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Political figures who discarded their colonial names for their roots

21 September 2016, 20:59

Nairobi – Names in African culture define ones destiny, brand and ideological stand.

According to The Kenyans Africans who were influenced by colonialism were made to have English names., however for those stepping into the political spotlight these English names are becoming a thing of the past.

Here is a list of six political leaders who have highlighted their cultural names:

1. Joshua Miguna Miguna

Mostly only those who have read his book will know. In 1997, Miguna legally abandoned Joshua and is simply referred to Miguna Miguna.

2. Prof Abraham Kithure Kindiki

Born in 1973 to a Methodist Cleric, Kindiki is the Senator for Tharaka Nithi county.

3. Vincent Kiraitu Murungi

Born in 1952, the Meru Senator is one of Kenya’s longest serving legislators having been an MP for more than 20 years.

4. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Born James Ngugi in Limuru, this internationally acclaimed writer has spent his life fighting for the pride of African heritage.

5. Godfrey Mutahi Ngunyi

He is not a politician but he is a prominent figure in Kenyan politics.

Read how he narrates the source of his name, “when I was young, my mother got me baptised. She called me Godfrey. I got this name because she had post-natal depression. She was only 27 and I was her seventh child….To punish me, therefore, she called me Godfrey! A bad English name. Whenever she gave me this story, she laughed and teased. I knew she was joking.

6. Kabando wa Kabando

The Mukurweini MP was born Godfrey Mwangi Kariuki before he changed his name in 2000.

He explains his name change, "I had been given my maternal grandfather’s name, but I wanted to emphasise Kabando, my paternal grandfather’s name".

- News24

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