During our latest trip to East Africa 1MTN team visited several counties in Kenya, learned about the situation on the ground and had lots of valuable meetings and discussions.
Busia County is a diverse and vibrant with a rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. It is an important hub for trade and agriculture in western Kenya and plays an important role in regional integration and development. 1MTN team had a very fruitful meeting with the County Governor, Dr Paul Otuoma and the Eco Green Kenya. It was great to meet as passionate and driven people on growing bamboo as 1MTN is. Bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular plant in Busia County due to its remarkable benefits.
Fun facts about Busia County:
1. The population of Busia County is nearly 900 000 people, and the area is 1628 km2. Busia is also known for being the gateway to East and Central Africa.
2. The name "Busia" comes from a local word meaning "mashed yams". The area was known for its yam production before colonialism.
3. Busia County is home to the Nambale Magnet School, which was founded by a Kenyan educator and has gained international recognition for its innovative approach to education.
4. The county is known for its traditional dance called the Isikuti, which is performed by the Luhya people who live in the area.
5. The Busia One-Stop Border Post, which connects Kenya and Uganda, is one of the busiest border crossings in East Africa.
6. The county is home to several conservation areas, including the Kakamega Forest Reserve, which is one of the last remaining patches of tropical rainforest in Kenya.
7. Busia County is a major producer of maize, beans, and other crops, and is known for its vibrant markets where farmers sell their produce.
8. The county is home to several waterfalls, including the famous Busia Falls, which are located near the border with Uganda.
9. The county has several cultural and historical sites, including the Butula Museum, which showcases the cultural heritage of the Luhya people, and the Sio Port, which was an important trade center in the 19th century.