The Courage of Mekatilili is Still With us | Citizen Support Mechanism

One sunny morning in Nairobi, as hustlers haggled with clients, memes provoked office chatter and graffiti laden matatus provided the soundtrack for the day, Kenya’s resilience faced one of its toughest tests.

The unity that binds us and love for our countrymen stood out amidst the sound of gunshots at 14 Riverside Drive. Our beloved Country had to dig deep and find the strength, which traces back to our pre independence struggle embodied by the mighty Mekatilili wa Menza to overcome the cowardly act of terror.

Mekatilili wa Menza the woman warrior raised African consciousness and resilience she displayed on behalf of her Giriama community. Despite her brief appearance in the freedom struggle, her contribution to the fight against colonialism was immense. Mekatilili courageously fought against the forced conscription of African men into the British army during WW1. She canvassed the region and held barazas where she delivered passionate speeches and debates with young men.