The legendary snake – Omieri from Nyakach that died 31 years ago received a very warm reception in the city of Kisumu in the currently on going 3rd KNATCOM UNESCO National Cultural Celebration held at the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground in the city.
Hundreds of people lined up in long queues to catch a glimpse of this legendary snake, currently under a traditional shed built up for her at the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground.
The snake has been under the care of the National Museums of Kenya. The county managed to lobby the museum to lend it to Kisumu for this particular purpose, and as such, members of the public will have the chance to see the snake, which has been preserved all this while.
Kisumu Museum will thus be the temporary home of Omieri up to and until end of October 2018.
Nyakach elders held a special traditional cleansing ceremony for Omieri and apologised for the fire that led to her untimely death.
The people of Nyakach will also have the opportunity to see the snake Monday and Tuesday next week, as it will be taken to its ancestral home in Wasare.
It succumbed and died to burns it received in 1987 when it’s bush habitat was accidentally lit, and thus receiving serious burns, leading to its death.
The then local member of parliament Ojwang Kombudo lobbied and asked the National government to preserve it’s carcass as it had mystical powers among the Nyakach folks, and the luo community.
National Museums of Kenya is however, currently training Kisumu Museum staff on how to take care of this revered snake, so that Omieri will finally have Kisumu as it’s final home.
Welcome back home, Omieri.
UNESCO Cultural Celebration Comes to a Conclusive Close in Kisumu
Kisumu City To Host UNESCO’s 3rd Annual National Cultural Celebration
Kisumu County in collaboration with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) is slated to host the 3rd UNESCO National Cultural Celebration at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground from September 19th to 23rd.
The cultural celebration will showcase an array of activities such as; food fairs, talent and musical shows, fashion, benga luo night and exhibitions will be officially opened by the President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, when he visits the lakeside city in the month.
Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o alongside his Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili have therefore welcomed all the 46 counties to Kisumu county, a county of amazing people, thriving culture and numerous investment opportunities.
Dr. Evangeline Njoka, UNESCO (KNATCOM) Secretary General expressed her optimism that it will be a successful cultural celebrations in Kisumu; sentiments that were echoed by the Chairman of the National Museums of Kenya Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia. He also confirmed that Omieri – the famous snake from Nyakach will return to Kisumu and then onto Nyakach, 30 years after her unfortunate death.
Kisumu County Host World’s 38th Tourism Day
United Nations World Tourism Day
The abundance of tourist destinations like Luanda Magere, Omieri and Kit Mikayi are key attractions on The Western Circuit. These, together with Lake Victoria (otherwise known as Nam Lolwe) are key tourist and cultural spots enjoyed by local and international tourists alike. Furthermore , the rich culture of the Luo community presents added opportunities for tourists to enjoy. Add to this the diverse and robust music, drama, fashion and dance scenes and The Great County of Kisumu becomes a must-do attraction haven not to be missed.
The Deputy Governor of The Great County, Dr. Ochieng’ today flagged off The 38th World Tourism Day procession that kicked of at Prosperity House, Kisumu.
Speaking at the function where he hosted the Siaya Deputy Governor Dr. James Okumbe, KWS officials , dignitaries from the Tourism Fund, the Curator of the Kisumu Museum, members from the Council of Governors from Nairobi and a host of tourism stakeholders from within and outside the county officials, Dr. Ochieng’ Owili reiterated the county’s commitment to exploit the tourism sectors potential on order that it sit firmly as destination on any tourist circuit.
This would enhance the county’s socio and economic growth.
The guest visited The Impala Sancutary and the beautiful resort – Jambo Impala Eco Lodge.
The team then enjoyed a cruise ride from the Eco Lodge, a property owned and managed by KWS to Tilapia beach. They experienced breathtaking views of Kisumu, passing by the papyrus stretch onto the bustling Lwang’ni beach world famous for fresh tilapia fish. They passed the port and expressed a firm desire to rehabilitate it to its former glory. As the sun set they docked at Tilapia beach.
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