The Gotabgaa Organization
Gotabgaa Washington Dc
How to Get Involved
Gotabgaa Mission Statement
"To unite, educate and empower its members and the Kenyan community at large both in the Diaspora and at home."
Gotabgaa (meaning "our homeland family") began in 1993 as an emailing list of Kenyans in the Diaspora who, driven by the need to connect with each other, sought to utilize the internet as a means for creating forums for discussing and sharing on issues affecting them and their beloved country.
In 2003, the first annual conference was held in Atlanta Georgia, prompted by the participants desire to meet in person. This conference was attended by 73 Kenyans. From then to date, the Gotabgaa Conference has been successfully held each year.
2007 Kansas City,Kansas
2009 Desmoines, IA
2010 Washington, DC
2011 Minneapolis-Saint Paul , Minnesota
2012 Atlanta, GA
2013 Dallas, Texas
2014 Kansas City Kansas/Mo
2015 Washington Dc
2016 Columbus, Ohio
2017 Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota
and 2018 will be held in iowa
The conference is held annually in the summer time (by North American Calendar), usually in the months of June and July. No specific, uniform dates are set, but is left to the discretion of the hosting Gotabgaa Chapter. The conference usually runs from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, morning through evening hours, though variably.
The hosting of the conference rotates between the chapters/states/regions. To host the next conference, a chapter in attendance at the current meeting has to bid and make its case after which voting is done and the winner declared.
Content and form
The content (& theme) and form of each conference is determined by the hosting Chapter, but has to be in line with the overall Mission and objectives of the Organization. The sessions are an interplay and an interweave of presentations from guest speakers, discussions on selected topics, cultural activities such as music and comedy from Kenyan and other artists, cultural fashion shows, camaraderie, cook outs and sightseeing, and sports.
Accommodation, Transportation & Meals
Those planning to attend are responsible for arranging for their accommodation and transportation. To the extent possible, the hosting Chapter helps with providing relevant information and in negotiating for good rates under the collective banner of the conference. The hosting state usually provides the meals which are, largely, Kenyan dishes. No need for anyone to worry, though, these dishes have a universal appeal.
A registration fee whose rate is determined by the hosting Chapter is applied on every attendee for the purposes of organizational and service costs. This can be paid prior to the conference or on arrival, the former being preferred and encouraged.
Attendance is open to all. Attendees travel from Kenya and across the Diaspora. Guests in past meetings have included Kenyan Government Ministers and Officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and various Kenyan and other artists.