A VIBRANT LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2016
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