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The Muorias In Kenya: ‘A Very Long Chain.’ An Essay In Family Biography

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In September 1952 Henry Muoria (19141997), a Kenyan newspaper owner, journalist and writer, travelled to London on what was meant to be a visit. Mumenyereri was one of a group of nationalist papers, and because of its regular appearance and well-established network, especially in southern Kikuyuland, it was influential as a platform for Kikuyu and broader nationalist sentiment and closely watched by the authorities. This chapter focuses on a history of the Kenyan branch of the Muoria family, beginning with Henry Muoria himself and continuing with those who were left behind when he travelled, Muoria was one of a very small number of African children in the British Kenya Colony who was in a position to seize the chance of entering the world of reading and writing, and he was able to do so only after overcoming resistance from his surroundings.

Keywords: British Kenya colony; Henry Muoria; Mumenyereri; southern Kikuyuland

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