NAIROBI: 31st October 2023.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla of United Kingdom make a Historical Visit to Eastland’s Library.
Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom, today visited the Eastland’s Library located in Maringo Ward, Makadara Sub County, Nairobi City County. The two royalties were received by the Governor of Nairobi H.E Sakaja Johnson.
The King’s visit to the Makadara Library, hosted by Governor Sakaja, was a momentous occasion that left a lasting impression on the community. The library, a symbol of knowledge and culture, was beautifully adorned for the royal visit. The royal family was accompanied by the Prime Cabinet Secretary Dr. Musalia Mudavadi.
Governor Sakaja accompanied by the County Executive for Talent Skills Development and Care Rosemary Kariuki gave King Charles and Queen Camilla a tour inside, rows of books and artifacts that stood as a testament to the rich history and heritage of the region. The King explored the library’s collection, showing a keen interest in the historical manuscripts and literature. He engaged in conversations with local scholars, librarians, and young students, inspiring them with his words of wisdom and encouragement.
Governor Sakaja, expressed the significance of libraries in preserving and disseminating knowledge, as well as the importance of education in the community. “In my manifesto I made a commitment to establish Community Libraries in every sub county in Nairobi, I intend to actualize that” he said.
The King, praised the commitment to education and culture, highlighting the importance of such institutions in fostering a well-informed and enlightened society.
The event was not only about celebrating knowledge but also strengthening the bond between the monarchy and the local community. The King’s presence in Makadara Library signified the importance of education and culture in the region, and it left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate to witness this historic occasion.
Britain’s King Charles III, met secondary school students during his visit to the Eastland’s Library to learn about a project that restores old libraries and encourages reading amongst children in the community in Makadara.
Eastland’s library was established by the British Council in 1969. So far the British Council in collaboration with Book Aid has donated 2500 books. The library was refurbished in Partnership with Bookbunk Trust in 2018.
The Governor was accompanied by area Member of Parliament George Aladwa, Assistant Director library services Jacob Anada and local leaders.