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What Should We Do, Our People?

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This chapter discusses the pamphlet of What Should We Do, Our People?, which has been reproduced (with other pamphlets not reprinted here), in English, in Henry Muorias autobiography, I, the Gikuyu and the White Fury. Moreover, Muoria re-worked the pamphlets English-language text in order to make it intelligible to an audience ignorant of Kenyas history. Muoria wrote his pamphlet, the one-hundred page What should we do, Our People? while working on the hottest sector of the railway, down to the Magadi soda works at the bottom of the Rift Valley. Muoria ended his first pamphlet, with a chapter on wealth and its purposes. Jomo Kenyatta could never have contemplated such an enquiry: his romanticised Kikuyu past was one of a merrie equality, without social distinction, with only rare and evasive references to the generous, well-bred, patronage and upright, friendly, clientage by which Kikuyu moralised their unadmitted social differentiation.

Keywords: Henry Muoria; Jomo Kenyatta; Kikuyu



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