1978 - Fighting your entire life for something you believe in might be a difficult course to maintain, but if your intentions are true and will help others, you might just succeed. This goes for Jomo Kenyatta, who wanted nothing more than to free his country from the British rule and make Kenya an independent republic. On the 22nd of August in 1978, the first Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta passed away.
Jomo Kenyatta was a true inspiration with the right intentions. His name means something like ‘the burning spear of Kenya' and he fiercely fought alongside the KANU, the Kenya African National Union, for the independency of his country, which was one of the British Empire’s colonies.
Jomo’s ideas and leadership were welcomed wholeheartedly and he steadily gained more fame and support, but he had a few ordeals go through before he got to accomplish his great goal.
In 1952, Kenyatta got imprisoned because he was suspected of initiating the anti-colonial Mau Mau Uprising. He got locked up for 7 years, but this only strengthened his reputation. Upon his return, he became the leader of the KANU and Kenya achieved independency. Jomo ‘The burning spear of Kenya' became the first President of Kenya, and although his light went out, he will always have a warm place in many people’s hearts.
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