Mixed reactions as Naomi Campbell is named Magical Kenya International Ambassador

Tourism CS Najib Balala with English Model, Actress and Businesswoman Naomi Campbell. Her appointment as Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador has elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans./COURTESY

The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has named English Model, Actress and Businesswoman Naomi Campbell as the Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, the 50-year-old Super Model agreed to become Magical Kenya International Ambassador during a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala over the weekend.

 “She will help promote the marketing of Kenya as an ideal tourism and travel destination in the world,” read the statement.

The news of the appointment has received mixed reactions from Kenyans with some questioning the Ministry’s decision.

Here are some of the views that Kenyans expressed on social media:

@MeshRuto says “So we have reduced our tourism sector this far.. @tunajibu do you know what makes us ONE, UNITED, PATRIOTIC. It’s being KENYAN. Please love your country.”

@Valleriemuthoni “So not ONE Kenyan could fit this position? Do y’all even have Kenyan ‘tourism’ ambassadors?”

@Kguantai “for once @kot should be gracious and quit the whining……”

@btikini_KE_NL “This is wrong by all counts. Don’t we have competent Kenyans? If it’s about reach, we have our own Lupita or @Emma Too who both have a wider reach than Naomi. This Ministry needs a total overhaul – We can’t be appointing ‘crushes’ in sensitive dockets like our tourism space.”

@JuniourVinny “Folks must understand business interest. Tourists deserve their own. A good move. For the local we can pick the Ericos and so on.”