Lisa Kibutu: Swahili Culture and History | Kisima Festival 2021

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With a background in Anthropology, Lisa is a Cultural Entrepreneur and Arts & Culture Strategist, with 28 years of experience in the fashion industry and the arts. After living in Canada and  the U.S.A. for over 20 years, Lisa now specializes in Swahili Coast culture and curates bespoke experiences for clients. As a cultural entrepreneur and anthropologist passionate about Swahili heritage, her work’s intention and purpose are to
effectively influence various stakeholders to incorporate Swahili culture and indigenous knowledge within projects implemented in the Coast Region in order to realize sustainable outcomes the people of the Coast.
Lisa currently sits on the board of the Kenya Coast Tourist Association (KCTA) and in the Secretariat of the Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP), the Coast Region economic zone alliance, as the Chief Experiential Officer and Cultural Consultant. She is the current Vice-Chair of the Old Town Residents Association (OTRA) and the Swahili Development Initiative (SDI), a community-based organization, overseeing Strategy and Program Development for the Swahili community of Mombasa.
Lisa studied anthropology and political science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and
received her Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,
U.S.A. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Non-Profit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa is a dedicated partner and mother of 5 beautiful beings living and loving life in the extraordinary historical port city of Mombasa, Kenya.


The Politics of Remembering: The Swahili

This an interview with the renowned archaeologist and anthropologist, Prof. Chap Kusimba, regarding the importance of Swahili history in the global and regional context. The interview explores colonial narratives that ‘de-Africanized’ the Swahili and Prof. Kusimba’s research that has proven,  beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Africanity of Swahili culture and heritage, and their marginalization in Kenya.

Lisa narrates this interview incorporating her holistically curated ‘Swahili Cultural Experience’ with sounds, tastes, textures, and scents of the rich Swahili culture, infusing treasured memories into the hearts and minds of the audience.

Where: Baraza Hub on Saturday 23rd October. View the full schedule here.


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