Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced the annual Nairobi Festival, a fun-filled fair held every December to showcase and celebrate the city’s “vibe.”
Governor Sakaja said during a courtesy call from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday that the Nairobi Festival will take place after the December 12 Jamhuri Day celebrations.
He stated that the fete will include food, the arts, matatu art awards, and exhibitions on designated city streets.
“In December, we will set aside some streets to display culture, food, and creativity, as well as have the nganya awards for the best done matatus, rugby, football, and basketball tournaments, and a variety of other activities,” he said.
Sakaja also directed the revision of “archaic” laws that he claimed were impeding photography, videography, film, and the creative industry in Nairobi.
“When we say we want to be pro-business, we don’t just mean that we want to stop harassment of traders; we also mean that we want to be proactive in facilitating and promoting business.” “There are many archaic laws, including those that stifle creativity and innovation, that we are going to eliminate,” he said.
At the same time, the Governor welcomed a collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce to improve the ease of doing business in Nairobi.
“Businesspeople should spend more time doing business and less time chasing compliance issues,” he said.
Photographers and videographers, in particular, have long clashed with City Hall officials over the requirements for shooting in the capital.
Typically, they had to obtain a permit from the Department of Filming Services, work with a filming agent, obtain a letter from the police, and pay up to Ksh.5,000 for a single day.