Finch Hatton, Denys George b. April 24, 1887 d. May 14, 1931 Folk Figure. He is best remembered for his relationship with the writer Isak Dinesen. His role was played by Robert Redford in the film "Out of Africa." He worked leading safaris for wealthy sportsmen in Kenya. He died in a plane crash. According his wishes, he was buried in Kenya. As his epitaph, Dinesen chose a Greek verse:"Though in death fire be mixed with my dust, yet care I not, for with me now all is well." Later, Denys' brother erected a tall headstone obelisk at the gravesite. The...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Ngong Hills, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenyatta, Jomo b. September 20, 1889 d. June 22, 1978 First president of the Republic of Kenya. Born Kamau wa Ngengi to Kikiyu parents in Ichaweri, British East Africa (now Kenya). He became a political activist, then a politician and eventually the first president of The Republic of Kenya from 1964 to 1978. Died in Mombasa, Kenya of natural causes while on a business trip. (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya Plot: Near Parliament
Kibibi, Ashina d. March 30, 2005 Actress. She produced and acted in the soap opera "Tausi" as well as several other Kenyan television shows. She built on her success as Kenya's most popular actress by exporting her programs to other African nations. She was so popular in Tanzania, that on a recent visit police had a difficult time keeping the thousands of fans gathered to greet her from mobbing her. She was seen as one of Africa's brightest scriptwriters winning acclaim in England and America as well as in Africa. At the age...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Kibibi Family Farm, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Leakey, Nigel Gray [memorial] b. January 1, 1913 d. May 19, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously on November 13, 1945 for his actions as a sergeant in the 1/6 Battalion, 22nd East African Brigade of the Kings African Rifles on May 19, 1941 at Kolito, Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia) during the East Africa Campaign of World War II. Born in Kiganjo, Kenya to British parents, his father was a farmer. He received his secondary education in Kenya and later attended the Bromsgrove School in Bromsgrove, Worcester, England...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) East Africa Memorial, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya Plot: No known grave; name is listed at Column 37
Moore, Montague Shadworth Seymour b. October 9, 1896 d. September 12, 1966 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the 15th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, British Army. On August 20, 1917, at Tower Hamlets, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Moore with 70 men, volunteered to make an attack on a German position. They were met with heavy opposition and when he arrived at his objective he had only one Sergeant and four men. Second Lieutenant Moore at once bombed a large dug-out, taking 28 prisoners, two machine-guns and a light field-gun...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Langata Crematorium, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Otunga, Cardinal. Maurice Michael b. January, 1923 d. September 6, 2003 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a traditional paramount chief of the Bakhone tribe who had about seventy women recognized as true wives, Maurice Michael Otunga converted to Catholicism in 1935, being baptized in 1935. His parents eventually were likewise baptized three decades later. Receiving his first education at the Mill Hill schools of Kibabii and Sijei, he later frequented the Holy Ghost schools of Kabaa and Mangu. Entering St. Peter the Apostle's Minor Seminary of Mukumu, he moved to...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Karen's Resurrection Gardens, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya Plot: Cardinal Otunga Chapel.
Wanglia, Robert b. September 3, 1967 d. July 28, 1994 Boxer. He was a welterweight boxer with a record of 22 wins and 5 loses with 16 of those wins coming by way of a knockout. On July 22 1994, he was TKO's by David Gonzalez in the 7th round. He suffered a severe brain injury during the fight and died from that injury 6 days later (Bio by: Erik Lander) Kariokor Muslim Cemetery, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya