UNIC Nairobi courts strategic partners to promote tours
Friday, 7 February 2014, Nairobi | UNIC Nairobi
In an effort to find strategic partners to raise the profile of the Visitor’s Service at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), the DPI office has forged an on-going relationship with Miss Tourism Kenya and music celebrities. This partnership has already brought 27 beauty pageants to the UNON complex commonly known as Gigiri.
Opening up the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) complex to the public is one of the main goals of the Visitors’ Service that was set up a few years ago. UNIC Nairobi has organized a series of promotional tours with Kenyan artists and celebrities that have attracted more than 100 visitors to participate in the UN tour. Their first among many was on 3 December 2013. The Visitors’ Service organized a promotional tour featuring Miss Tourism Kenya delegates from 27 counties in Kenya.
Some UN staff could not resist pulling out their camera phones to capture the colourful but rare moment of an avalanche of different delegation than they are used to. A Kenyan television station, K24-TV, filmed every step that the ladies took during their 2-hour visit to UNON. The delegates’ visit, which was part of their activities to promote tourism in Kenya, was aired (YouTube) twice on K24-TV, on 5 and 7 December 2013.
The invitation to this effort made sure that no sector of the community was left out, and to reach out to those in inner cities, especially the slums of Nairobi, the Visitors’ Service also worked with artists from such places. One such group was the Sawasawa Acrobats, (a group of young talented rehabilitated street boys) from the Haruma and Korogocha slums. After the guided tour on 6 December, the group performed acrobatic stunts for their fans and 40 staff members who watched their performance.
In the same vein, the Service organized a promotional tour for Octopizzo, a Kibera-born hip-hop artist, on 10 December. “I have never in my wildest thoughts imagined that people can actually tour the UN!” the artist remarked after the guided tour.
The last in a series of promotional tours featured “Rabbit” (known as Kaka Sungura and originally as Kevin Ombima), a hip-hop artist from Eastlands, on 27 December. Being impressed with the tour, Rabbit, who also hosts “Tubonge”, a talk show among the youth, plans to collaborate with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC Nairobi) in telling the UN story to members of the general public.