On 22nd August 2023- President William Samoei Ruto officiated the Maa Cultural Festival in Narok, a significant event celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Maa community.
The festival aims to promote unity, diversity, and preservation of the tribe’s traditions and customs. President Ruto’s presence at the event highlights the government’s commitment to recognizing and honoring Kenya’s cultural diversity.
During his speech, President Ruto emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting cultural heritage as a way to foster social cohesion and national unity. He commended the Maa community for their efforts in preserving their age-old customs and traditions.
He highlighted the need for cultural festivals like this one to showcase the rich diversity present within Kenya, contributing to national identity and pride.
President Ruto also spoke about the economic potential that cultural festivals hold for the country. He recognized the contributions of the Maa community to the tourism industry and stressed the importance of supporting local artisans, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs in sustaining cultural tourism.
“Our traditions are an integral part of our story. Celebrating our rich culture brings Kenyans from diverse backgrounds together. The authenticity of this culture is the foundation of cultural tourism.During the official opening of The Maa Cultural Festival at the Sekenani Gate, Maaasai Mara, Narok County” president tweeted.
By promoting cultural festivals and heritage sites, the government aims to boost tourism, create employment opportunities, and stimulate economic growth within local communities. The cabinet secretary Hon Penina Malonza welcomed the president in narok county.
President Ruto’s participation in the Maa Cultural Festival in Narok signifies the government’s commitment to celebrating and preserving Kenya’s cultural diversity, the cabinet secretary for tourism, wildlife and heritage hon Penina Malonza is among Kenya kwanza CS who have been very very vocal in advancing the Kenya kwanza policies. the TCD digital reports.
The event showcases the Maa community’s traditions, while also emphasizing the importance of cultural festivals for national unity and economic development. Such festivals play a crucial role in promoting tourism and supporting local communities, making them an integral part of Kenya’s cultural landscape.