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Rusinga Cultural Festival 2019: The Island Remembers

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: October 18, 2019  

Rusinga Cultural Festival is an annual two-day celebration of the culture of the Abasuba people of Kenya. The festival was founded by Anne Eboso and administered through Chula Cultural Foundation.

The cultural festival is the sole initiative preserving the culture of the Abasuba who are mainly found on the Rusinga Island and Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria on the Kenyan portion of the Lake. Abasuba culture is under pressure from the neighboring Luo community due to assimilation and intermarriage.

Suba language has been listed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger as one of the thirteen endangered languages in Kenya where it is classified as vulnerable.

Find out how you can be part of the cultutal experience here

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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