Kenyans in Minnesota get ready for Madaraka Day

Friday, May 30, 2014
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Hundreds are expected at Parkers Park Community Playfield in Plymouth this Sunday, June 1,  as Minnesota’s Kenyan-American community celebrates Madaraka Day, which marks the day Kenya attained internal-self rule from the British on June 1, 1963 in the run-up to full independence on December 12, 1963.

This will be the 51st celebration by independent Kenya. The Minnesota event will feature soccer, music and children’s activities and “lots of food”, according to the organizaing committee.

Activities will begin at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday and conclude at 7:00 P.M.

Mwanyagetinge Foundation which draws membership from the Gusii community of western Kenya is the lead organziation organziaing the celebration, in collaboration with other Kenyan associations in the state including AKIA, GOTABGAA, MEGA and KCM. The annual Madaraka day celebration draws visitors from around Minnesosta and surrounding states.

By good timimg of the calendar this year, Kenyans in Minnesota will be able to celebrate Madaraka day the same day as people in Kenya. It is a public holiday in Kenya but diaspora Kenyans have traditionally celebrated it the first weekend following the actual June 1.

Minnesota is home to over 10,000 Kenyans, among the largest in the United States.

Madaraka Day in Minnesota
When: June 1, 2014
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Location: Parkers park Community Playfield, 15505 County Road 6, Plymouth, Minnesota

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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.