After Mijikenda artefacts, Nairobi must now act to protect its own heritage

The memorial to African soldiers and carriers who fought in the First World War, on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi on January 08, 2013. PHOTO: DENISH OCHIENG /NATION

What you need to know:

  • In contrast to the attention given to the anniversary of the Great War in Britain, there has been little coverage of the forthcoming centenary in the Kenyan media.
  • What has been written has been mainly about the possibilities for battlefield tourism in Voi and Taveta by British and German visitors.
  • Given the apparent enthusiasm for the city’s heritage demonstrated by the delegation’s journey to Denver, perhaps attention could turn, on their return, to other ways of protecting and marking Nairobi’s past.

After the row this week about the Nairobi County Assembly delegation’s visit to Denver, Colorado to collect Mijikenda artefacts, one does not need to belabour the point about the past being a matter of present-day importance.


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