A VI­BRANT LAMU CUL­TURAL FESTIVAL 2016

The Star (Kenya) - - Society -

The 16th edi­tion of the Lamu Cul­tural Festival took place in the ar­chi­pel­ago over the week­end.

The an­nual event seeks to show­case the rich Swahili cul­ture in the an­cient is­land.

This year, the fete was de­scribed as the best of all the fes­ti­vals. A record 150,000 vis­i­tors both lo­cal and for­eign.

There was pomp and color through­out the four- day event as vis­i­tors were treated to di­verse en­ter­tain­ment and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­plays both day and night.

In at­ten­dance were mem­bers of the Lamu county gov­ern­ment led by Gov­er­nor Issa Ti­mammy. Also present were US Am­bas­sador Robert Godec and other se­nior Euro­pean coun­tries of­fi­cials. Ti­mammy re­ceived spe­cial guests, three gover­nors from the new Fron­tier Coun­ties De­vel­op­ment Coun­ties in­clud­ing Tana River Gov­er­nor Hussein Dado, Gar­risa Gov­er­nor Nad­hif Jama and his Marsabit coun­ter­part Ukur Yat­tani. Nairobi county assem­bly Speaker Alex Sanaika Ole Magelo, Lamu Speaker Mo­hamed Hashim, Wa­jir Deputy Gov­er­nor Ab­di­hafid Yar­row, Lamu deputy gov­er­nor Eric Mugo were in­a­mong oth­ers.

Se­nior Coun­sel Pheroze Nowro­jee with Am­bas­sador Habib Je­lani.

Lamu County Speaker Mo­hamed Hashim.

Nairobi county assem­bly speaker Alex Sanaika Ole Magelo.

Ke­fri chair­man Dr Sammy Latema. DTB se­nior cor­po­rate man­ager, Mom­basa Mo­hamed Khatib.

Gover­nors Ukur Yat­tani (Marsabit), Issa Ti­mammy (Lamu), Nad­hif Jama (Garissa), and Hussein Dado (Tana River).

Omar Kombo 14, win­ner of the don­key race.

Bo­rana tra­di­tional dancers from Marsabit County known as the Gadamoji cul­tural group.

North­ern Fron­tier Coun­ties De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil CEO De Idle Farah.

US Am­bas­sador Robert Godec.

Kenya Mar­itime Au­thor­ity di­rec­tor Ma­lika Omar

/ ALPHONCE GARI

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