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Speech on Madaraka Day by President Jomo Kenyatta on June 1, 1965

Jomo Kenyatta


His Excellency, Jomo Kenyatta's speech on Madaraka Day on June 1, 1965. Madaraka is a Swahili word for power. Madaraka day is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on the 1st day of the month of June every year, to commemorate the attainment of Kenya’s internal self-rule from the British colonial powers, in the year 1963. This day is recognized in Article 8 of the 2010 constitution of Kenya, as one of national holidays. This day is very unique in the Kenyan calendar, as it serves as a reminder to the citizens of the immense and relentless sacrifices made by selfless compatriots, in the struggle for self-governance. Madaraka day celebrations are full of pomp and color, often featuring entertainment from musicians, comedians, dancers and military parades by the Kenyan armed forces. The main highlight of the celebration is the Presidential Speech which is delivered to the nation by the Head of State.

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ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness. ISSN: 1543-0855 (online).
Editor: Dr. Darlene V. Russell.

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