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
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