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