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1987 Fourth All Africa Games Football Squad

We look back to the golden era of the Kenya National football team. At the 1987 4th All Africa Games, the team overcame low expectations to reach the finals where Kenya narrowly lost to Egypt. In fact, 1987 turned out to be a great year for Kenya Football at both the national and club levels.

Dervish (Daraawiish) Soldiers fighting Colonial Soldiers
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Resistance to British Rule by the Somali

In the early 1900s the Somali people mounted resistance against the British, Italians and Menelik II of Ethiopia before the Italians and the British partitioned Somaliland for themselves. In the 1940’s local branches of the Somalia Youth League ensured continuous resistance to colonial occupation and rule.

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Makhan Singh: Trade Unionist

Makhan Singh (1913-1973) was a trade unionist who formed Kenya’s first trade union in 1935, the Labour Trade Union of Kenya. He spent a total of 16 years behind bars both in India and Kenya for his political activities against the British.

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Patrick Shaw: Hero or Villain?

Loved by his students and hated by criminals in equal measure, Patrick Shaw meted out his form of justice in the streets of Nairobi as a Kenya Police reservist. The debate continues whether this school administrator-by-day and crime-buster-by-night was a hero or a man out of control.

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Mbatiany & The Maasai Golden Era

Mbatiany Ole Supeet was the legendary Oloiboni the Maasai people who presided this office between 1866 and 1890. This period was the apex of Maasai power and influence with the tribe controlling a large expanse of land spanning through Kenya and Tanzania.

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The Kamba Resistance of 1938

In 1938 the colonial government instituted a plan to reduce the the number of cattle owned by the Kamba community as a soil conservation measure. This did not sit well with the community and led to a successful non-violent rebellion and the formation of UKamba Members Association.

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1959 HOLA MASSACRE

The aftermath of the Hola massacre was a turning point for British colonial rule due to the negative publicity and outrage it garnered. The British public would no longer be oblivious to the atrocities of colonial rule.