THANKFUL

US Embassy gifts Radio Africa Group with turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving

US Press Attaché Veveiros noted better days are ahead despite the difficult pandemic year.

In Summary

Thanksgiving is an annual celebration marked as a national holiday in the United States.

• Food is the central part of Thanksgiving. People eat turkey, which is either roasted in the oven or deep fried and is stuffed with toppings.

Information Officer/Press Attache' Andrew Veveiros offers turkey to the Head of Content Radio Africa Paul Ilado to celebrate thanksgiving on November 25, 2021.
Information Officer/Press Attache' Andrew Veveiros offers turkey to the Head of Content Radio Africa Paul Ilado to celebrate thanksgiving on November 25, 2021.
Image: ERIC KOKONYA

US Press Attaché to Kenya Andrew Veveiros on Thursday morning gifted a turkey to Radio Africa Group for the Thanksgiving holiday celebrated at the end of November.

Thanksgiving is an annual celebration marked as a national holiday in the United States.

Food is the central part of Thanksgiving. People eat turkey, which is either roasted in the oven or deep-fried and is stuffed with toppings.

The holiday is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and marks the day when people of the US celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the previous year.

Veveiros accompanied by a few Embassy officials came into the newsroom carrying the turkey as they walked through to the RAG head of content Paul Ilado.

"On behalf of the US Embassy, I want to wish you and your colleagues a happy Thanksgiving 2021!" Veveiros said.

He said it has been a difficult year but noted that better days are ahead.

Training editor Victoria Graham cutting the turkey into pieces as Radio Africa head of content Paul Ilado, U.S attaché to Kenya Andrew Veveiros look on.
Training editor Victoria Graham cutting the turkey into pieces as Radio Africa head of content Paul Ilado, U.S attaché to Kenya Andrew Veveiros look on.
Image: ERIC KOKONYA

"We are grateful for all you do to champion a free press here in Kenya and we look forward to a healthier, more prosperous 2022," he said.

As he finalised his speech, a team was carefully selected to start cutting the huge turkey that was already put on top of a table.

Ilado said Radio Africa has much to be grateful about despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

"On this Thanksgiving Day, Radio Africa staff are reflecting on the blessings we have had this year despite covid-19 challenges. We have so much to be grateful for especially the generous, energetic and hardworking staff and Kenyans as a whole," he said.

"The US embassy has a special place in our diplomatic relation, We are thankful every day for the opportunity to work with the embassy in Nairobi. "

Ilado said he was grateful for the deeper partnership and the shared commitment to building better lives for Kenyans.

"Happy Thanksgiving Day Kneedler and your team," he said.

The day is considered one of the busiest holidays in the US and also marks the beginning of the December holiday season. 

To celebrate the day, friends and families come together, decorate their houses and enjoy a hearty meal.

The famous Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, pumpkin pie, bread stuffing, potatoes, and cranberries.