Rwandese cultural dancers, showcasing their tradition.
The National Defence College on Saturday 21st January 2017 held an International African Cultural and Family day. Eleven countries Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the host Kenya were brought together to showcase their rich and diverse cultures.
The event was aimed at Integrating African countries through culture and strengthening their ties through varying cultural values. Officers drawn from different countries in Africa studying at the college are required to prepare respective country presentations and a cultural exhibition to showcase cultural diversity. Traditional artifacts, different kinds of food and music were displayed during the celebrations.
The climax of the celebration was the showcasing of various traditional dances by the participating countries. Traditional dancers from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Botswana entertained the participants by performing their traditional songs and dances during the event.
Present during the event were the Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi, High commissioners, Ambassadors, Members of the diplomatic core from the participating countries among others guests. Entertainment to guests was offered by a Kenyan music band known as ‘Bomas of Kenya traditional dancers’. Brigadier General J Demali from Rwanda gave vote of thanks as the event came to an end.
The National Defence College is one of Kenya Defence Forces’ Centers of Excellence which is charged with the responsibility of developing and improving the intellectual capacity of senior military officers and officers from around the world.
Commandant’s visit to the Botswana stand.
Burundian cultural dancers entertaining the guests.
Commandant, National Defence College, Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi receives a gift from Brigadier Ayman Mohmoud of Egypt at the Egyptian stand.
Kenya’s traditional artifacts at the Kenya Stand.
Colonel Victor Shiguri, a representative of the Western part of Kenya explaining the displays to the Commandant, National Defence College, Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi at the Kenya Stand.