Adamson, George b. February 3, 1906 d. August 20, 1989 Scientist. Born in Etawah, then British India, to Harry and Katherine Adamson. As a youth George attended a boarding school in England. He first visited Kenya in 1924. After a series of jobs, which included time as a gold prospector, goat trader, and professional safari hunter, he joined Kenya's game department in 1938 and was Senior Game Warden of the Northern Frontier District. Six years later, he married Joy. It was in 1956 that he raised the lioness cub, Elsa, who became the subject of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) George Adamson Gravesite, Kora National Park, Tana River, Kenya Plot: Cremated, ashes interred next to the grave of Boy The Lion
Adamson, Joy b. January 20, 1910 d. January 3, 1980 Scientist, Author and conservationist. Born to Victor and Traute Gessner in Troppau, Silesia, Austria-Hungary now known as Opava, Czech Republic, the second of three daughters.She studied piano and the arts, among other subjects, in school. Joy came to Kenya, then a British colony, at 27. She married her third husband, game warden George Adamson, in 1944. In 1956, George shot a lion in self-defense. He discovered that she had only attacked to protect her three cubs. Rescuing the young animals...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Joy Adamson Gravesite, Meru National Park, Meru, Kenya
Baden-Powell (Soames), Olave St. Clair b. February 22, 1889 d. June 19, 1977 Social Reformer. The wife of Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, in 1932, she was invested with the G.B.E., Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She has been called the "Mother of Millions" for her active role in the World Organization of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Born in Chesterfield, England, into a wealthy upper-middle class family whose fortune was built in the brewery business, on the same day as her future husband. In 1908, her friend Sie Bower, who...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Saint Peter's Cemetery, Nyeri, Nyeri, Kenya
Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth b. February 22, 1857 d. January 8, 1941 British Army General, Boy Scouts Movement Founder. Born in London, England, he and his brothers would explore the English countryside, pretending to be sailors, explorers or soldiers. He attended the Charterhouse School, and joined the British Army in 1876, serving in India, Afghanistan, and South Africa. During the Boer War in South Africa (1899 to 1902), he was a Colonel and senior commander of the garrison at Mafeking, when it came under siege for seven months by the Boers. His spirited...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Saint Peter's Cemetery, Nyeri, Nyeri, Kenya
Dartnell, Wilbur Taylor b. April 6, 1885 d. September 3, 1915 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Australia, he served as temporary acting Lieutenant in the 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, British Army. On September 3, 1915, during a mounted infantry engagement at Maktau, Kenya, East Africa, the enemy were so close that it was impossible to get the more severely wounded away. Lieutenant Dartnell, who was himself being carried away wounded, seeing the situation and knowing that the enemy's black troops murdered the wounded, insisted on...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Voi Cemetery, Voi, Taita-Taveta, Kenya Plot: V. B. 1.
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
Lawrence, Brian Turner Tom b. November 9, 1873 d. June 7, 1949 Boer War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the 17th Lancers, British Army. On August 7, 1900, near Essenbosch, South Africa, Sergeant Lawrence and another soldier were attacked by a group of Boers. The other soldier's horse was shot and the man was thrown to the ground, dislocating his shoulder. Sergeant Lawrence at once went to his assistance, put him on his own horse and sent him on to the picket line. He then took the soldier's carbine, with his own as well and kept...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Nakuru Crematorium, Nakuru, Nakuru, 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.
Wamalwa, Michael Kijana b. November 25, 1944 d. August 23, 2003 Kenyan Vice-President. Wamalwa served as the Vice- President of Kenya from January 3, 2003 until his death on August 23, 2003. Wamalwa was born in 1944 in Kitale, Trans-Nzoia District, Rift Valley Province, Kenya, and educated at St. Joseph's Primary School, Chewoyet Secondary School, Stratmore College, King's College, and Cambride University from 1965 to 1968, where he received a Bachelor of Laws Degree. In 1969 he did his Masters of Law Degree at the London School of Economics and was later...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Wamalwa Farm Cemetery, Kitale, Trans Nzoia, Kenya
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