The book “Facing Mount Kenya” written by Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta was used as the key anthropological thesis on which the culture of the Kikuyu tribe gains much of its insights. This running commentary contends that in reality, Facing Mount Kenya was used to wipe out and conceal the real histories of the Kikuyu’s and their true relationship with all the tribe-peoples of Kenya—including the Maasai Kingdom.

This commentary also corrects a valid historical error regarding the true lineage of the Kikuyu and addresses The Elephant In The Room – the authoress states steadfastly that the Kikuyu peoples were a formidable, wealthy, warlike nation led by the 10 daughters of Mumbi – the Kikuyu were a strong, military Matrilineal Society. Of this, there is ample evidence. They were also matriarchal and Kikuyu women practiced Polyandry. The Daughters of Mumbi had vast land access and had social interaction, trade, and barter with the Kingdoms surrounding them – the Kemetian (Ethiopian) Kingdom to their immediate East, the Maasai Kingdom to their immediate North West and South, and to the Dahomey Kingdom (The Women Warriors) which stretched from the Atlantic Ocean through current DRC to the shores of Lake Nalubale in eastern Africa. This timeline is of a very near past of approximately 200 years ago. Note that all trade and interaction with these neighboring tribes ceased due to the vicious war invasion of the imperialist after the European tribes’ agreement at the Berlin Conference.

Facing Mount Kenya, a running Commentary is a healthy fast-paced read for those who are open-minded and eager to delve into the veracities regarding the (often incorrect) re-shaping of African history. The writing is intended as a conversation starter.


When I first read Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta, I was in distress, for it was pretty clear to me that the culture Jomo Kenyatta wrote about was based on treachery, not only against a people, or against earth – (the land and environment) it was a book that arrogantly dismissed the female. I had found the book in my Father’s library as a curious 11 year old, but even then it did not sit right with me, for I had listened well to the stories told to me, first by my paternal great-grandmother and later, my grandfather. There were also strange oddities that I could not quite put my young fingers on, so I set it aside and began to delve deeper into whom I was, as a Kenyan, as an African, as a Female, and as a member of the Kikuyu Tribe. I have read hundreds of other books, explored his thesis, discussed and studied the issues I write about below with countless men and women from the Kikuyu tribe, and listened and to many non-Kikuyu, Kenyan men, and women.

Years later I am confident and unapologetic enough to use his book to prove that Kenyatta and his writers (or could it be that the authors manipulated Kenyatta deliberately? You decide after this) – used “Facing Mount Kenya” as the key anthropological thesis on which the culture of the Kikuyu tribe may gain its’ insights. But not only that, the book was used to wipe out and conceal the real history of Kenyans – specifically the Maasai Kingdom and the people of Ma’at, the book was written to hide our royal line ancestries from the Kingdom of Axum (Aksum), the book was written to deny that the Black African Swahili Empire has one of the greatest and oldest histories worldwide, and that Kenyans are not different tribes, but one people. Facing Mount Kenya was written to establish a new race of people called the Agikuyu whose roots are intricately tied in and knotted with the Europeans – a foreign race that came into Kenya to dominate it for it’s resources. But in order to do this they had to break down and disrupt the dominant tribes who lived in what is popularly referred to as the Kenyan or White Highlands – the Maasai, or the People of Ma’at had to ‘go’. Secondly, the British had to implant and instill pseudo-clones for the continuation of the extraction of the resources that are found within these lands.

But I’m moving too fast – I think…

Let me come srowry…

Whitewashing Kenya’s Real History

First, let us understand how this book came into being from a man who was not a born writer but whose career began as a parking ticket clerk. eh.

Jomo Kenyatta was born between 1891 and 1897 when East Africa was in the control of the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEAC) – a trading company whose top agenda was profiteering. IBEAC was the administrator of British East Africa which was the forerunner of the East African Protectorate and later yet, Kenya. The IBEAC was a commercial association founded to cultivate trade in the areas controlled by British colonial power. Created after the Berlin Treaty of 1885, which brutally annexed and divvied up Africa rather like a Pizza Inn pizza – IBEAC was led by that most awful of men, William MacKinnon, who built upon his company’s trading activities in the region with the encouragement of the British government through the granting of “imperial charter” — although it remains unclear what this actually meant, but, it “granted immunity of prosecution to British Subjects whilst allowing them the right to raise taxes, impose custom duties, administer justice, make treaties and otherwise act as the authority of the area. (Oliver, Roland (March 1951). “Some Factors in the British Occupation of East Africa, 1884–1894). In other words, in the History of Kenya, despite the murders of millions of Kenyans, only one white man was ever persecuted and given capital punishment for the deliberate killing of an African.

“The British subjects, have immunity of prosecution.” To Date.

Read more in: Facing Mount Kenya – A Running Commentary By Najar Munyinyi