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Interview with Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor, International African Institute, London August 19, 2020 – Posted in: Author Interviews

Alice Wairimū Nderitū is an author, columnist (The EastAfrican) ethnic relations educator and mediator of armed conflict. She authored Beyond Ethnicism: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Diversity for Educators, approved by the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development for Teacher Training Colleges; Kenya: Bridging Ethnic Divides, A Commissioner’s experience on Cohesion and Integration and, Mũkami Kĩmathi: Mau Mau Woman Freedom Fighter, an authorized biography. Alice was named 2012 Woman Peace Maker of the Year by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego; 2014…

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Details of Dedan Kimathi’s last moments August 18, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s name has allocated itself a spot in the list of the people who played the biggest role in handing Kenya her independence. Is there a story unfolding in your community? Let Hivisasa know The freedom icon would later be captured by colonialist forces led by Ian Henderson, a local Special Branch member, in the open country of the Kikuyu reserve and sentenced to death soon after. On February 17, 1956, Kimathi…

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Mũkami Kĩmathi, Mau Mau Freedom Fighter – How Kenyatta and Odinga vied for Mau Mau vote – Posted in: Review

For millions of Kenyans, yesterday was just another Sunday. But for Mukami Kimathi and the remnants of the Mau Mau movement that waged the war for independence in the 1950s, it was a special day. Unbeknown to many Kenyans, February 18 marked the day the icon of the independence struggle, Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, was executed by the colonial government for his role in the Mau Mau war. Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of Kimathi’s…

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Mukami Kimathi’s story lends voice to women freedom fighters – Posted in: Thoughts

In 1964, a newly independent Kenya was facing the uphill task of reconstructing herself into an African State. That reconstruction was called “Africanisation”. As part of the Africanisation policy, my father, Vincent Nderitu, was posted to Sasumua Dam in Kinangop to take over from the British superintendents who were leaving the country. Not long after he had arrived, he asked the foreman, Harun Musungu, to fifind out where he could buy milk. That was how…

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Kenya: Bridging Ethnic Divides – NCIC does more work than what comes to surface – Posted in: Uncategorized

A month ago I was privileged to attend the launch of Alice Wairimu Nderitu’s book on national cohesion and integration, Kenya, Bridging Ethnic Divides. Ms Nderitu was a founding Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), and before and since she has enjoyed a distinguished career promoting the cause of cohesion and integration, in Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere. The chief guest at the launch was Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary for the…

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Kenya: Bridging Ethnic Divides, A Commissioners Experience on Cohesion and Integration – Posted in: Review

What you need to know: Quite often, a difficult, painful, or frustrating day or task such as mediating ethnic conflict can be redeemed by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. There are significant insights one gets from reading Alice Nderitu’s book, Kenya, Bridging Ethnic Divides; A Commissioner’s Experience on Cohesion and Integration. Writing is a true spiritual discipline: Writing can help…

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