Too much westernisation ruining Lamu’s culture – Elders

Lamu Council of Elders Chairman Shariff Kambaa (right) and his deputy Mohamed Mbwana. They are calling on the county and national governments to introduce measures to save Lamu cultures and traditions from getting extinct. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Kambaa said Lamu Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage site, could lose the title due to the too much westernisation.
  • He accused both the county and national governments of laxity in preserving the Lamu cultural heritage.
  • Mr Mohamed Mbwana said Lamu traditions are crucial since they signify the county’s identity.

Lamu elders are now worried that the county’s cultural heritage and traditions could get extinct if urgent measures are not put in place to preserve them.

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