Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Lazarus Amayo, has revealed that there are nearly 160,000 Kenyans currently living in the country.
Mr Amayo made the announcement during the second ‘Kenya in the Park’ event in London at the weekend.
“We estimate to have 159,000 persons of Kenyan origin residing here (in the UK). We also have 25,000 British nationals who have chosen Kenya as their home and so we have a lot in common.”
– Lazarus Amayo, Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK
He also said that Kenya was committed to strengthening its relationship with the UK, a sentiment which was echoed by British MP Tobias Ellwood yesterday during his meeting in Kenya with Adan Mohamed.
The event organisers, Lydia Olet, Mercy Kiminto and online social entrepreneur Misterseed, said 6,000 people attended last weekend’s Kenya in the Park at Plaistow Park, East London, double the number at last year’s inaugural event.
— Denis Otingo-Onyango (@Otingo) July 30, 2016
Kenya in the Park
Kenya in the Park aims to bring together Kenyans living in London and offers a networking opportunity as well as showcasing the country’s rich culture.
“We need something authentic, natural and tasteful African products for the Kenyans in London, and we have hit at the central nerve. Next year will be fabulous and the numbers will double.”
– Mercy Kimono, Kenya in the Park organiser
Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya Tourism Board and Kenya Airways were among the top Kenyan brands in attendance.
“We are very impressed with the numbers of stalls, which hit 47 this year. They range from cultural objects and fine Kenyan-African cuisine to financial services and offerings in hospitality”
– Lydia Olet, Kenya in the Park organiser
Elizabeth Kangethe, Kenya’s first woman councillor in the UK was another attendee at the event.
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The next ‘Kenya in the Park’ event is scheduled for August 2017.