Defence Staff College Marks Cultural Day

Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira gives opening remarks at DSC during the Cultural Event on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira gives opening remarks at DSC during the Cultural Event on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

By Sergeant Loise Nakae, Photos by Corporal Leonard Kirui

It was pomp and colour at the Defence Staff College (DSC), in Karen on 3rd February 2018 as the college held its Annual Cultural Day. The chief guest was Deputy College Commandant Brigadier Simon Wachira. DSC is privileged to train officers from the entire continent of Africa.

The cultural day is part of the annual college tradition that gives the students opportunity to experience cultural diversities and showcase its role in enhancing regional peace and security. The theme of these year’s cultural day was, “Celebrating our Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century.” Officers drawn from different countries in Africa studying at the college prepared respective country presentations and a cultural exhibition to showcase cultural diversity.

Speaking at the occasion, Brigadier Wachira appreciated the efforts by the course participants, college friends and associates for having organized the event. “A cultural day is a culmination of a study package in leadership, command and management module where students research on the impact of culture on socio-economic, political and security development of societies,” said Brigadier Wachira. He added that the people of Africa have a lot in common based on their origins, migrations and language development. Brigadier Wachira further highlighted the comparison of African culture saying there is a close linkage and similarity among Africans, and the African vision of a united Africa can be achieved through integration of language and culture. He concluded by thanking the foreign missions for their unending support to the allied students that made the day very successful.

Eight African countries were represented in showcasing their rich and diverse cultures. They include Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. Traditional artifacts, different kind of foods, traditional brew, dance and music were displayed during the celebration. Guests were also entertained by the Maroon Commandos Band and ‘Bomas of Kenya Traditional Dancers’.

The Kamba Cultural Dancers from Eastern Kenya performing a traditional dance during the event.The Kamba Cultural Dancers from Eastern Kenya performing a traditional dance during the event.
Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira with the Maasai Traditional Dancers led by Major Shankata during the event.Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira with the Maasai Traditional Dancers led by Major Shankata during the event.
Major S Kamukwamba of Zambia (left) presents an award to the Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira during the event.Major S Kamukwamba of Zambia (left) presents an award to the Chief Guest Brigadier Simon Wachira during the event.
Burundi Traditional Dancers entertaining guests at DSC during the Cultural Event.Burundi Traditional Dancers entertaining guests at DSC during the Cultural Event.

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