Siaya County among other leaders.
By Felix Nyabalah
Edited by Matilda Atieno