Below are photos taken at Kakamega Reunion at the Jungle Club Leicester. Around 25o friends and neighbours from a wonderful town in Kenya met up at this 1st reunion. Some had not met in almost 40 years but people had not forgotten the very special bond and spirit people of Kakamega have for each other.
Last night after the event finished the Whatspps group was buzzing with comments, below are just a few :
“Thank you everyone!
We shared a few tears for those dear ones whose presence was deeply missed today …sadly, they can only live on in our hearts now.
We also shared many laughs today too! I lost count of how many times we heard “Oh my God, is that…?” or “Tamme kon cho?”
It was an honour to learn about and feel respect for our ancestors today. They survived the turbulent journey from India in sail boats and steamer boats to arrive in Kenya & develop Kakamega.
It’s because of their courage, skills and hard work that we, the 3rd and 4th generations of Kakamegians, are able to spread the Kakamega spirit and ‘sanskars’ wherever we may now live across the world.
I’m very proud of our ancestor’s sacrifices & the legacy that they’ve gifted us; proud of today’s reunion organisers especially Mangal ji and very proud of all of us for making today very special.
Sujata Barot, grand daughter of Haribhai D Barot.”
“We were able to CREATE a duplicate Kakamega in Leicester
Thank you all for participating
The is talk of town all over wherever KakamegaWalla are. Nothing is impossible we will do even bigger one soon”
“Hello Pravin, Gumanbhai,Bhagatbhai,Saujani brothers and not forgetting my brothers.What can i say?.Thankyou so much for your hard work.”
“I would like to thank each n everyone, who made the effort of coming to Leicester n making our first Kakamega reunion so fantastic.My special thanks to Pravin,Bhagatsinh’s Mansukh Modi n Savjani’s brothers.This reunion would not have been possible,if I didn’t have the support of these people.I want to request everyone who has taken any photos or videos of this reunion,to post it so v can try n make an album.”
“Thank you everyone for organising reunion meet all the lovely people from kakamega will be with me for ever god bless you all bikhu adatia”
These are some of the photographs I managed to capture