Kenya at fifty (50)
The Republic of Kenya this year celebrates her 50th independence anniversary; her Golden Jubilee.
As the country celebrates her Golden Jubilee we are all called upon to reflect on our countries past, present and future. As we celebrate this important historic milestone we take time to recall the recent tragic terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that occurred on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. Many lives were lost and we offer our condolences to the affected families. We wish to thank all those who expressed their condolences through the Embassy by sending flowers and visiting the Mission to express their solidarity and support. We received overwhelming support from friends of Kenya and Kenyans in the Diaspora. Your support and participation in various candlelight vigils and religious services that took place around the US not only portrayed solidarity and patriotism but flowed passed Kenya's borders, creating a nationwide action to express solidarity and nationhood in the face of a selfish act of aggression and violence against our people. Kenya is a great nation that will emerge even stronger after this unfortunate event.
As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Embassy has and will continue to participate in series of events around the US. Jubilee celebrations have already been held in Las Vegas, Delaware, Boston, Colorado and Baltimore among others. Upcoming events are scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Texas, Cincinnati, Sacramento, North Carolina and Chicago.
The Kenya at 50 celebrations will culminate in Washington DC on December 12, 2013 during Jamhuri day celebrations. Thereafter the 2013 Kenya Diaspora Conference is scheduled to take place on December 13 - 15 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. This year's Diaspora Conference will comprise of successful entrepreneurs, speakers on investment opportunities, youth leaders, government officials including Cabinet Secretaries, Senators, Governors, Members of Parliament, representatives of the private sector amongst others.
We call on the Kenya Diaspora to register in great numbers to participate in the Conference. Registration is open and ongoing. To register for the Diaspora Conference, kindly visit:
Long live Kenya. God bless Kenya at 50 years and onwards.
Amb. Jean N. Kamau
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