This is a portrait of the Lake Turkana festival in Kenya. Lake Turkana has also been given the name ?the jade sea? and is home to many small and big tribes that has inhabited this region in the north of Kenya. The annual festival is usually held around May and is celebrated by many, not only Kenyans, but people from all around the world. According to www.travelstart.co.ke ?The uniqueness about this annual festival is the fact that the festival helps to overcome stereotypes and creates a mutual understanding of different cultures and promotes peaceful coexistence. ?


The Turkana cultural festival features unique and colorful performances and demonstrations of ten different ethnic groups and communities that live in the Lake Turkana region. During the festival, you can witness different traditional dances and get a chance to taste various exquisite foods from these communities. Not only are you able to taste the marvelous food, you can visit their unique huts and experience life in Loiyangani in Northern Kenya.

Experiencing the customs and living conditions of the ten different tribes, the different traditional clothing and accessories, cultural arts and crafts, traditional dances and music is an extraordinary opportunity to experience different cultures in one day.


In the picture, you can see the Samburu people dance a traditional dance that many people call the Samburu dance. The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya. The Samburu are a sub tribe of the Maasai. The Samburu are also semi. Nomadic pastoralists who mainly herd cattle but also keep sheep, camels and other types of livestock.


One thing that attracts the eye in this picture is the clothing of the Samburu people. After some hours of research, I can conclude that there are some similarities in other pictures. The men usually wear a cloth that is often pink, black or green and is wrapped around their waist in a manner similar to a Scottish Kilt. The Samburu men cover them self with necklaces, bracelets and anklets like the Maasai. One thing that many of the men have in common is that a lot of them have a ?warrior? type of braid. The Samburu women usually wears pieces of blue, purple or black cloth wrapped around the waist or around their chest. The Samburu women keep their head shaved and does not wear that much accessories like the men.


Something that many people do not know is that a lot of the color they use have a meaning. Some of the colors like black, red, green and white represent the colors of the Kenyan flag. The color black represent the people of Kenya, the red represents the blood of the people, the green represent the nature and the natural wealth of the country and at last, the color white represents the peace.


The Maasai people are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting big parts of East-Africa. The Maasai are among the best-known ethnical populations due to their residence near game reserves of the African Great Lakes and their distinctive traditional clothing and accessories. This is the reason the Maasai, the Samburu, and other African ethical groups are so alike.

The reason I have chosen this picture is because I love the message behind the festival and I believe that it is something that should be celebrated all around the world.



An Analysis of the Kenyan national anthem

-Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu// O God, of all creation-


The national anthem of Kenya was written by the Kenyan Anthem commission In 1963. The anthem itself is based upon a ?Pokomo? song that the mothers used to sing to their children. It is a vital and important part of Kenya in many ways. The following is an analysis of the Kenyan national anthem and the importance of it.

O God, of all creation (Kenyan National Anthem) 

Oh God of all creation 

Bless this our land and nation 

Justice be our shield and defender 

May we dwell in unity 

Peace and liberty 

Plenty be found within our borders. 


Let one and all arise 

With hearts both strong and true 

Service be our earnest endeavor 

And our homeland of Kenya 

Heritage of splendor 

Firm may we stand to defend 


Let all with one accord 

In common bond united 

Build this our nation together 

And the glory of Kenya 

The fruit of our labor 

Fill every heart with thanksgiving. 


Ee Mungu ngvu yetu

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu 
Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi 
Natukae na udugu

Amani na uhuru 
Raha tupate na ustawi.


Amkeni ndugu zetu 
Tufanye sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu 
Nchi yetu ya Kenya

Tuwe tayari kuilinda


Natujenge taifa letu 
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima 
Tuungane mikono

Pamoja kazini 
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani







One of the reasons we can tell the anthem is an important part of Kenya is that the national anthem is a prayer. It is in the first stanza where it begins with ?Oh God of all creation?. After the first stanza, it continues and asks for blessings of the country. Referring to the stanza ?Bless this our land and nation?. Because of this prayer, this makes Kenya a more blessed country.

The Kenyan national anthem is not only encouraging because of the prayer, it also encourages national unity.
Every Kenyan sings the national anthem usually during many public gatherings, such as festivals, historical events, holidays and during other important events including athletic events. In most schools, the Kenyan national anthem is usually sung on Monday and Friday. This reminds all Kenyans that they are one people thus encouraging national unity. It also encourages national unity by the words it possesses. The anthem tells all of us to build our nation, not just one individual but all of us as a nation thus encouraging national unity in Kenya.


One thing that is somewhat hard to interpret is the fact that this national anthem discourages tribalism. The anthem is sung in English or in Swahili. It was originally written in Kiswahili. Because of this anthem, this ensures that none of the tribes in Kenya will feel more superior or inferior to the other Kenyan tribes. By doing so, it discourages tribalism. It also discourages tribalism by uniting all Kenyans as one.

The anthem evokes a deep sense of patriotism among the Kenyan people.
In most schools in Kenya, the children are taught to show their love to their country from a young age, by a young age we mean 9+, and above. This is executed through teaching them the anthem and telling them to sing it very often, as it was mentioned earlier, at least two times a week. Since they sing about how much they love their country, the children would be singing of their love for their country Kenya. This teaches them to love their country Kenya and by the time they grow up, they would be singing of their love for Kenya from their hearts thus the national anthem would have made them patriotic Kenyans.

The national anthem of Kenya has so much importance to this nation.