ISBN 9789966251114
Pages 72
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2002
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee

by Zarina Patel

This series of biographies of some of the key-players in Kenya's modern history describes their individual roles and importance in historical context; and illustrates widely, and to a general readership, their contributions to the historical process, which may be little known outside Kenya. Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee was born in Pakistan in 1856, and went to East Africa in 1890. He was a pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist in Kenya, building the Jeevanje Gardens, and most of Nairobi when the city was a sprawling township. He provided many services to the Colonial Government; but grew to challenge the settler regime in search for greater equity and equality of opportunity, for Indians and eventually all Kenyans. He developed the East Africa Indian National Congress, and so laid the foundations for an organised anti-colonial movement.

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About the Author

Zarina Patel

Zarina Patel is a writer, artist, human rights and race relations activist, environmentalist and campaigner for social justice. Her role is saving the Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi from bulldozing and privatisation provided the inspiration for this book. She is a leading authority on Kenyan South Asian history, and editor of the journal Awaaz, which focuses on South Asian history and culture in the national context.

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