Four African independence leaders who stayed in bed with former colonial masters

Nii Ntreh January 28, 2020
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Jomo Kenyatta. Photo Credit:

Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta was once described as a Kikuuyu man, made of the Victorian values. What Kenyatta embodied was the idea of the Anglicized African man.

Ultimately, this was his self-perception too. What emerged, therefore, was the centering of the self’s image as the blueprint for whatever course an independent Kenya would take.

Kenya was African but would also look like Britain, Kenyatta decided. Although he professed a “non-aligned” position during the Cold War, Kenyatta was quite pro-British.

Kenyatta’s liking for the British even led some commentators to conclude that Britain had exchanged a position of power for that of influence.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: January 28, 2020


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