Celebrating Turkana culture in style

BY CHUMAN ACHUMANI,
LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL

Turkana people showcase their traditional dress and dance during the Turkana County Tourism and Cultural Festival held on the last week of August 2014 in Lodwar. GREG AKALL

Turkana people showcase their traditional dress and dance during the Turkana County Tourism and Cultural Festival heldon the last week of August 2014 in Lodwar. GREG AKALL

 

First lady Mrs Margaret Nanok at the Turkana County Tourism & Cultural Festival held in Lodwar.

First lady Mrs Margaret Nanok at the Turkana County Tourism & Cultural Festival held in Lodwar.

Turkana County’s first Tourism and Cultural Festival was held last month and it attracted thousands of visitors from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and abroad. Governor Josphat Nanok officially opened the three-day fete held on 28th to 30th August 2014 at St Patrick’s Kanamkemer Primary School in Lodwar. The event was dubbed “Tobong’u lore” 2014, which means ‘welcome back home’. This is because Turkana County is believed to be the origin of mankind. According to Governor Nanok, Turkana County Tourism and Cultural Festival will be an annual event. “We will make a law to ensure the festival is marked in the last week of August every year,” he said. The Governor officially opened the event with sky-lit fireworks that lasted for 10 minutes, symbolising a new beginning for the county, endowed with unrivalled and rich cultural heritage.

The festival had a variety of cultural activities, including traditional dances, mock weddings, and beauty pageants, among others. The Turkana Basin Institute showed a film on Turkana as the origin of mankind. Moreover, Hon. Immanuel Imana, a Peace Ambassador, narrated the history of Turkana people at the festival, which saw 22-year-old Irene Akuya Ng’asike crowned the Miss Culture in the hotly contested beauty pageant. Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto, on the last day accompanied Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok during his traditional coronation by Turkana elders where a bull was slaughtered before he was installed as a Turkana elder. The festival also attracted exhibitors from Turkana and neighbouring counties and countries who showcased their products and services. Governor Nanok announced a plan to build an international airport in Lodwar in order to promote tourism and economic growth. In addition, the Governor said his government would set aside land to construct Turkana Cultural Centre, an idea which received public acclamation. Journalists were not left out either. They thronged Lodwar to have a feel of the Turkana culture. Cyprian Kandie, a Business Executive with The Standard said: “Turkana people are unique. I will not be missing the next cultural events in Turkana County.”






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  1. […] Turkana Guardian shares how during the first Festival in 2014 specifically the festival had a variety of cultural activities, including traditional dances, mock weddings, and beauty pageants, among others. The Turkana Basin Institute showed a film on Turkana as the origin of mankind. Moreover, Hon. Immanuel Imana, a Peace Ambassador, narrated the history of Turkana people at the festival, which saw 22-year-old Irene Akuya Ng’asike crowned the Miss Culture in the hotly contested beauty pageant. Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto, on the last day accompanied Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok during his traditional coronation by Turkana elders where a bull was slaughtered before he was installed as a Turkana elder. […]

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