Today, Kenya celebrates her first ever Utamaduni Day. An opportunity to highlight and take pride in our cultural heritage and diversity. Modernisation has posed a serious threat to values and traditions so if nothing else, let us use the day to look back at the legacy left by our ancestors, what we live with today and what we leave for future generations.
On a personal level, ‘What is culturally distinct to you?’ This brings different ideas to different people – and it should. With a remarkable ethnic diversity of 44 groups, we have so much culture to explore: music, language, values, traditions, symbols and even artefacts handed down by previous generations in each group.
“Whereas the day is already conferred by law, this shall be the first time that Utamaduni Day is observed in Kenya and this serves to emphasise the need for all citizens to recognise and celebrate rich cultural diversity of Kenya in a manner that promotes unity, national cohesion and economic progress in Kenya,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i.
Nairobi is a city like no other – the melting pot, where all the communities with different cultures live together. As a center for businesses and commerce activity, the city is fast paced, filled with early risers. We took an early morning tour of the city that never sleeps in, capturing the skyline and some of the city’s landmarks.