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NAIROBI, KENYA - APRIL 7: Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week’s deadly attack on northern Kenya’s Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015. At least 148 students were killed and 79 injured, four militants killed on Al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College.


April 8th 1953: Kenyatta sentenced

On this day in 1953, future Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta was sentenced to imprisonment for his alleged role in the Mau Mau rebellion. Kenyatta was born in around 1889 to a Kikuyu family, leaving home at a young age to study and work at a Church of Scotland mission, and from there later moved to Nairobi. The young Kenyatta became involved in the burgeoning independence movement that sought to throw off British colonial rule in Kenya. He entered politics full-time, and became general secretary of the Kikuyu Central Association, which fought against policies it felt harmful to Kenyan interests. Kenyatta notably helped to organise the fifth Pan-African Congress in 1945, which discussed mass nationalist and independence movements across African countries. In 1947, he was elected president of the Kenya African Union and took a leading role in the nationalist movement. The early 1950s saw Kenya rocked by the Mau Mau rebellion, which was a bloody campaign led by Kikuyu against British settlers, in retaliation to the violence committed by the British against the Kenyan people. While there was little evidence linking Kenyatta to the movement, he was considered a subversive presence and was thus arrested for supposed involvement in the violence. In April 1953, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, and his condition remained a key issue of the Kenyan independence movement, with frequent calls for his release. He was finally released in August 1963, and immediately joined negotiations for Kenyan independence. The new republic elected Kenyatta as first their prime minister and later as president, making him Kenya’s first president and founding father. Under his leadership, Kenya had favourable relations with the West and the economy boomed, though most of this wealth was concentrated in the elites. Jomo Kenyatta died at Mombasa in 1978, and was succeeded by Daniel arap Moi.


CultureHISTORY: President Obama & Kenya - July 2015

Obama is preparing for his official presidential visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland. I knew that he was admired there but until I saw these photos, I had no idea what a central historical figure Obama has become to the Kenyan people.

His image is everywhere, it can be found on murals, in restaurants, schools, villages, etc. And that was *before* his upcoming visit this week. Suffice it to say that the Kenyans are JACKED UP to see the American president with Kenyan roots come to the motherland.

Kenya, Aneko : A picture taken on March 3, 2016 shows Migingo Island on Lake Victoria.
Ownership of the island is subject to a dispute between Kenya and Uganda. Since 1926, territorial ownership of the island has been consistently shown on maps and on official documents as Kenyan. The dispute centres on the lucrative fishing rights in the waters around the island, mostly for valuable Nile perch. Ugandan waters come within 510 metres of the island. The tiny island crowded with housing shacks has a population of between 100 and 200 people. Kenyan voter registration has now resumed on the island just two days after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) clerks were arrested by Ugandan security officials. / AFP / CARL DE SOUZA