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Kenyans urged to embrace cultural diversity for unity and progress

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Kenyans have been urged to embrace their cultural diversity to promote unity, national cohesion, and economic progression.

Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho noted that Kenya is home to a multitude of ethnic cultures, each with its own unique traditions, beliefs, and practices.

Speaking in Kajiado Town during celebrations to mark World Cultural Diversity Day, Moshisho emphasized the need to embrace one’s culture and traditions to maintain identity in the face of growing globalization.

“By embracing our diverse cultures as a nation, we will be able to appreciate our differences and live together peacefully. Embracing our culture also helps us maintain our identity,” he said.

The Deputy Governor highlighted Kenya’s rich tapestry of customs, beliefs, languages, and values, noting the international recognition of the Maasai culture.

He called for patenting various aspects of the Maasai culture, such as its dress code, beads, and artefacts, to ensure that the community benefits economically.

“Many Kenyans and foreigners are now using the Maasai shuka as a ceremonial dress. It is high time the rightful owners were given credit. This can only be achieved through patenting,” said Moshisho.

County Executive Committee Member for Gender, Cooperatives, Culture, Tourism, and Wildlife Janet Sereu reiterated the importance of passing on culture and traditions to the youth for posterity.

She emphasized the need to respect each other’s cultures to coexist peacefully.

During the event, participants showcased food, clothing, artefacts, traditional medicine, songs, and dances from various cultures.

Celebrated annually, the UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development highlights the richness of the world’s cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue in achieving peace and sustainable development.

This day provides an opportunity for nations to promote culture and emphasizes the importance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change.

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