The day will come when history will speak…Africa will write its history…it will be a history of glory and dignity.” – Patrice Lumumba
This website is part of an ongoing project to document and archive the faces and in part the stories of Kenya’s Mau Mau fighters. Until 2003, these men and women were banned from the freedom of association and many were ostracized in society. A large part of Kenya’s history was silenced for over 40 years.
The Mau Mau came from all parts of Kenya and the project continues, it is hoped that we will recover a pieces to the history that Kenya its freedom on December 12th 1963.
Kenya’s independence would not have come to fruition without the help of Unions, publishers, protesters both in Kenya and the UK, colonial administrators, diplomats and shop keepers. The fighters came from Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Turkana, Narok, Kisumu and Mombasa. Sympathizers and major elements of the war’s success where from different corners of society. There were Kenya of Asian Origin and Kenyans of European Origin. It was Kenyan war.
Kenya is because of those who fought for independence. We are because of them.
This project is in collaboration with the Mukami Kimathi Foundation, which is a non-political establishment. The Mukami Kimathi Foundation seeks to foster peace, empower veterans and to propagate the freedom that was fought for by its founder Elosi Mukami Kimathi, her husband Dedan Kimathi and thousands of other Mau Mau Veterans.