Nicholas Sironka says……..
”I am a Kenyan Maasai visual artist with a God given talent.
In the year 2000 to 2001, I had the great honor of being awarded the prestigious Fulbright award, by the government of the United States of America.
As a scholar in residence, I taught Batik art and Maasai Culture at Whitworth College – Spokane, Washington.
I also taught in countless elementary, high schools, colleges and Universities in other States around the country.
In 2001, I returned home and immediately embarked on a personal quest to uplift the living conditions of our people, the Maasai. I have since then returned to the United States of America as an artist in residence, and as leader of “The friends of Sironka Dance Troupe “over 15 times!
These tours with the dance troupe, and my solo art and Culture residencies have been the backbone of my campaign to sensitize Americans on the plight of our people – the Maasai. I have by God’s grace been able to win the hearts of many Americans. Their compassion has helped through direct sponsorship of over fifty girls and boys to high school, and another eight to University!
With their support, I have also been able to renovate a stalled maternity clinic, and dug two wells in our region.
I am a Kenyan first!
As a Kenyan, I have told of my country Kenya with truth and dignity.
Today I have set in motion a practical, effective, educative and entertaining way of articulating Maasai Culture, and Kenya to the people of the United States of America, and beyond through Cultural art and music.
Cultural Ambassador for Kenya
My work has always involved in the promotion of Kenya as an ideal place for visitors to come to, and today this is especially called for owing to the events that befell our land Kenya!
Regular tours by “The Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe” a Maasai folk song and dance group, has not only entertained countless numbers of students, and the general public, but also greatly helped young Maasai men and women who never went to school, get an uplifting of their lives and that of their families, through better health care, housing and education.
Kenya’s Cultural diversity is told to countless Americans.
I am presently forming a Maasai Cultural center close to my home, in interior of Kajiado district – Maasai land.
This center will help create an awareness of Maasai Culture is, and will go further to create employment, for very many of our Maasai youth and their families.
The center will provide an educative and authoritative reference point for many visitors to our country. Lecture forums and presentations by well informed Maasai men and women, will help bring greater understanding by the outside world, of the Maasai and our rich Cultural heritage.
A section of this center designed as a mini museum, will store Maasai artifacts and antiques which will be an added resource for those wishing to have a deeper, and more informed picture of the Maasai, Kenya, past and present.
Our Cultural center will also spearhead Cultural exchange programs for American students. They will also be able to visit other Kenyan villages and Kenyan families, in other parts of the country.
Once operational, our target is to bring up to 500,000 American visitors to Kenya annually!”