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Monuments: The Tom Mboya Monument

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Barely six months after its unveiling, this monument became and has since remained one of the most popular points for visitation in Nairobi, Kenya. The Tom Mboya Monument, is a statue that stands not below ten metres from the ground. Located along the Moi Avenue, this monument was constructed in 2011 in honour of Kenyan minister, Tom Mboya, who was assassinated in 1969 and it stands within the distance of twenty metres from the point where the assassination occurred.

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Mboya was among the most forestanding people in Kenya’s battle for independence, and he took control of patriotic opposition to the British regime when a large number of its leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, were locked up. He turned into the minister for justice in the post independence Kenyatta government and was the minister for economics around the time of his assassination. The flamingos at the base of the figure represents his setting up the Airlift Africa venture, which was a way-through that helped East African people study in the United States. President Barack Obama’s father had been one of the influential Airlift supporters.

For his remarkable trend-setting activities, this statue stands as a daily reminder of an activist and a truly admirable political reformist and person.


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