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When he passed away in 1925, his wish to be buried at the summit of Ol Donyo Sabuk was unfulfilled. S. national or British subject,47 yet another metaphor symbolizing the complicated paternity of the colony. The Nairobi authorities were nervous about this. 48 After various palpitations and an “urgent enquiry by His Excellency the Governor,” the colonial authorities “could not reconcile the opinion” that “the deceased never lost his American domicile . ”49 This was no tiny matter since the colony recognized the “great uneasiness” that was “being caused in financial circles in London and here” about this estate’s disposition.
His spouse was tough and skinny with untidy and untamed wispy hair. Plowing 1200 acres that once had belonged to Africans, he invested heavily in the production of maize. S. roots who invested in the other common crop—sisal—were indebted to this former North American colony in that the Germans had brought it from Florida in 1893. S. nationals—he apparently did not have a hand in another Kenyan dispossession, that is, that of wildlife. For it was in the early aftermath of the Great War that a process was discovered in the United States for tanning zebra hides, which then became saleable instead of worthless, as had been the case previously.
This demarche may have been prompted by a letter sent to Garvey by Harry Thuku, born in Kenya in 1895 who was at the center of one of the early revolts against settler colonialism. R. James, that it was in “1921 [that] Kenya nationalists unable to read would gather around a reader of Garvey’s newspaper,” and “listen to an article two or three times. ’ ”56 Thuku stressed that he “cooperated very closely with the AIM . ” He also collaborated with the “Gospel Missionaries from the Northern States of America, while the AIM seemed to come from the South” since they “would not discuss any matter of policy with Africans .