JAMBO! Happy Independence Day to Kenya!
"JAMBO! and KARIBU! were my two favourite words in Kenya!¬† HELLO ¬†and WELCOME. This blog is specially dedicated to the beautiful people of Kenya to wish you all a Happy Independence Day! During the ATA Conference, in November 2015, Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto addressed the conference delegates and¬†placed special emphasis on welcoming everyone 'HOME' because Kenya is known as the Cradle of Mankind.¬†Kenya¬†has the oldest human remains going back to 7 million year old from Turgen Hills, Baringo (oldest in Ethiopia = 4.5 million years ; S.Africa ca 3 million years, Tanzania = 2 million years.¬† Kenya has the longest and most complete record of human evolution (and possibly the link between humans and apes).¬† When Deputy President William Ruto welcomed us HOME we understood that Kenya could have very well been home to our ancestors.¬† It is home¬†to ¬†everyone.¬† Everyone is welcomed. Everyone welcomed us, everywhere we went.¬† The beautiful smiles, warmth and welcoming presence left an imprint on my mind and spirit. At several places we visited, ¬†we were welcomed with the Maasai shuka,¬†a traditional wear associated with the Masai people of East Africa.¬†¬†These shukas are usually worn by the Masai morans¬†which differenciates them from other communities.¬† We were greeted at the entrance where the Maasai shuka was wrapped around us. Kenyans take pride in their clothing and I loved the classic, well-tailored uniforms which staff wore at the various places we went to.¬† The faces are youth are prominent in the tourism sector and if I must say, they are very well-trained with highest level of service. Music and entertainment is a huge welcoming part of African culture.¬† The drumming, chanting, cultural performances were all spectacular.¬† I particularly enjoyed the fact that people of all ages and sizes from the local tribes and community were integrated in the various cultural shows that we attended. It is also a source of generating revenue for artists. Happy Independence Day Kenya. To continue promoting Kenya, we will be launching Gems of Kenya on Friday December 18th in Ottawa.¬† If you are a Kenyan, come out and see how you can work with us to promote Kenya.¬† Please see more details here. Live your future now... do what truly matters! Love, Magdalene"