Foreign Affairs Ministry Declares Friday Kenya, African Attire day
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Maasai attire during the ordination of Iltuati Age Group Leader at Illaiserr Manyatta. /PSCU
The ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared Friday as the Kenyan and African attire day.
Political and Diplomacy Secretary Tom Amolo said this is in a bid to increase awareness of Kenya's cultural richness.
"This is to generate interest in the country heritage which ultimately leads to clearer mindset about our past and robust projection to our future," Amolo said.
Noting that Kenya is endowed with richness and varied fabrics as well as diverse fashion styles, the diplomat urged the public to wear any Kenyan attire or any attire from any country in Africa.
"The ethos of this re-engagement speaks to an assertion of an affirmative African narrative that defines us and insists that at its core, manifestations and reflections are at its best."
Amollo said the re-engagement would also enable Kenyans to limit obsequiousness in the face of foreign cultural and political or arrogance in Kenya's diplomacy.
He further identified clothing as a tool for self-expression, social activism, and public diplomacy.
"World leaders often wear traditional clothing to interact with foreign publics and to advance cultural understanding,"
Amollo said nations diplomatic have increasingly focused on promoting their cultural aspects such as food, fashion, songs and dances both at home and abroad.
He said that the cultural aspects are offered as an important part of a nation's cultural diplomacy which internally generate and become more impactful.
But the diplomat maintained that for Kenya the immediate environment is Africa.
"We would rather be known as 'African than near Europe," he said.