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Death of festivals dims Lamu hope to revive ailing tourism

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Maulid. Food and Expo. Art, yoga and kite festivals. These are just a few of a slew of art and culture experiences that Lamu County used to dish out to the world and which boosted its tourism profile.

Lamu Old Town, also known as “the island of festivals”, had a splendid array of events and festivals ranging from Eid-Ul-Adhar to the Lamu Fishing Competition, Lamu Art Festival, The Lamu Cultural Festival, Lamu Yoga Festival, the Kite Festival, Shella Hat Contest and the Lamu Painters Festival.

But these events were put on the back burner as the tourism sector took a nosedive.

Coming on the backdrop of the Mpeketoni terror attacks in 2014 that also hit tourism hard, hospitality industry players say the vital sector is in the doldrums and want the festivals reinstated. Speaking during a forum in Lamu at the weekend, hoteliers and other players questioned why the county government has not been keen in reviving the events.

Hotelier Salim Abubakar said the county’s tourism sector was on the decline after the festivals were lifted. He urged Governor Fahim Twaha to restore the events and revive the sector.

“All the festivals that were introduced in the calendar of events are crucial. They served to attract visitors, both domestic and international, to Lamu. We need them back so that the tourism sector can be improved,” he said.

Marketing strategy

Former Lamu Tourism Association (LTA) deputy chairman Ghalib Alwy said the body, in partnership with the county tourism office started the festivals to attract more tourists. Mr Alwy said it is important that the events are retained.

“We launched those events as a marketing strategy for Lamu tourism. Through them, we were able to attract tourists from Kenya, East Africa and the world. This is after the terrorism attacks led to an almost 90 percent decline of the sector. It’s only through the festivals that tourists got the confidence to visit Lamu again. The events must be reinstated,” said Mr Alwy. Mr Mohamed Hassan noted that local tourism was still doing badly, attributing the situation to a section of foreign countries that are still having active travel advisories against their citizens visiting Lamu.

“The travel advisories still play a big role in scaring away tourists. We want as many festivals as possible as they have the ability to ensure the tourism climbs back on its feet,” said Mr Hassan.

Some of the festivals known and which are still being celebrated by many in Lamu includes the annual Lamu Cultural Festival that is marked between November and December, the Maulid Festival marked every January, New Year’s Dhow Race marked on January 1 and Eid Ul-Fitr marked every July.

The festivals are said to attract more than 30,000 visitors from around the world.

by Nation.africa


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VIDEO: Fans react after Dr Ofweneke’s video mopping house surfaced

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Comedian-cum-emcee Sande Bush popularly known as Dr Ofweneke has proven to be the most romantic man alive.

The father of three will do anything for his better half and recently he sent tongues wagging after he shared a video mopping the house using a piece of rag and bucket of water.

The video ignited mixed reactions with many applauding him for being a husband material while some claimed it was a punishment from his wife although he didn’t respond to that.

Reactions include;

terencecreative They have sitted on you.

pstruthmatete @terencecreative sitted on him properly like chapati😂😂😂. Oh my poor brother😂😂😂

jeridah.andayi Finished! I should probably send this video to your Mama. You are finished my brother. Abaneeeeee😂😂😂😂😂

blakaende Bro… osha chupi yake publicly tukuamini

xclusivedeejay Nunua mop wacha kuishi ni kama uko Abuja 😂😂😂😂

 

borrow_yeng Mwanaume hafai kuwa na dusters kea nyumba

yvonnemeshofficial Unavaa kiatu size 90😂😂😂husband material 🔥🔥

alanmola Are mops out of stock too bro? 🤣🤣

moureenbreshy Haikosi umekaliwa chapo mbichi😎

namalwa_chesoli I wanted a husband like this one,but who is God,he gave me one who puts his legs on the table and removes the socks at the door and still asks Kama nimeziona!

aokowinny09 Kwani bibi alikuwacha?

kemmy840 Ama hii ni punishment kutoka kwa bibi

daudis.mnalila Akii kuna kitu umefanya si bure🤣

okuonko_walker Bibi amekukalia bro

evannvane Usituchezee sisi wakisii😂

angulu_babos Huyu alikua analala kwa mens conference 😂😂😂😂

chepwogenmercy @drofweneke look for a wife material now

rosemaryogambe @drofweneke Hahaaa UMEKALIWA CHAPATI wewe chunga 😂😂😂😂😂

elsieshish Thriving husband 😜😜

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‘We had invested…’ Churchill reveals how the pandemic has hit him

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Comedian Churchill says just like any other business, coronavirus has hit him too.

Churchill, real name Daniel Ndambuki has been doing ‘The Journey Series’ on his TV show which is originally a stand-up comedy show that attracts thousands of viewers.

Speaking to Mpasho, Churchill revealed;

“We had invested quite some amount in the production of the show. And now, you can’t use that gear, you have to put all that aside. You cannot set up something so big for like 200 people, that is loss-making. It almost takes us to where we began. We remain positive though”

Adding;

“I am happy with all that is happening from all other comedians.”

Churchill said this after the launch of TuKo App, which he is the brand ambassador.

Churchill Photo By Charlene Malwa

by Mpasho.co.ke


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Corazon lashes out at body shammers after attending event at Movenpick

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On Thursday night, Corazon Kwamboka and her baby daddy Frankie Kiarie attended a cocktail event at Movenpick.

The hotel partnered with Hennessy to celebrate the close of the year 2020 as well as usher in the forthcoming festive season.

Mama and Baba Taiyari attended the event and even posted photos about it on their social media.

As usual trolls had something to say about Corazon’s body.

She did not spare them one bit.

Check out photos taken by our very able photog Mercy Mumo.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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