Alan Donovan and the African Heritage House
Alan Donovan produced Kenya's African Heritage Festival with a troupe of models, dancers, musicians, acrobats and others. Here he explains the history of African Heritage and his life story.
Alan Donovan produced a video of his festivals called African Heritage on the Road funded by Coca-Cola East and Southern Africa.
First African Renaissance Show 1998 in South Africa
The African Renaissance Show was staged in South Africa for the First African Telecoms Conference in May 1998, sponsored by the South African government and the International Telecommunications Union. The show combined music and dance groups from South Africa.
African Renaissance Show, part 1
African Renaissance Show, part 2
The organisers had surveyed the whole of Africa to find the best cultural show and unanimously agreed that Kenya’s African Heritage Festival was the best on the continent.
Margaret Kenyatta, former Mayor of Nairobi, presents a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pan African Broadcasting, Heritage and Achievement Awards in South Africa, for “Thirty Years of Visionary Leadership in the Arts” and “The best gallery in Africa, African Heritage” during the African Heritage 30th Anniversary Celebrations in 2002. Looking on is Jerry Okungu, the local organizer for the awards.
2003: Murumbi Legacy
AFTER African Heritage closed in 2003, Alan formed the Murumbi Trust with several friends of the Murumbis. Under his direction, the Trust rehabilitated, repaired and displayed the Murumbi legacy at The Murumbi Gallery in the Kenya National Archives, The Nairobi Gallery at the old PC’s office in Nairobi's City centre, and a sculpture garden at the Murumbi Peace Memorial in Nairobi City Park. In 2015, Alan released “A Path Not Taken, the Story of Joseph Murumbi”, based on Murumbi’s own transcripts.
Magunga Williams; writer and blogger [www.magunga.com]
Martin K. Maitha; writer [www.obiterdicter.com]
Kabutha Kago [http://kabuthakago.com/]
Alan Donovan [http://africanheritagehouse.info/]
Fred Kithinzi of Belva Digital [http://www.belva.co.ke/]