Whether you remember him as the dashing Jack in James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic, or as Romeo in the romantic movie Romeo and Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio has grown to become a favourite actor of many. He, along with other top names in Hollywood, is on his way to Kenya.
Okay, if you are a big fan of DiCaprio, then maybe you should get ready for a party, because you might have the chance to meet him in person here in Kenya. Yes! You read that right. He is expected to be here in the next few months.
And not just him. Other Hollywood stars and media personalities, including Paul Allen and Yao Ming, are also expected to attend a major summit in Kenya on the illegal trade in wildlife, come April.
The event will also feature heads of state and other rich and famous people in Africa.
According to the Environment Cabinet Secretary, Professor Judi Wakhungu, the two-day Pan-African Giants club is an event done to fend off poaching and illegitimate buying and selling of Ivory.
In the much-talked about occasion, Kenya intends to burn down 120 tonnes of ivory. This will be the largest to be razed down by any country at a time. It goes to show firm commitment to zero tolerance for poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
In similar way, the fire will be more than double times compared to the size of any ivory stockpile burned in the past.
According to Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu
Kenya plans to use the occasion to torch as many as 120 tonnes of ivory, the largest stockpile of ivory ever destroyed by any country, as proof of our commitment to zero tolerance for poaching and illegal ivory trade.
Dignitaries mentioned to be present at the star-studded event include a good number of heads of state along with Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, and business tycoons George Soros, Paul Allen, Howard Buffet and Michael Bloomberg.
Other notable people to attend include conservation icon and BBC legend David Attenborough, British musician Elton John, and also ex-basketball star Yao Ming, who has led campaigns in his homeland of China to raise awareness of the damage elephant poaching causes.
The burning down of a stockpile of ivory at the star-studded summit in April which will be graced by Hollywood celebrities presidents and business leaders will revolve around fight against “poaching and illegal trade in ivory.”
Just recently, a British helicopter pilot was fatally shot by elephant poachers while flying an anti-poaching mission in Tanzania. This is exactly what Kenyatta and other African countries affected have been fighting against for years now.
The Birmingham pilot, Roger Gower, was reportedly tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve.
Kenyatta has in the past burned a whooping three-metre (10-foot) tall pyre of tusks with huge flames, and the fire lasted for several days until the ivory turned to ash.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said he set fire to ivory as a message because he wanted “future generations of Kenyans, Africans and the entire world to experience the majesty and beauty of these magnificent beasts.”
The promised destruction of the remaining stockpile is now slated for April 29 and 30.