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Celebrating Diversity on the Day of Indigenous People

Each year, on the 9th of August, the United Nations honors the diverse cultures of the world. This day, known as the “International Day of Indigenous People,“ is celebrated worldwide.

In Kenya, this celebration took on a unique flavor as part of the Global Peace Festival. Hundreds of young people from various youth organizations assembled at the UPF Headquarters in Nairobi to celebrate the diversity of people in this East African country.

The afternoon program featured music from different countries, including performances by international guests. A competition took place to select Mr. and Miss Culture 2008. There were a number of outstanding contestants, and the judges crowned Miss Christine Shivega from Kenya as Miss Culture and Mr. Darlington Eguoje from Nigeria as Mr. Culture.

The objective of the event was to make young people aware of the Global Peace Festival and encourage them to become involved in the many local activities connected with the festival. The focus was on cultural diversity and trans-national cooperation.

Global Peace Festival-Kenya thanks its partners for working together to produce a great outcome. The Kenya Centre for Youth Development and Educational Media provided refreshments, decorations, and event management. The Kenya Gospel Artists Association helped with logistics, decorations, food, and staff.

The International Day of Indigenous Peoples was established by the UN in 1994 at the beginning of an International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, which was established to strengthen international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and social and economic development. In 2004, a second Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples was announced.