Nairobi — The Republic of South Sudan yesterday participated in the African Cultural Day held at National Defense College (NDC) at Karen in Nairobi - Kenya. The college that is linked to the University of Nairobi admits senior administrators and military officers from rank of Colonel to Brigadier General from all over Africa and offers courses in international relations and diplomacy, national and international security studies and economics studies.
The African Cultural Day is a part of academic routine in the college that allows all the participants to display and hold their cultural show in form of traditional dances, foods, products and national symbols. The theme of this year's celebration was "Promoting African Diversity".
The commandant of the NDC Lt Gen J N Waweru thanked the participants for the work well done and urged the embassies for total support to maintain this important occasion to be held every year in the college. He encouraged the participants to enjoy their diversity.
On his part, the deputy commandant of the NDC Maj. Gen Hajji explained that Africa has rich cultures and that there is need to understand these cultures so that Africans can know and cherish their roots and destiny. He said that appreciating African diverse cultural heritage will promote the unity of Africans.
South Sudan's Deputy Ambassador H.E Mariano D. Ngor who presented the Ambassador to Republic of Kenya H.E Majok Guandong in the occasion introduced to guest of honor and other dignitaries portraits of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit the President of the Republic of South Sudan and that of the late hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior.
"As you know South Sudan is the youngest country in Africa and in the world at large and it is a great pleasure to be among brothers and sisters and members of states of Africa here today, there couldn't have been any other place that we would like to be and for this reason I welcome you to South Sudan", he said. Guests were shown the displays by Brig. Gen Chol Biar with the help of Madam Akur Kuol Mading who explained the different foodstuffs. Different traditional foods, beverages and products of South Sudan were displayed. Bor community women cultural group in Nairobi also presented a cultural dance on behalf of South Sudan.
Participants were drawn from Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of the fifteen participants in the 2012/2013 course, South Sudan has two participants who are Brig. Gen. Chol Biar Ngang and Brig. Gen. Gatwech Yiech Ruom.