KENYA’S 53RD INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND AWARD CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON DC
Kenya recently celebrated its 53rd year of independence on December 12th at State House Nairobi. This is an annual celebration held and let by the president to remember the war heroes who fought for our independence, the likes of Dedan Kimathi and the famous Kapenguria Six who stood firm and refused to be slaves and took back our mother land from captivity. This celebration has been an integral part of the Kenyan community and is celebrated by Kenyans all over the work despite being in different countries, we always come together to commemorate that eventful day, honor our heroes and we also award members of the community who are actively contributing to building and growing the Kenyan community.
During this year’s 2016 Jamuhuri celebrations our Kenyan Embassy held a celebration ceremony in Washington DC as has been the tradition and invited all Kenyans from all the 52 states in the USA to come together to celebrate and honor those that fought for independence and those living true of the words of our first president, President Jomo Kenyatta that “Our children may learn about heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future”
It was such an honor to be chosen by the Ambassador Himself Honorable DR Robinson Githae as one of the community leaders to be honors with an award during such as symbolic celebration that originated back from the year we got independence and got back our country, our heritage. Balozi as we refer to him in honor of his position as the representative of the president honored several members of the community including artists such as King Kanja who gave an amazing performance during the celebrations, he honored members of the consulate for the support in the administration work of the embassy such as Jane Mugweh.
It was a great privilege and honor to get an opportunity to meet and be personally honored by the Ambassador of Kenya and to witness all the Kenyans from the diaspora come together and enjoy food music and company of one another. It was a great moment for us as the Kenyan community to come together as one united front as President Kenyatta once said “Unity should never be taken for granted”.