A showcase of cultural and traditional artifacts, performing arts, folklores and spoken word, food, medicine, and boat racing among other thrilling performances are set to take centre stage during The Luo Cultural Festival which will take place in Homa Bay on June 30th.
The festival organized by Governors drawn from the four Luo Nyanza counties is aimed at promoting and celebrating cultural diversity and uniting the Luo community.
The festival which will also see performances including visual and performing arts, culinary arts, and traditional African practices by the Luo community will be graced by Luo Council of Elders patron Raila Odinga.
Celebrating this culture will help the young generation understand themselves and their identity thereby help redefine the destiny of the CommunityMathew Owili
Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathew Owili said the committee has lined up a series of events aimed educating the young generation and supporting the budding in the lakeside region.
“Celebrating this culture will help the young generation understand themselves and their identity thereby help redefine the destiny of the Community,” said Owili.
The DG further added that the event is open to all members of the community wishing to showcase noting that all the Luo leaders will be present during the celebration.
He said that the event will create an opportunity for members of the community to interact and receive mentorship from the elders.
We hope that this event will also help in furthering the preservation of culture and developing new talents in Kisumu CountyBeatrice Odongo
Youths and Culture
The County Executive Committee Member in Charge of Sports, Culture, Arts, Gender, and Youth Affairs, Beatrice Odongo, through the competitions will also help them identify, nurture, and inspire youths.
“We hope that this event will also help in furthering the preservation of culture and developing new talents in Kisumu County,” she said.
The cultural event will be climaxed by the unveiling of the next ‘Ker’ of the Luo Council Of Elders on June 1st.
The succesor will take over from Ker Willis Otondi who passed on in March 2023.
Otondi was the ninth Ker of the Luo community.
The Ker seat began in 1945 with Jaramogi Oginga being the first Chairman.