Google and National Museum Partner to Showcase Kenya Superheroes Online

L-R Agnes Gathaiya Google Country Director; Amb (Dr.) Amina Mohamed Cabinet Secretary for Sports Culture and Heritage; Charles Murito Google Government Affairs and Public Policy Director and Martha Gulavu of Shujaa Stories unveil the Superheroes at the launch event held at the National Museums of Kenya on Monday 19 October 2020.

Google and the National Museums of Kenya partnered today to launch the Superheroes online exhibition. This was done a day before Kenya celebrates Mashujaa Day that is held on 20th October every year.

This is a continuation of the exhibition that was first launched on 20th October last year and featured Shujaa stories of 28 superheroes on Google Arts and Culture website and app.

This exhibition celebrates Kenya’s history by honoring the heroes and heroines from all the 44 Kenyan communities. Google Arts and Culture and National Museums of Kenya captured Shujaa stories from all Kenyan communities. The Superheroes collection features stories of 61 mashujaa from 44 communities which Google describes as “demonstrating Kenya’s diversity and foster unity in diversity.”

“We must look for our common vision in the dreams of our ancestors. We must seek out their wisdom and preserve their memory. We must bring them to life in a way that present generations can relate – through technology. You can begin that journey by visiting the National Museums of Kenya page on the Google Arts and Culture platform to learn the stories of our folk and cultural heroes, relive their experiences and draw the inspiration that you need from them in order to play your part in constructing and exemplifying our national ethos,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a video message.

Google Arts and Culture project is the company’s way of digitizing history from various countries and publishing them on an online platform that you can read extensively. In Kenya, they started this project way back in 2015 when they started by digitizing Kenya National Archives artifacts. The partnership has now grown to showcasing Kenyan heroes and heroines that you may have not known about which is quite cool.