Aluru are a local delicacy among the local community, prepared by boiling in salted water then fried. Local s say the wild species is sweeter than farm bred.
A bird known for it’s sweet sound, local hunters make use of its sweet call to attract its mates to traps set nearby.
Placed in beautifully hand woven special baskets known as ‘sigol’, they are hung on specially selected sticks known as ‘tal’
Where they spend their day calling out attracting pass by birds.
Tours can be arranged by local guides either for the ‘Aluru’ trapping experience or to learn how to make ‘sigols’, which make unique house decor (even better is that their size permit s easy packaging).
Or better is a cultural visit to learn how the whole process is handled traditionally.
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Nyang’oma Kogelo first came to public attention in President Barack Obama’s ‘Dreams From My Father’ , his acclaimed autobiography published in 1995. The story is largely about young Obama’s search for the truth about his brilliant but self destructive father….. Five years after his father’s death, the younger Obama flew to Nairobi and embarked on an emotional trip to the family homestead in Nyang’oma Kogelo.
“I remember the rustle of corn leaves, the concentration on my uncles’ faces, the smell of our sweat as we mended a hole in the fence bounding the western line of the property,” he writes. “It wasn’t simply joy that I felt in each of these moments. Rather, it was a sense that everything I was doing, every touch and breath and word, carried the full weight of my life, that a circle was beginning to close.”
Mama Sarah Obama, mother to Obama Snr (President Barrack Obama’s Father) is known as a very social and very jovial person.
Roads are paved (tarmac) ALL the way, or guests can fly in through nearby Kisumu Int’l Airport
Places one can stay as they visit Kogelo are
– Juliana resort
– kogelo village resort
– kogelo retreat villas and homes
…just to name a few
More on what to see and do around kogelo in Siaya County in coming posts.
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Siaya Agricultural show was the most unusual but beneficial show I’ve ever attended.
With very little pomp attached to it, I remember asking a local if they would be attending the show on the week heading to the show: to which they retorted – which show?
However on attending with the local: non of us were disappointed. Exhibits were few but relevant: very useful to anyone interested in going into agriculture. It was a show you could choose to go a morning or afternoon session covering ALL exhibits without feeling overloaded but leave feeling briefed on all facets of Agricultural cycle s from soil treatments, food processing, to organized/structured community based commercial poultry farming to fish farming dynamics both on built dams and in existing water bodies.
It was not void of entertainment as the fish being filmed above by ladies decided to show it’s prowess by leaping out of the aquarium to our amusement as adults scattered for their “safety”. 🙂
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