Full independence from British colonizers in Kenya occurred almost fifty years ago, on December 12, 1963. Last weekend, Kenyans celebrated Madraka Day, which was the day when they received internal self-rule on June 1. Since this is the fiftieth anniversary of the monumental occasion, Purity, a Form 1, wanted to share an explanation of the importance of the holiday with Daraja supporters. Here’s what she wrote:

Why we celebrate Madaraka Day

“On 1st June 1963 Kenyans gained independence, but not self independence since we were still under the British rule. The late Mzee [revered old man] Jomo Kenyatta was crowned the first Prime Minister of Kenya. During those days there was a group known as the Kapenguria Six who were against the British rule. Many organizations were formed famously known as the Mau Mau Rebellion who were led by Dedan Kimathi. The Kapenguria Six members were the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kungu Kaumba, Bildad Kagia, Achieng’oneko, Dedan Kimathi and Oginga Odinga (father of former second prime minister of Kenya Raila Odinga).

These six people fought for independence until October 20th 1963 when the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was crowned as the first president of Kenya. On 12th December Kenya attained total independence and became a republic from that day.

Also on this day 1st June the Kapenguria Six are also remembered. On 1st June 2013 it is the 50th anniversary since Kenya attained independence.

From the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to Daniel arap Moi to Mwai Kibaki to now His Excellency the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, this day is celebrated with much respect to the people who fought for independence. Also the National Anthem is sang to them.

On this day it is when Kenyans set aside what they are doing in order to respect this day since it is a special holiday for the Kenyans.

The National Anthem is sang with loyalty, respect and pride by Kenyans on this day, even if we remember what we passed through in order to reach where we are today.

Thanks to this day that we us Kenyans are free from any slavery and we have a government which respects the right of all citizens in Kenya.

I am truly a Kenyan and Proud to be a Kenyan. Najivania kuwa Mkenya.”