Following a successful project of Indigenous Knowledge Documentation and Digitization that was rolled out in Vihiga in October 2023, Governor Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo has received the final project report from the National Museums of Kenya DoDi Project that has completed documentation and digitization of Indigenous Knowledge Intellectual Assets pilot phase in Vihiga County.
Governor Ottichilo appreciated the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife through the Department of Culture and Heritage for the collaboration that has made the project a success through capacity building and provision of equipment that was used for documentation and establishment of Vihiga County Indigenous Knowledge Bank.
Vihiga County being rich in matters of culture, Governor Ottichilo gave assurance that his government is putting strategies in place to ensure that the project is sustainable in a bid to market the County and generate revenue through documentaries and cultural tourism.
On his part, Evans Taracha from the National Museum of Kenya applauded Vihiga for having established cultural centers challenging the Department of Culture to transform the centers into innovation and product development centers for the market.
Taracha called on the youth champions and elders involved in the project to preserve and add value to the cultural knowledge, practices, and assets gathered ahead of the cultural trade fair which will be organized by the Ministry where counties will showcase what was documented.