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Meet The Four Wives Of Jomo Kenyatta And Their Children

Unknown to many Kenyans, Uhuru’s father was married to four wives with whom he had a total of 8 children. 

1. Grace Wahu

In 1919, Jomo Kenyatta met and married his first wife Grace Wahu, according to Kikuyu tradition.

When it became apparent that Grace was pregnant, his church elders ordered him to get married before a European magistrate, and also undertake the appropriate church rites.

On November 20, 1922 Kenyatta’s first son, Peter Muigai, was born (he died in 1979).

Peter became an Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Margaret served as Mayor of Nairobi (1970–76) and then as Kenya's Ambassador to the United Nations (1976–86). 

In 1929, Kenyatta had another child, a daughter, Margaret Kenyatta (she died in 2017). 

Grace Wahu died in April 2007 at the age of 107.

2. EdnaClarke

Kenyata married his second wife, Edna Clarke on May 11, 1942, at the Chanctonbury registry office at Storrington in Sussex.

Mzee was an agricultural labourer in England, earning £4 a week when the two met.

He had his second born son, Peter Magana with Clarke on August 11, 1944.

Kenyatta left Edna in England when he returned to Kenya in 1946 to join the nationalist struggle.

Clarke died in 1995 at the age of 86. Magana lives in London after retiring from BBC after working as a producer.

3. Grace Wanjiku

Kenyatta married his third wife, Grace Wanjiku, in 1946. 

She was the daughter of Senior Chief Koinange and sister to Mbiyu Koinange.

She died when giving birth in 1951. Their daughter Jane Makena Wambui also known as Jeni survived. 

Jeni Makena Gecaga Kenyatta is the mother to Soiya Gecaga, Nana Gecaga, and Jomo Gecaga, who serves as President Uhuru Kenyatta's private secretary.

4. Mama Ngina

His fourth wife, the most known due to her role as First Lady, was Ngina Kenyatta, also known as Mama Ngina. 

She often accompanied him in public, and some streets in Nairobi and Mombasa are named after her. 

She bore Kenyatta four children: Christine Wambui who was born in 1953, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta who was born in 1961, Anna Nyokabi Muthama Kenyatta who was born in May 1963, Muhoho Kenyatta born in 1965. Mama Ngina lives quietly as a wealthy widow in Kenya.

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