Through My African Eyes
“Through My African Eyes!” is a concise narrative covering some of the major players in 20th century African politics. The book is rich with insights into the personal and intellectual underpinnings of many historical events in Africa.
Chronicles of some pretty interesting Africans from warlords, soldiers, victims and politicians lend insight into Jeff’s celebrated journalistic style.
Through his eyes we are made to understand the role of journalist’s as binders of our social fabric.
“Through My African Eyes” is very informative and quite humorous, utilizing a modern quick precise narrative style. He is able to describe complex global geopolitical issues with incisive analysis. The book surf’s one through the experience with speed and historical accuracy.
We see the visual the words impart, rather than being stuck in prose.The best part is being able to walk the journey informed by a largely Kenyan perspective. Jeff outlines clearly how biased reportage can splinter any society and promote its disintegration by pandering to people’s lowest instincts.
The narrative draws out lesser-known aspects of his life. Jeff’s unblinking examination of his grandfather’s life is historically illuminating and serves as a symbolic bridge between the beginning and the end of colonialism.
Jeff is the first African ever to win a Television Emmy and a George Foster Peabody. He merited the Vernon Jarrett Award as well as the prestigious! ‘Prix Bayeux’ for reportage that arrested global crises.
Published by Footprints Press, Kenya, 2014
Mau Mau’s Misunderstood Leader: Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu
Historians approximate Senior Chief Koinange was born in 1868. He witnessed the arrival of Count Teleki, the first white man in Kikuyu land and was appointed Chief in 1905.
Records state he was the first African to grow coffee, which was uprooted by rival white farmers. This punitive act instigated his initial protest against the British administration. To counter this act of inhumanity he founded the Kikuyu Central Association.
By the 1920’s when incitement by colonial governance heightened he took his people’s grievances to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.Senior Chief Koinange travelled by sea for ….. months, an unparalleled feat in that era.
The trip came to naught. Disgruntled by the reception, Senior Chief Koinange and his peers formed a movement that came to be known as Mau Mau. This entity metamorphosed into a liberation movement for the independence of Kenya.
Branded an insurgent by the administration, in 1952, he was arrested, tried and detained. After nearly nine years in detention, he was finally released, after his family aided by Liberal British parliamentarians engaged in a rigorous lobby and campaign. He died in 1960, three years before independence.
This book authored by his grandson Jeff Mwaura Koinange, is a tribute to the Senior Chief and the martyrs who fought for the liberation of Kenya.
Published by Book Guild Ltd (September 2000)
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Where is Kenya? 50 Years Since Independence
Aspirations of a Generation
Wisdom of the Elders
Jeff Koinange: Through My African Eyes