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Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 14:36 EATmmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
From revolutionary youth to respected educational leader of a nation. That’s the path of Joseph Gikubu, as traced in a new educational biography.
University of Kansas Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies Peter Ojiambo’s new book is titled “Kenyan Youth Education in Colonial and Post-Colonial Times: Joseph Kamiru Gikubu’s Impact” (Palgrave Macmillan).
In it, Ojiambo recounts the history of the Starehe Boys Boys Centre and School, from its roots in a detention camp for Mau Mau rebel youth to its current status as one of Kenya’s top private schools for boys.
Along the way, Ojiambo writes, Gikubu and his colleagues provided figurative soldiers for the “army of development” that helped build the independent Kenyan nation.