KISII, Kenya, Jan 3 – Kisii County for the first time celebrated the Kwanzaa Festival which is traditionally celebrated on 1st of every new year.
Speaking in Kisii town when they prepared a feast for street children Pricilla Kemunto Moindi explained that Kwanzaa is an African-Americans celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January.
“It was introduced in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to for Afro-Americans in a response to the commercialism surrounding Christmas and New Year festivities,” explained Kemunto.
Moindi presented gifts to the street children as a way of celebrating the new year and in conjunction with the Kisii Community in the United States of America.
“This Kwanzaa was facilitated by US groups by uniting and helping the African community abroad,” she said.
“Unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose creativity and faith are our main co values for the Kwanzaa for Africa,”she explained.
She noted that the they are focusing on the technical aspects of economic empowerment and bringing the African union together, free trade.
“Kemumto says Africans in the United States have a role to play in terms of culture because the Kwanzaa Festival keeps us grounded for the year long,” said Kemunto.