Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has called on Kenyans in Diaspora to provide a platform for cultural exchange between Kenya and their current countries of residence, noting that this would in turn spark cultural tourism to Kenya and further earn the country the much needed foreign exchange.
Senator Malala was speaking to African Warrior Magazine in Hollywood, California after meeting a bevy of film production companies interested in working in film and movie related projects in Kakamega county.
Senator Malala, a former high school teacher, is also a celebrated thespian having scripted and directed award winning plays. He is famous for the controversial school play Shackles of Doom which was banned by the Education ministry in 2013 for being “politically incorrect”. The play’s storyline captured the brutality meted out by rogue police officers on demonstrators, and showcased how nepotism and unequal distribution of resources led two communities to fight against each other, degenerating into a full-blown confrontation.
Mr Malala’s talking points in Hollywood showed his passion in promoting drama and nurturing the talents of young actors.
Further on the role of Kenyans living in Diaspora, the first time senator noted that government should do more to tap into the skills, expertise and, unique experience of Kenyans living abroad.
What did the Senator learn from his dalliance with the best of the best in Hollywood? “Conviction in the work.”
“I hope we can get to that level of conviction in our plays and films; the producers in Hollywood have a drive to produce quality films and movies” he pontificated.