On 30th July 2016, Kenyans and Friends of Kenya attended Kenya In the Park, a multi-national cultural celebration bringing together Kenyans and their friends from different nations to celebrate Kenyan culture, unity and provide a platform for businesses to market their products.
The event organised by Ms. Lydia Olet and Ms. Mercy Kiminta was held at the Plaistow Park in London bringing together people from Kenya, The United Kingdom, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, among other nations. The event which was led by Master of Ceremony Mr. James Smart of KTN had a very good turnout; and was attended by H.E Mr. Lazarus Amayo the High Commissioner who was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo along with Mission staff and their family members, Kenyans in the Diaspora including Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, Mr. Peter Karanja (Mr Seed), Mr. Sam and Perez Ochieng ( Co-founder of SACCOMA UK) ,Janet Wainaina( Founder of Face of Kenya UK).
It featured cultural dances and live performances, the Malaika dance unique, a drum-based renown Kenyan performing troupe, a multi stalls Maasai market with traditional attire, jewellery, paintings and carvings, an array of mouth watering Kenyan and African cuisine, and children fun games, making it an ideal family event.
Several businesses were on hand to market their products in the areas of finance, hotel industry, real estate development, mobile telephone service, legal aid and other products. Companies such as Kenya Commercial Bank led by Mr Vincent Aberi, Aberdares Spa and Safari Lodges, Cheriez Properties and Kings Pride Properties led by Major David Karau.
The High Commissioner, addressing the gathering thanked the organisers and congratulated them for such a well planned event which was evident by its impressive turnout. He encouraged the organisation of such events as they showcased Kenya’s beauty and culture and provided a positive narrative to the Kenyan story in the United Kingdom by the diaspora who are ‘first line ambassadors for Kenya.’ Noting the great strides that were being achieved economically and socially in Kenya, he lauded the Diaspora for reflecting the same efforts in the UK through hardwork and commitment towards transformational socio-economic development in line with the vision 2030 Blueprint. He observed that the Government’s partnership with the Diaspora in leveraging and harnessing their financial and intellectual resources for national development was crucial in the onward march towards the national desired development targets