Jomo Kenyatta BY Rachel Duford

Hello my fellow countrymen, my name is Jomo Kenyatta and I'm here to tell you my story. I was born in 1891 and I adopted my name in the 1920's, it's Swahili for "light of Kenya." I am widely seen as the founding father of the nation. I am a strong nationalist African Union leader. I am for nationalism. I've spent most of my life campaigning for Kenya's independence. I've wanted independence just like the other Africans (my fellow countrymen) and Asians did. I wanted independence because I feel that we, myself and my fellow inhabitants are dominated by a handful of others who refuse to be just and Kenya is the African's land so we shouldn't worry about other foreign races in our country with us ruling over us. We want the children of Kenya to grow up in prosperity.
Other reasons why Africans wanted independence is because the taxes were overpriced and their were women's unequal rights to men. The journey to the right to rule for Kenya was dramatically different than that of Ghana because Ghana gained independence by Kwame Nkrumah using civil disobedience and passive resistance. I began my movement using passive resistance because I dislike colonialism but Great Britain refused to end its imperialization of Kenya so my efforts costed me to be imprisoned for guerilla warfare. I was imprisoned for 7 years. I was then convicted in a trial of being a member of the rebel Mau Mau group by the British colonists in Kenya. I kept up my fight and the Mau Mau group used violent means to force out European settlers resisted British troops until Great Britain released me in 1960.
I finally led my country to independence in 1963 achieving my goal as well as the Africans goal. I became prime minister of a free Kenya and I was made president in and I have remained in office since. The Asians wanted independence because the fight against the Nazis deepened Asians' desire for independence during World War II and they believed that colonial rulers could be defeated. Japan occupied all of Southeast Asia, driving out the European imperialistic powers. After the war, local nationalist leaders expected to achieve independence and they did. Great Britain granted both Burma and Malaysia their independence in 1948. In some places, independence was granted peacefully but others, it was only achieved through warfare. Now my fellow countrymen you can see that we achieved independence through your help and devotion and now we don't have to worry about those foreign powers.


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