It is a dream come true for Kisumu All Stars having secured their elevation to the Kenya’s Sportpesa Premier League come next season following a victorious defeat over Thika United on Sunday the 9th of June at Thika Stadium, Kiambu County.
The Blue Eagles led by Coach Frank Oduor finished second with 80 points in the National Super League table, just one point behind the leading team Wazito FC after thrashing the relegated Thika United 7: 1.
The team came close to scoring in the second minute by Erick Otieno, and Ian Motanda netting hat rick together with Moses Odhiambo and Alvin Ochieng also scoring.
The promotion represents the bigger prize, as well a worthy reward for the Blue Eagles and Kisumu County as a whole for having another second home team after the 2010 relegated original Kisumu all stars participating in the high and competitive Premier League alongside their counterparts Western Stima.
All Stars will be participants of the Sportpesa league with the likes of the top league Champions Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks, setting another record by putting Kisumu County in the football limelight.
Following their (Blue Eagles) glory to the top league football, County government which offers financial support to the team, and their sponsors (Royal Dental Clinic) will now focus to build up a more promising Allstars club that they believe will dominate the premier league.
By Vello Wendo
Kisumu County hosted a corporate engagement forum on domestic travel organized by the Kenya Tourism Board (magical Kenya) in conjunction with County government and the members of the Western Kenya circuit at the Jambo Impala Ecolodge.
The forum which was officially opened by the Kisumu County minister for tourism and the chair of the 47 County Ministers in charge of tourism, Achie Ojany – Alai, brought together stakeholders from the tourism industry as well as corporate officials from the non-tourism sector with the aim of sharing information and exploring tourism opportunities as a way of revitalizing domestic tourism in Kenya, under the theme Work, Travel, Save and Repeat.
In her remarks, the County Minister challenged the corporate fraternity to take time off work to engage in domestic tourism as a way to refresh revitalize and stimulate. Hon Achie urged the players to think of making a memorable experience to the tourists.
“My main plan is to market Kisumu and the Western Kenya Circuit to the tourism national grid,” said Hon. Achie.
The County minister also mentioned the upcoming Africities as an opportunity where Kisumu residents and its neighbours can explore by providing accommodation and entertainment in their homes.
Speaking on behalf of the board, the representatives emphasized on the vision and mission of the board adding that their mandate is to market Kenya’s diverse experiences.
The general concern was that there is need to connect Western Kenya to the national grid in matters tourism, a call that was echoed by every speaker at the forum.
The board also assured the forum of combing the Western Kenya circuit by exploring medical, sports as well as domestic tourism in the region.
The forum was attended by members of the Business Community, Doctors, civil servants, Tour Guide operators from the Western Kenya circuit, Kenya Wildlife Service and representatives of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers.
By Matilda Atieno
In the spirit of promoting film industry in the County, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o accompanied by Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o this week officiated a three-day African Film Workshop that brought together key film makers drawn from Uganda, Kisumu and Kenya at large.
This follows the Governor’s visit to Uganda late last year where he graced the Kabale Film Festival an idea he sought to replicate in Kisumu for promoting County film industry.
County Minister for Tourism, Arts,Sports and Culture, Achie Alai noted that the department is keen on nurturing raw talents evident by the upcoming I Am Kisumu Talent Search to be conducted in all sub counties.
The workshop addresses key areas including short film development, movie production, e – marketing and production management.
Tourism CS Najib Balala on Monday affirmed government‘s support in ensuring that the lake front is developed, packaged and marketed in order to boost tourism within the western Kenya circuit.
The CS emphasized the need for multi sectoral approach in fast tracking the removal of hyacinth and reviving business on the lake since it is the point of focus in boosting tourism activities in the western region.
While addressing the regional Stakeholders forum, the CS reiterated that the County has a number of tourist attraction sites such as Kit Mikayi and the national museum that if well developed, will open the region for business opportunities. He also urged Counties to collaborate using the regional economic bloc to develop and package tourism products for the market ahead of 2021 Africities conference.
The Prime Minister, Raila Odinga who accompanied the CS Tourism and CS Environment on a tour along the Kisumu pier, expressed optimism that the hyacinth menace and dredging of the lake should be a matter of urgency in order to revive the maritime transport hence boost business with the neighbouring countries.
He urged researchers to carry out studies on the hyacinth weed and advise on better methods of dealing with its menace.
