National Defence College Observes Annual Cultural Day

Central Cultural Dancers from Kenya entertain guests during the International African Cultural day on Saturday 25th January 2020.

Central Cultural Dancers from Kenya entertain guests during the Annual Cultural Day at the National Defence College on Saturday 25th January 2020.

The National Defence College (NDC) on Saturday, 25 January 2020 held its annual Cultural Day in Karen, Nairobi.

Ten countries namely: Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, India, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya participated in the event.

Anchored on the theme ‘Embracing Cultural Diversity for Peace and Security’ the event brought together Officers drawn from the different countries in Africa and studying at the College. They prepared diverse cultural presentations including artefacts and traditional food.

The climax of the celebration was various traditional dances performed by the participating countries.

The Chief Guest of the day, Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata, said that culture forms a strong part of lives as it informs our perception, values, beliefs besides defining a people’s national identity.

“Embracing cultural diversity enhances strong relations, not only at the individual level but also nationally, regionally and internationally,” he said.

He congratulated the participants for working tirelessly to see the event successful despite their busy study schedule.

The participants comprised of Senior Military Officers and equivalent Senior Civil Servants from the various countries, holding various positions in management, security and related areas.

Also present at the event were High Commissioners/Ambassadors, members of the Diplomatic core from the participating countries, Senior Military & Civilian Officers, family members among other invited guests.

The National Defence College is a Kenyan Defence Forces-sponsored institution charged with the responsibility of developing and improving the intellectual capacity of senior military and government officials on broader dimension of security issues in order to think globally but act nationally.

Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata gives his opening remarks during the Annual Cultural Day at the college on Saturday 25th January 2020.Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata gives his opening remarks during the Annual Cultural Day at the college on Saturday 25th January 2020.
Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata tastes one of the Botswana’s cuisines during the Annual Cultural Day on Saturday 25th January 2020.Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata tastes one of the Botswana’s cuisines during the Annual Cultural Day on Saturday 25th January 2020.
Rwanda Cultural dancers entertains guests during the Annual Cultural Day at the National Defence College on Saturday 25th January 2020.Rwanda Cultural dancers entertains guests during the Annual Cultural Day at the National Defence College on Saturday 25th January 2020.
Burundi Cultural Dancers entertains guests during the Annual Cultural Day at the National Defence College on Saturday 25th January 2020.Burundi Cultural Dancers entertains guests during the Annual Cultural Day at the National Defence College on Saturday 25th January 2020.
The Chief Guest of the day Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata in a photo with Baganda ladies from Uganda as they display the Royal Dress worn by Baganda Women.The Chief Guest of the day Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Adan Mulata in a photo with Baganda ladies from Uganda as they display the Royal Dress worn by Baganda Women.