The third edition of the Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (JAMAFEST) kicked off with pomp and style on Saturday September 9, 2017 with a carnival of troupes from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda performing in the streets of Kampala.
Kenya High Commissioner Ambassador Major General (Rtd) Geoffrey Okanga accompanied by the Deputy High Commissioner Ambassador Robert Ngesu led Kenyans in cheering and supporting the Kenyan artists. Veteran athlete John Ngugi was among the Kenyans who came to show solidarity to the artists.
The Festival was officially opened by Rt. Hon. Dr . Ruhakana Rugunda Prime Minister of Uganda on September 10, 2017 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. Dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony include Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General of the EAC Secretariat, Hon. Janat B. Mukwaya (Hajat) Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development of Uganda, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda and the Head of Kenya’s delegation Mr. Weslas Ong’ayo, Director of Administration Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
Partner states continue participated in music performances, arts and craft exhibitions, comedy and drama, traditional wrestling (Ekyigwo), display of traditional medicine, fashion show and a symposium. Bringing together prominent cultural practitioners, administrators and academia from East Africa, the festival’s programme and events was developed in a unique format of a “ JAMAFEST PASSPORT” which can be downloaded from the link below.