NINETEEN YEARS' AGO -
Coastweek November 02 - 06, 1999:
MINISTER BIWOTT OPENING ‘HAZINA
WITH GROWING interest in Kenya’s rich cultural past the Hazina
Heritage Centre could not come at a more opportune time and is
sure to attract many visitors from home and abroad, as well as
students wishing to learn more about the way of life of the past
of different tribes, reported
It was due to be
officially opened by the Minister for Tourism, Trade and
Industry, Hon. Nicholas K. Biwott, on Thursday, November 4, at
This unique cultural
museum is situated in what was once the first Anglican Church in
Mombasa being built between 1894-6 by the Church Missionary
Society of England which played a very prominent and
humanitarian role in re-settling slaves arriving at Mombasa
after being rescued at sea by British warships.
It is to be found in
the grounds of the present Anglican Memorial Cathedral off
The museum stands
witness to a very remarkable feat by Lucas Wanyoike, a Director
and artist, who since 1985 has been travelling all over Kenya
collecting traditional items many of which had been left to rot.
includes traditional attire and adornment, beautifying oils used
by ladies in olden days, weaponry and tools, some 300 years old,
musical instruments, one with six strings from the Luhya
community (circa 1935).
traditional ‘tools of the trade’ of medicine-men, witch-doctors
and seers, also a Portrait Gallery of early pictures of
As well, there is a
display of curative herbs and plants which, today has become
known as ‘alternative medicine’ and is sought after by many.
Lucas is also
developing a Botanical Garden with indige-nous medicinal and
other plants for visitors to observe in their natural state.
An insight into
ancestral worship is also given.
It is a very
prodigious and most welcome development at Mombasa and Lucas
must be congratulated on the fruition of 14 years hard work in
collecting and preserving what he can of Kenya’s rich cultural
heritage and showing it to the world, otherwise it might just