Jomo Kenyatta: The First President of the Republic of Kenya

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Jomo Kenyatta was the first president of the Republic of Kenya. Born in 1889 in Gatundu Kiambu Kenya, Kenyatta he grew to become one of the African prominent independent leaders. However, his rise into power in the wake of colonization was not a royal road. He was involved in major struggles for independence both in Kenya and other African countries. He managed to acquire education during the times when few Africans were going to school. Kenyatta completed his mission school education in 1912 and became a carpenter. After his initiation which involved physical circumcision as per the Kikuyu culture, he became a renowned person among his people. He was later baptised at the Scotland mission church. His name was changed from John Peter Kamau…show more content…
During this time, Kenyatta was sent to London to represent his party in discussions regarding colonial administration. However, the secretary of the colonies did not recognize him and refused to meet him. While in Britain, he wrote a number of letters including The Times which highlighted some of the key issues of his party and people . The letter included the following; the demand to security of land tenure and return of the land that British settlers had taken, increased education opportunities for Africans, include black Africans representatives in the legislative council, Africans be allowed to practice their traditional customers as well as he repealed the removal of hut and pool taxes that had been enacted by the European settlers. Kenyatta also warned the British authorities that the failure to act would have disastrous results. Having set his agenda to the international community, he returned to Kenya in 1930. However, among the five requests he had submitted to the British colony, only one regarding education opportunities for Africans was satisfied .
In less than a year, Kenyatta went back to Britain to represent KCA in a parliamentary commission and as was the case in the previous arrangement, he was ignored. This time, he did not return to Kenya immediately, but went to Birmingham and enrolled in one of the local colleges. As the facet would have it, he stayed away from Kenya for 15 years. He completed his course and went back to London in
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