Celebrations of Madaraka Day and Book Launch in St. Louis


Madarak Day Celebrations. Mr. Kirika signing the book for Mr. Tony

The weekend of June 14th was marked as the Jamhuri Day by the Kenyans in the state Missouri-St. Louis when the Kenyans of all walks of life met at JKF community Centre to commemorate in style, the first year after Golden Jubilee. It was the first time such an event was held where pastors, elders, workers and businessmen participated some adorned with traditional ligalia and ready to hear of gains earned since independence. Kenyan National Anthem was played with standing ovation. The children enjoyed their favourite face paintings, enjoyed music, dance and a taste of African delicacies. The guest speaker was Mr. Boniface Gitau of New Vision Publishing Services who lives in Ohio. In his speech he talked about social, economic and philanthropy opportunities in Kenya.   When many Kenyans are complaining about poverty, insecurity and unemployment, others are busy creating big fortunes in Kenya.

“Recent documentary on real estate shows that Nairobi and Mombasa are among the top cities in the world leading in real estate growth. Research also shows that there are many foreign investors in real estate in Kenya than in previous years” said Mr. Boniface. He challenged Kenyans in Diaspora to focus in making a difference in Kenya by initiating projects focusing in Education, healthcare and community empowerment Kenyans witnessed the launching of a book by a Kenyan author Samuel G. kirika, titled “Kenya before the Golden Jubilee” which narrates the history of Kenya since the first millennium. It gives a chronological order of events as they happened including the Colonial Governors who ruled at the dates when such events took place.  Of interest is how Kenyans governed themselves even before the Imperial British Government acquired the colony after the Berlin Conference of 1885.  Kenya had local and tribal governments, constitutions, courts and legal processes which determined cases after strenuous hearing and though there were no prisons to jail culprits, due process to determine the disputes was done by council of elders whose judgements were binding. Tribal armies protected Wananchi and were called upon to defend the latter against enemies. The book describes how leadership started from grassroots where the father was considered the president and represents his family in clan meetings, a group of fathers met to elect one of them to represent them at various levels up to national level. The Book narrates the process used to snatch Uhuru from the British Government and by extension the Queen of England. This book is available online at http://www.samuelkirika.com/ for only $23 per copy.


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