Today is Uhuru Kenyatta's 61st birthday and he is the fourth president of the country of Kenya. Let's go back and review some fascinating information about the former head of state, Jomo Kenyatta, who served as Kenya's first president from 1964 to 1978.
1. His full name is Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, and in Swahili, "Uhuru" means "Freedom."
2. He participated in rugby for St. Mary's, a Roman Catholic school in Nairobi, where he played winger. Up until the time he departed for Amherst University in the United States, Uhuru attended St. Mary's.
3. Kenyatta returned to Kenya after earning his degree from Amherst and established Wilham Kenya Limited, a company that used to import and export agricultural products.
4. A young Uhuru Kenyatta was a photographer in the village of Gatundu, which must have been a thrilling endeavor in those early days.
5. Moses Mwihia, an architect from Nairobi, defeated him in the 1997 general election when he ran for the Gatundu South Constituency parliamentary seat, which had previously been held by his father.
6. In 1989, he wed Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta (however some other reports state it as 1991). Njuguna Gakuo, a former director of the state-run Kenya Railways Corp., is Margaret's father.
7. Jomo Kenyatta, Ngina Kenyatta, and Jaba Kenyatta are their three children. His name, Uhuru, means "Freedom" in Swahili.
8. KOT has been given a number of nicknames by Kenyans. The two most well-liked wamashati or mtu were Jayden and mashati kalikali (one with bespoken clothing).
He used to go by the moniker Kamwana (young man), but as he approached his 60th birthday, he begged that it be dropped.
9. Uhuru was elected president again in the hotly contested 2017 general elections after taking office as Kenya's fourth president in 2013.
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