Kenya Airways 1st Flight JFK to Nairobi A Black American Experience
- Published on Nov 12, 2018
- This video “Kenya Airways 1st Flight JFK to Nairobi A Black American Experience” was produced, directed, edited, preformed and uploaded by Anthony “Amp” Elmore who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Elmore 1st traveled to Kenya in 1990 to premier his Memphis made independent film “The Contemporary Gladiator.” While in Kenya Elmore was smitten with the “Spirit of Kenya” and he has dedicated his life towards building relationships between African and African/American people. Elmore took groups to Kenya for over a decade.
Elmore met President Moi in 1992 and in 1994 he introduced Kickboxing to Kenya and he along with another Kenya promoted a “Soul Music Concert in Kenya.” Elmore in 1995 married a Kenyan woman. While they are no longer married at the time of this posting they have a 20 year old son Anthony “Amp” Elmore Jr.
It was via the introduction of Barack Obama Jr. whereas the spirit that motivates Elmore revealed itself. Elmore’s inspiration comes from one of Kenya’s Founding fathers Tom Mboya. Elmore has dedicated himself to complete the work of Tom Mboya who at 26 years old came to America. Mboya was a visionary who started a program called “Airlift America” that lead to Barack Obama Jr. and a place in history whereas Tom Mboya is the most significant African to influence American culture and history.
Elmore along with two Kenyans living in America took this maiden Flight to come to Kenya to promote a cultural and economic plan created by Elmore called the “Safari Initiative.” Safari is an acronym for “Styled African Family Application Renaissance Initiative.”
Elmore use his film-making skills to give a personal and in-depth account of his experience of not only the maiden flight Elmore shares with the viewers the spirit of Kenya and his prospectives. Elmore along with Kenyans living in America ,Aggrey Asava and Richard Kiptoo all came to Kenya to ask Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta to honor African/Americans with a “Formal State Reception” in 2021.
Elmore’s most avid support is Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen whom has written letters to the Kenyan embassy seeking support to build relationships of trade, culture and family between Memphis and Kenya. Kenya Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae ignored the Memphis Congressman letters. Kenyans Aggrey Asava and Richard Kiptoo traveled with Elmore to Kenya seeking support from Kenya officials.
African/American buying power is 1.2 Trillion dollars and Africans/Americans spend over 50 billion a year on travel. Elmore and the Kenyans seek to encourage Kenya officials to market to African Americans. Elmore note how wonderful Kenya people are and he compliments their beauty and work ethic.
For more information visit the website www.homecomingcelebration.com to learn more regarding Elmore’s “Safari Initiative.”