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#HistoryKeThread Woman-To-Woman Marriage Among the Kipsigis
In the bygone years, the Kipsigis community, like the Kamba, engaged in a form of marriage in which a woman, often a childless widow, married another woman.
The Kipsigis referred to this arrangement as “ketunchi toloch”, the literal translation of which phrase is “one marries for support”.
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#HistoryKeThread Moi’s 1978 Washington Visit
In March of 1978, Vice President Daniel arap Moi led a strong Kenyan delegation to Washington. The delegation was hosted by U.S president Jimmy Carter.
This was at a time when Ethiopia and Somalia militaries were sparring over the Ogaden. In those days, Kenya had a military pact with Ethiopia.
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#HistoryKeThread Events That Accelerated Kenya’s Independence
Towards the late 1950s, and in spite of scores of Mau Mau and a few of their prominent leaders being killed or captured, there were still pockets of armed resistance against colonial rule in Kenya.
In demands by both international civil rights groups and moderate politicians in the United Kingdom for independence to be granted immediately, the Mau Mau found inspiration.
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#HistoryKeThread: The Man Who Refused To Die

In February of 1987, Kenya’s Environment Minister, Jeremiah Nyaga, was visiting Scandinavia.
Addressing officials, he said: “It is better for Koigi (pictured) to be incarcerated in a Kenyan prison than for him to face an uncertain future in Norway...”
A few weeks back, dissident Koigi Wamwere had fled to Norway, having sneaked out of Kenya via Busia border point.
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#HistoryKeThread: Who were the Segeju?

The present-day Segeju live in the coastal strip, between Tanga and the Kenya-Tanzania border.
From findings of various researchers including pioneer missionary Ludwig Krapf, Ali bin Hemedi el-Buhury and E.C. Baker, who authored a publication called Notes On The History Of The Wasegeju, we learn a great deal about this community.
The Segeju speak varieties of both the local Swahili dialect and Digo.
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#HistoryKeThread: The Indian Ocean Battles
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A man who was loathful of the Portuguese and their incursions into the East Coast of Africa, Ali Bey was a Turkish admiral. In 1585, he arrived in Mogadishu in a fleet of several ships.
He touted himself as one who had been sent by the Emperor of Turkey to rid the predominantly Muslim area of Portuguese influence.
Many of the towns in the northern coast of East Africa, such as Mogadishu, Brava, Pate, Faza and Lamu laid down the red carpet for him.
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In this 1982 pic, Kenyan athletes to the Commonwealth Games mingle with the burly frame of Culture & Social Services Minister Stanley Oloitiptip in Brisbane, Australia. Among them is one of Kenya’s most celebrated middle distance runners, Rose Tata Muya (left).
Way before mathematics professor the late Prof. George Saitoti surfaced on the Kajiado political scene, two colossi dominated politics in that county in post-independence Kenya.
They were the late Oloitiptip, who, according to some sources, was wont to feast on a whole goat by himself, and the late John Keen.
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#HistoryKeThread: Wakamba Nation, Rites, Origins of Names

Several times previously, we have referred to names of towns or neighbourhoods e.g. Kajiado, Ruaraka, Msongari and even the country we call Kenya, that were coined from indigenous names that Europeans couldn’t pronounce.
Machakos, too, is such. It was a British mispronunciation of the name “Masaku wa Musya.“
Masaku, was what the Kamba referred to as a mûthani or seer. He was famous for his ability to predict rainfall. He lived near the site of what became the earliest major British administrative center in upcountry Kenya: Fort Machakos.
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#HistoryKeThread Strong In the Wind: The Life Of Beryl Markham
In the early 1900s, authorities in Great Britain and estate agents went overboard in their promotion to British citizenry of the prospects of settling and taking up vast fertile farmlands in one of their latest British Empire trophies: British East Africa.
Some of those who were caught by the settler bug were well-off members of the bourgeoisie. Others, finding life to be a bit hard in Britain, decided to chance onto the opportunity in the hope that they would make it big in “the dark continent”.
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#HistoryKeThread Are The Okiek By Another Name The Dorobo?

A traditional hut of the Mau Okiek.
Among Kenya’s smaller ethnic groups are the Okiek, a community that lived by hunting game, gathering and trading honey, and whose language goes by the same name.
They are arguably our most famous hunter-gatherer community. They live or lived in recluse, and at the dawn of the 20th century, were found in settlements in different parts of the country.
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#HistoryKeThread: Samuel Muindi Mbingu Wasn’t A Road

Towards the end of 1937, the Ukamba Members Association (UMA) was formed to fight for land rights of the Akamba.
Its founders, who included Samuel Muindi Mbingu, Elijah Kavula, Isaac Mwalonzi and Simon Kioko, hailed from Ngelani, Mitaboni and Matungulu areas of greater Ukambani. They had received local education and served as civil servants in the colonial government.
Early in 1938, the Kikuyu Central Association introduced their Asian lawyer, Madan, to UMA so he could help present the Akamba's land grievances to the colonial authorities.
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#HistoryKeThread In Mzee Kenyatta’s sunset days, there was a daring cabal of powerful individuals who were determined to stop his Vice President Moi from taking over the reins of leadership.
Indeed, these vey leaders in September of 1976 played host to a large anti-Moi political rally in Nakuru. During the rally, speaker after speaker called for the Constitution to be changed.
They wanted provisions that made it possible for the Vice President to automatically take over the presidency repealed.

