We were very excited about the Mombasa International Cultural Festival. The publicity was great and we were ready to meet new people and take snapshots of the diversity at the Kenyan coast.
Cultural Diversity at The Mombasa Cultural Fete
The set up was really nice. Each community had their ‘bomas’ (traditional homestead) built with local materials complete with thatch and mud. At each boma featured local tribes dressed in traditional costumes. They also offered tours of their homestead and performed traditional dances.
Each boma was represented by tribes of the Mijikenda community (including the Chonyi and Giriama). There was a luo boma as well as a Gikuyu boma and a luhya boma.The last three communities may seem out of place at the Mombasa International Cultural Festival, but they actually represent a large population at the Kenyan Coast. There was also the iconic maasai people wandering about looking very nice in their traditional attire.
Honestly I was amazed at how much work was put in to give everyone who ended up at the Mombasa International Cultural Festival a fun experience of taste. One of my favorite unique recipe was the crusted kebab with cheese. It was unfortunate that there wasn’t a restaurant where I could have such a delicious kebab. Anyway I’ll be scouting for kebabs I’m sure I’ll find you.
The event was very well attended. This is a testament to the organizers who have kept this event alive over the years. There were visitors from far and within.
It was also great to see the bomas come alive and represent their culture proudly. We need to support these communities as they play a part in telling the Kenyan story. The Mombasa International Cultural Festival was a great reminder of how rich we really are as Kenyans and how we must love and protect this diversity which strengthens us as one Nation. We’re looking forward the 2016 edition of the Mombasa International Cultural Festival .