“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

Last week the Kenya Diggit! team visited the Kenya National Archives, which is situated at the edge of the central business district
in downtown Nairobi. The archives were established by an Act of the Parliament of Kenya in 1965 and holds over 40,000 volumes of information.
The Kenya National Archives building houses the Murumbi Gallery on the ground floor, which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century.It was named after the late Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi who was Kenya’s Second vice president. He was also an avid art collector who left behind over 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence.

The Kenya National Archives has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” , published before 1900! It is currently the largest Pan-African art gallery in Africa and it contains ancient art collections from different regions and communities of Africa. The collection is basically an African cultural tour.

In the archives, you can find out information on different great honorary Kenyan heroes such as the late Tom Mboya, the
first president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and the late environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai.

The archives also shelter Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s functions seat [which we got to touch!] and has a list of Kenya’s list of
national leaders.
Are you a stamp collector and would drool over stamps that are over 50 years old? The archives holds them and much more!

The archives are open every MONDAY – FRIDAY at 8.15 a.m. – 4.15 p.m and on SATURDAYS at 8.15 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
It is only closed on Sundays and all public holidays.
Entry charges are very affordable at Kes. 50 for Adults and Kes. 20 for Children for residents and Kes. 200 for
non-residents. If you would like to use their library services, they also charge a membership fee of Kes. 200.

Here are some photographs we took at the historical archives. Oh! We have a surprise for you at the end of the post 😉

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Kenyan History under One Roof: Kenya National Archives

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Time: 1745hrs

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Destination: Wangari Maathai Auditorium, Alliance Française

Kenya Diggit! has a goal of sharing with you how beautiful Kenya is and how amazing and talented Kenyans are. That is why on Sunday 16th of June, we attended an afternoon concert dubbed Tales and Stories 2 at the Alliance Française in the city of Nairobi. There, heartwarming stories were told, spoken word was recited in attitude and calmness and songs and dances were performed. It was a wonderful event, and not only was it well executed, but it was organized and performed by young Kenyans. There was also a guest stroryteller, Kristin Perdemonti (USA). If you want to know more about her, check out her webpage at storytellerkp.com.

Charges: Advance: Kes. 400

                   At Gate:    Kes. 500 [$5.83 at the time this post was written]

We must say, the event was affordable and worth every single shilling! We took some photographs and we hope that you enjoy them. Also, we have a surprise for you at the end of this post. So, stay tuned!

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Ogutu Muraya, Storyteller & Thespian

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Haimanot ‘Haimie’ Armide, Singer & Songwriter

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Elisha and Haimie, Singers

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Safina, Storyteller

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Kristin Perdemonti, Storyteller

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Leonida, Swahili Storyteller

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Abu Sense, Spoken Word Artist

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The Cast of Tales & Stories (II)

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Nairobi Arts & Literary Culture at Tales and Stories (II)

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