Gerald Gikonyo Kanyuria, 104 years old, is the first Kenyan man to own a car. Gikonyo was the first man to proudly drive an Austin. He bought the car with his friend. The Austin cost him 300 Kenya shillings. Considering that Gerald's salary per month was 4 shillings, then that was vast fortune. In his days, 4 shillings was a lot of money and it is the equivalent of making a six figured salary at this century.
Before moving on to greener pastures, Gerald was working at Mathari Catholic coffee plantation. At the plantation he was a casual laborer. To supplement his earnings, he bought goats from his savings. During this time, he got a job with Kenya Cooperative union that paid him 20 Kenya shillings.
Currently Gerald is a respected business man who has interests in real estate. Gerald was married 4 times and 3 of his wives had passed on. He has 23 children and many grandchildren in different parts of the country, Kenya.
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