The CS Environment, Keriako Tobiko said his ministry will do what it takes to eliminate the hyacinth, he also cautioned the residents against polluting the lake with effluent from factories and car wash business.
Also present were: Kisumu Governor Professor Nyong’o the host, area MP for Seme Hon. James Nyikal, Tourism PS Joe Okudo, KTB CEO Dr Betty Radier, MD Tourism Finance corporation Jonah Orumoi, CEO Tourism Fund Mr. Joseph Cherutoi, Kisumu West MP Hon. Olago Aluoch, Rarieda MP Hon. Otiende Amollo, Kisumu Central MP, Hon. Fred Ouda , Kisumu County Ministers , among other dignitaries.
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu isn’t done with captivating events for the year 2019. The department of Tourism and Culture has issued public invite for the upcoming “I Am Kisumu Talent Search” that will be rolled out in all the 7 Sub Counties.
The talent search is an Inter-Ward event where it’s widely expected to provide a bigger platform for the new talents and potential talents in the line-up.
The event’s tag line, “I Am Kisumu Talent Search, “calls for registration of participants at the ward level, in the ward administrators office. The talent search team is set to tour the Sub Counties with the first being Nyando on the 23rd February, 2019 starting 8.00 am to 5.00 pm at Ahero Resources centre.
The talent search is open to children and youth below the ages of 35 years, in the categories including, contemporary music, Dance, Drama Elocution Visual Arts creative writing and freestyle talents.
There will be a lot to appreciate if you’re trying to find pleasure of what is to come.
The county government of Kisumu today donated sets of sports gears in support of the Manyatta United football club, thanks to the directorate of sports.
The Ag. Chief Officer for Tourism Arts Culture Sports and Information, Mr. Thomas Ouko handed out kits and footballs to the team in an effort to support and boost local team morale.
Mr. Ouko told the team founder, Mr. Anthony ‘Mzee’ Obala that the department is open to more positive engagement towards sports development especially amongst local leagues. Chief officer promised to officially visit the club to inspire the young boys and girls.
Manyatta united is a local football club that was founded after the 2007-2008 post-election violence to advocate for peaceful co-existence among youths in the community. The club is linked to Manyatta resource centre which is a community youth group formed to provide space for youths’ empowerment and to nature talents.
In his remarks, Mzee Obala, commended the good gesture by Ag. Chief Officer and Directorate of Sports headed by George Auma, adding that the relationship built between county and Manyatta youth centre has so far bore fruits.
Mr. Obala appreciated efforts made by the department in supporting youths and local football.
Manyatta United is set to participate in the upcoming tournament dubbed Chapa Dimba regional championship on the 9th and 10th of February 2019.
By Matilda Atieno
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
Kisumu based Frontiers Skating club have finished the championships as the 2nd placed team in tie position with Machakos County after the host Kilifi Skating team took top position in the national trials.
The two day tournament attracted contestants from over twelve Counties as both junior and senior teams battled it out to take control of the opening sessions.
In typical fashion, the Frontiers dominated the early proceedings with the team upsetting traditional favorites Nairobi and Machakos outfits.
Presiding over the games, Kilifi North Legislator, Hon. Owen Baya pledged to involve relevant stakeholders in expanding the competition to other parts of the country.
Kisumu Frontiers took home 23 medals comprising 7 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze. They set a new record by finishing in the top three for two years in a row.
According to Frontiers coach Nickson Oloo, the team has set its sights on new heights as he targets an improved finish in next year’s showpiece in Kisumu and Mombasa.
The team comprised of 15 players and 5 members of the technical bench.
The Under (6-7 yrs) category had three participants Renson Owak, Caesar William and Martin Alpha.
The U (8-9) players were Fasil Achieng and Phiona Nish in the girls’ category with Prince Timon coming in for the boys’ team.
In the under (10-11) Conslates Adhiambo, Phyllis Anne and Leone Oiro joined their peers in the category.
Travis Gavin joined Faith Aurelia in the U (12-13) category and both were impressive in the open races with Tonny Oliver and Toney Owili combining forces in the U (14-15) categories.
In the marathon Eric Mongare impressed in the group whilst Grace Wakio got a podium finish after impressing in the freestyle category.
Coach Oloo technical bench included Norah Ofullah, John Obiero, Christine Ongaro, Molly Josephine and Rose Omosso.and Sports officer Benjamin Nduati who represented the county government of Kisumu in the games.
The Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o sent his congratulations to the team for the great results.
By: Collins Owuor