As you may be aware, the launch of Fatuma’s Voice Kisumu is upcoming! The City of Kisumu is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Kenya. Historical records dating back the 10th century indicate that Kisumu has been dominated by diverse communities at different times long before the white man arrived.
Fatuma’s Voice is honoured to announce it’s entry into the city of Kisumu. This will be in Partnership with Kisumu based Youth and Organisations. Fatuma’s Voice is a unique educational forum based in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru that focuses on encouraging expression through art. The forum stands out because of its distinct use of Art, Poetry and Music as a tool for youth to express themselves.
WHY FATUMA’S VOICE KISUMU?
The people from Nandi, Kalenjin, Abagusii, Maasai, Luo and Abaluhya community converged at the tip of Lake Victoria and called the place “sumo” which literally means “a place of barter trade”. Each community called it different names, for instance;
The Vision for Fatuma’s Voice is to Build an Africa that can speak for herself. We plan to achieve this by establishing continental Fatuma’s Voice forums that link and unite the voice of the African Youth. We believe that Kisumu is very significant vocal point and will inspire people and encourage youth in other counties and countries to replicate similar forums that express their voice and create ground-up practical solutions to their social issues.
1. The Luo called it “Kisumo” meaning “a place to look for food” such that the luo would say “I am going “Kisuma” to mean “I am going” to look for food”.
2. The Abaluhya called it “Abhasuma” which means ” a place to borrow food” such that the luhya would say “I am going “Khusuma” to mean “I am going ” to borrow food”
3. The Abagusii called it “‘egesumu'” meaning “a structure for keeping/ rearing chicken”. It is believed the Abagusii were in Kisumu but found Kisumu was not good for crop husbandry and agriculture.
CITY OF KISUMU 115th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL
This year 2016, the City of Kisumu shall turn 115 years old. We are happy to inform you that the confirmed dates of the 115th Anniversary Festival are the Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December 2016.
Based on lessons learnt from the 2015 celebrations, in 2016 the festival organizers are adding value in areas of:
- Culture, Sports and Tourism:
- Music & Comedy Entertainment;
- Xmas Sales Bonanza;
- Charity work and Humanitarian Services;
- Beer, Wine & Food Festival and
- Environmental Conservation
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