Going down history on roads of Nairobi

Alfayo Onyango @PeopleDailyKe

As Kenyans mark the 55th year of self rule, few of those who walk the streets of Nairobi give regard to the monumental honour of some of the Independence struggle heroes whose names stand on several junctions in the city.

A walk around Nairobi is a silent history book of sorts that venerates some names of people who played a key role in the making of Kenya.

I start my city excursion on Kenyatta Avenue, named after the first President Jomo Kenyatta. Originally, it was called Sixty Avenue.

Four streets branch out of Kenyatta Avenue namely — Muindi Mbingu, Koinange, Wabera and Kimathi.

Samuel Muindi Mbingu led a revolt march against the British legislation that imposed a cattle de-stocking policy and died in 1953.

Mau Mau Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi is honoured with a statue on a street named after him for his combative efforts to end colonialism. In pursuit of independence during the State of Emergency in the 1950s, he was captured and hanged in 1957.

Daudi Dabasso Wabera had his place in Kenya’s history for being a charismatic leader.

And yonder is Tom Mboya Street, one of the CBD’s longest roads named after Trade Unionist and former Minister of Planning who was assassinated in 1969.

A few metres away is Mama Ngina Street, formerly known as Queensway, honouring Kenya’s First Lady.

Other famous streets are Ronald Ngala,  James Gichuru, Waiyaki Way, and Wangare Maathai Road, recently converted from Forest Road to celebrate Kenya’s only Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

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