TBT: Iconic Photos of Kenya’s Rich History

An undated image of Former presidents, Jomo Kenyatta (left), Mwai Kibaki and Panafricanist Tom Mboya.
  • Some major events in Kenya’s history laid the foundation for the developments we enjoy today as a nation. A few examples of these events are documented as follows:

    Former presidents, Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki and Pan-africanist Tom Mboya celebrate the 1963 KANU general elections victory.

    Elections were held between 18 May and 26 May 1963, Kanu won 83 out of 124 seats in the house of representatives and 18 out of 38 seats in the senate.

     Five seats in the House and three in the Senate remained unfilled due to a secessionist conflict on the border with Somalia.

    An undated image of Former presidents, Jomo Kenyatta (left), Mwai Kibaki and Panafricanist Tom Mboya.
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    First-ever passenger train leaves Kilindini harbour to Voi, 02/04/1898

    This was a metre gauge railway established to connect the interiors of Uganda and Kenya with the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa in Kenya by the British.

    To date it is run and maintained by the Kenya Railways Corporation in conjunction with the Uganda Railways Corporation.

    A metre gauge railway leaving the Kilindini harbour in 1898
    A metre gauge railway leaving the Kilindini harbour in 1898
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    A Kenyan Driving licence, 1927

    This is how the first generation copy of diving licenses looked. 94 years later, Kenyans are shifting to digitized driving licences. The first generation driving licences did not even have an image of the holder, just the name was enough.

    The first generation copy of driving licenses
    The first generation copy of driving licenses
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    First District Officers’ Office and Courthouse in Nairobi, 1900

    In order to oversee the colony and adjudicate legal matters, the British set up this administrative office and courthouse in Nairobi to discharge administration functions.  The District Officers at this time exclusively British.

    The first District Officers’ Office and Courthouse in Nairobi.
    The first District Officers’ Office and Courthouse in Nairobi.
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    Traffic police,1940

    Police wore shorts during this era and they had to stand on raised platforms in the middle of major roads to control traffic. They were essential the traffic lights of the time.

    A traffic police officer in the 1940s era.
    A traffic police officer in the 1940s era.
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    Indian soldiers Guarding the railway, circa 1915

    Tsavo had become a place of terror for workers who built and maintained the railway because of the lions that developed a taste for human flesh. Armed guards had to be deployed for the workers’ protection. 

    An undated image of Indian soldiers guarding the railway
    An undated image of Indian soldiers guarding the railway
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    Jevanjee gardens 1910, formally Victoria gardens

    Donated to Residents of Nairobi by Alibhai Mullah Jevanjee in 1906, this land has been subject to controversy in the past when Nairobi city council attempted to render it extinct by planning to develop the 5-acre tract of land. The park was private property and it is held in trust for the people of Nairobi.

    Jevanjee gardens formally Victoria gardens
    Jevanjee gardens formally Victoria gardens
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    Detention Camp,1954

    A file image of a detention Camp in 1954.
    A file image of a detention Camp in 1954.
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    These camps were meant to hold MAU MAU collaborators as rehabilitation centres. The freedom fighters were, however, subjected to harrowing torture by the British colonial authorities.

    First Printing press,1928

    An image of the first Printing press in 1928
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    An image of the first Printing press in 1928

    First Printing Press in Kisumu was owned by Vithalji Harji Jobanputra in 1928.

    Kavirondo men communally enjoying a traditional brew

    Undated image of Kavirondo men communally enjoying traditional brew
    Undated image of Kavirondo men communally enjoying traditional brew
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    Drinks were brewed at the villages and shared among revellers. The drink would be served in a communal pot and those imbibing would sip it through their individual straws.

  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM