Correcting ‘big lie' about Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins in Kilifi. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • I was deeply bothered and angered by a recurring instance during my travels in Kenya: the attribution of Kenya’s Swahili ruins to the Arabs and the presentation of native black Kenyans as passive participants in what is one of the most defining heritages and cultural markers of East Africa and the continent as a whole.

  • Tour guides at Gedi even went so far as to tell me that the only influence black Kenyans had in the history of Gedi and other Swahili city-states were as slaves and that is because they, in his own words, “were not strong people”.

I recently visited your beautiful country from June 16 to June 28. I loved every minute of it! There are no words to articulate the impact of the motley of experiences I had.

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