15 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized Nairobi cultural events and performances at the Church’s Stake Centre in Buru Buru.
Wholesome cultural activities in line with the gospel of Christ are encouraged by the church. The cultural events in Nairobi showed the diversities we as a human family have.
Each of the 15 participating congregations was assigned to represent a different one of the 42 Kenyan tribes. Each tribe has their own cultural practices, customs and languages. Those represented were: Maasai, Mijikenda, Kikuyu, Kisii, Meru, Boran, Akamba, Luo and Luhya.
The different cuisines from the Kenyan tribes were also displayed. The Nairobi 2nd Ward demonstrated the food preservation methods used by the Luhya tribe, whom they represented. Some of the foods included roasted tsisua (termites) which pop out of the ground when it rains. They are roasted with a little natural salt and are quite crunchy. There was also sun-dried and smoked fish, both of which, when prepared properly, will last for several seasons.
Dancing and singing was a popular event at the activity. The Kayole 2nd Ward represented the Kamba tribe, and mesmerised the audience with an authentic, vigorous dance that is traditional within this community. There was a large group of dancers wearing wonderful costumes made of patterned green fabric. The dancers were accompanied by rhythmic drum playing.
As part of the event, three brethren, dressed as old men, sat around a real fire enjoying the dancing of the young people of their tribe. These men, who had fake moustaches and beards, were unrecognizable to those who knew them. They depicted the elderly of Africa who are famed for their wisdom, and whose evening-time practice is to sit around a fire, watching the young people.
The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints provided lively and informative entertainment to all who attended and participated in the Nairobi Cultural Events and Concert.
Excerpted by Collette Burgoyne