Photographing the official opening of:
BOMU HOSPITAL – Health. Hope. Humanity
From a small unit in Mkomani Mombasa in Kenya, BOMU has grown to a fully-fledged hospital brand now with 5 facilities – 4 on Kenya’s coast, and now the newest one in Nairobi’s biggest slum Kibera. BOMU has been around for 33 years, grown 400% and supported 10,000 families since it started. Some big statistics. And they’re definitely still going…..
With our elections coming up in August I am keen to uncover and connect with as many strong and prominent and influential Kenyans as possible. Those educated, smart, new generation models that I hope desperately will replace the old guard. I hope because they are our only hope: for a FUTURE, NEW, FUNCTIONAL, UN-CORRUPT, CONNECTED, HONEST, SUSTAINABLE KENYA. pray.
I connected with Tom Mboya, son of the late Tom Mboya who was a prominent Kenyan politician during Jomo Kenyatta‘s government, founder of the Nairobi People’s Congress Party, a key figure in the formation of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), and the Minister of Economic Planning and Development at the time of his death. Mboya was assassinated on July 5, 1969 in Nairobi.
Wonderfully for us Kenyans there are a few of these next, and even perhaps next next, generations of the old guard that stand out in history. Tom Mboya is one. Perhaps you don’t know but I am also one. My grand-daughter was Sir Michael Blundell, he was leader of the white community towards independence for Kenya. “Africa for the Africans”. If you type in Google “History of Kenya“, scroll down, you’ll find my grampa at the start of line 5 of Constitutional Debates. He was Knighted “Knight of the British Empire – KBE” by Queen Elizabeth II. Being knighted KBE is higher than what the lovely Queen normally bestows on those she chooses to honour for their services to the crown, which is usually an OBE – Order of the British Empire. So my grampa did well.
For further info on Sir Michael Blundell please visit: 1) politician in Kenya, 2) Orbituary, for review of his second book “A Love Affair With The Sun: A Memoir of Seventy Years in Kenya”). So I feel fairly comfortable with the best of them.
The Chief Guest was Jonathan Scott Gration, the US Ambassador to Kenya, and his wife Judy. Also attending and acknowledged for the legendary status in Kenya’s recent history were Dr. James Mwangi – CEO of Equity Bank, famous Kenyan singer Eric Wainaina, and the lady who’s vision it all is Mrs Hayati Anjarwalla – E.D. BOMU Hospital.
Also attending was John Githongo – CEO Inuka Trust, which has been instrumental in many changes and developments in the modern-day Kenya, changes such as this. John Githongo (born 1965) is a former Kenyan journalist who investigated bribery and fraud in his home country and later, under the presidency of Mwai Kibaki, took on an official governmental position to fight corruption. In 2005 he left that position, later accusing top ministers of large-scale fraud. The story of his fight against corruption is told in Michela Wrong‘s book It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower.
- US Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan Scott Gration and his wife Judy arriving and meeting Mrs. Hayati Anjarwalla, E.D. Bomu Hospital, in Nairobi’s Kibera Slum
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