40-year cultural odyssey to meet the return of a cultural legend

Miss Margaret Kenyatta inspects an old food dipper after she opened the first African Heritage Gallery in January, 1973, as the late Joseph Murumbi and Alan Donovan look on. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP.

What you need to know:

  • The Hotel Intercontinental was the site of the debut of the first African Heritage Night nearly 50 years ago in 1971.
  • The release of a new double volume opus, African Twilight, has stirred Alan Donovan to reconstruct Kenya’s African Heritage Festival once more.
  • Alan has contracted beaders, tailors, and embroiderers to reconstruct Kenya’s African Heritage Festival.

In 2003, Kenya’s famous pan-African gallery, African Heritage, co-founded by Alan Donovan and former Vice-President Joseph Murumbi, closed down its 51 outlets worldwide and suspended its shows highlighting African culture, textiles and fashions through Kenya’s African Heritage Festival that had travelled the world with its troupe of models, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, chefs, hairdressers and others.


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