Documenting cultural identity is vital for the preservation, understanding, and promotion of people’s way of life, while also serving as a resource for education, research, and cultural revitalization.

In Kakamega County, a rich tapestry of traditions, including bullfighting, isikuti, pottery, circumcision, traditional cuisine, among others, should be meticulously documented to ensure they are passed down to future generations. The upcoming Mulembe Fiesta, scheduled for this December, uniting Western Kenya Counties, presents an excellent opportunity to serve this purpose.

H.E FCPA Fernandes Barasa had the privilege of attending the Indigenous Knowledge Documentation and Digitalization project (IK DoDi) capacity building workshop at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology this morning. This programme, currently active in 13 counties, including Kakamega, is a collaborative effort between the devolved units and national government.

The event was also attended by His Royal Highness King Peter Nabongo (II), MMUST VC Prof. Solomon Shibairo, County Officials led by Culture CEC Mr. Morphat Mandela, County Attorney CS Viviane Mmbaka and County Secretary Dr Lawrence Omuhaka, officials from the National Government led by Dr. Evans Taracha, the Coordinator of the National Museums of Kenya, 36 County Youth Champions of Culture, among others.

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