Of course, the focus was on Moi. The Change-The-Constitution movement was scheming to scuttle Moi’s automatic succession.
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#HistoryKeThread: In 1923, Capt. R.L. Stanley wrote the following about the Kavirondo (Luo):
“The Wa-Kavirondo with its many branches is a populous tribe and inhabited a large territory roughly to the north and south of the Kavirondo Gulf inthe Victoria Nyanza, the area to the north extending to the slopes of Mount Elgon and to the south to what was the German border.
The tribe is remarkable for the fact that men and women do not wear clothing; adopting the nude totally, except in centres like Kisumu where the merest apology for dress is adopted in the form of a loincloth made from americani (cotton cloth).
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#HistoryKeThread After Britain and Oman had signed the Moresby Treaty in 1822, two British ships under the command of Captain William Fitzwilliam Wentworth Owen were dispatched to the Indian Ocean to survey the East African coast and Arabia.
The captain's mandate was to monitor and stamp out any slave trade activity in the region. Owen was a man so fervently committed to the cause of ridding the world of slavery that he sailed to Muscat on his ship, HMS Leven, to harangue Seyyid Said about the horrors of slave trade.
The other ship under his command, HMS Barracouda, paid a visit to Mombasa to stock up on supplies. The Barracouda sailed into Mombasa harbour on December 4th 1823.
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#HistoryKeTrivia #HistoryKeThread Many of you will know that the East African Standard is Kenya’s oldest newspaper, having been founded in 1902.
In those early 20th century years, there were also less known but fairly well acclaimed weeklies. We can tell you of two, both of which were interestingly founded not by Britons but Americans.
Globetrotter was one of them. Its founder and editor was one David Garrick Longworth.
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#HistoryKeThread: Then British Governor of British East Africa, Col. Sir James Hayes Sadler (2nd right), rides the train from Mombasa with his guest, Sir Winston Churchill (r), then Secretary of the Colonies, in 1907.
Sir Churchill, 33, had just begun his tour of East Africa.
The visit was a morale booster somewhat for Sadler, who months back had faced calls from right wing settlers to resign from office.
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#HistoryKeThread When Vasco da Gama Came Calling
Just around early March in 1498, Portuguese sailors led by Vasco da Gama sailed north from the Cape of Good Hope.

It is recorded by Portuguese historians that as they did so, they bullied any boats they came across, something that blotted the visitors’ image to locals.
Indeed, word of the Portuguese bad manners spread across the East African coast. In fact, by the time the Portuguese landed in Mombasa on Saturday 7th April 1498, they were considered hostile visitors.
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#HistoryKeThread: It is pointing out a few things regarding Mwariama as seen on this video.
A few people on my FB page have concluded that Mwariama was “possessed”, or was high on weed or something of the sort.

I will not pretend I know the reason why Mwariama in this clip has an uncanny stare like that of a possessed man.

However.....
....many Mau Mau fighters emerged from the forest along with their adaptations. Having been used to the dark in the forest, many would stare with their eyes wide open as a result of adaptation.
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#HistoryKeThread: Mzee's Life In England

This is a note that Mzee Jomo Kenyatta wrote whilst living in England to dedicate his book, My People of Kikuyu, to his landlord, Mr. A.G. Linfield.
Mr. Linfield is seen here (left) with Mzee when he paid his former tenant a visit at State House, Nairobi, in 1965.
Although there isn’t much recorded about Mzee Kenyatta’s life in England, where he lived, studied and worked for much of the period between 1929 and 1946, we will attempt to give a peek at his time in that country.
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#HistoryKeThread: I’ll tell you a few things about these pictures.

They are 1940s photos of a girls’ school, Loreto Convent Lumbwa (Kipkelion), which was run by Loreto catholic sisters from Msongari in Nairobi.
See, when World War 2 broke out, the colonial authorities wanted the grounds and buildings of Loreto Convent Msongari School, Nairobi, be occupied by the British army’s Women Service Corps.
And so the school administrators were asked to look for alternative grounds for their school. These they found more than 120 miles away, at Lumbwa. Majority of the exclusively white students at Msongari were therefore moved to Lumbwa for the duration of the war.
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#HistoryKeThread: Ronald Gideon Ngala
On Christmas Day in 1972, the country was shocked to learn of the death via a road crash of the Minister for Power and Communications, Hon. Ronald Gideon Ngala.
Mr. Ngala had thirteen days earlier, on 12th December 1972, been involved in a road accident near Konza. His official car rolled as he was being driven to Mombasa from Nairobi following festivities to mark Jamhuri Day.
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#HistoryKeThread: Traditional ornaments of the Agîkûyû.
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Older men of the Agîkûyû community cut their hair short at a certain stage of growth, whilst young girls left a circular-like patch of hair on the top of their heads.
The men wore a piece of goat skin fastened on the right shoulder. They also wore a heart-shaped bit of leather that hung down the back, suspended by a thin string worn around the neck. This piece of leather was turned up to protect the head when it rained.
The women on the other hand wore an apron of tanned and dressed goatskin fastened around the waist, and which dropped down the length of their thighs.
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#HistoryKeThread: The Making of Kenya In Berlin

In October of 1886, European powers Britain and Germany sat down in Berlin to sign the Anglo-German Agreement. A subsequent ratification was done in 1890 and became known as the Heligoland treaty.
Ahead of this Berlin meeting, the Germans had signed up a number of treaties with various inland communities around Mt. Kilimanjaro, and even as far as Witu (Lamu mainland), whose fort is seen in the background of this photo.
These were areas that were generally considered to be under the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash, whom they ignored.
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#HistoryKeThread When The Concorde Called On The Home Of The Pride
In 1988, British Airway and Air France staged commemorative flights around the world on Concorde jets.
Nairobi was one of the stops of the 23-day around-the-world tour. The Kenyan government, intending to make hay out of the tour, laid down the red carpet for the passengers, who had each forked out up to $26,000 for the world tour tickets.
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