Home / Politics / Christian name is not preferred by famous Kenyan political elites

Christian name is not preferred by famous Kenyan political elites

In 1914, the first Kenyan Prime Minister, first President and the founder of the nation was baptised (in Anglican Church, perhaps) with the Christian name John Peter which he changed to Johnson Kamau Ngengi. In 1938, he changed from Johnstone to Jomo. Jomo stands for burning spear while Kenyatta is derived from beard belt which he was fond of wearing. Many Kenyans do not know his Christian name because he never used it till his death in 1978.
The most interesting episode of politicians renouncing Christian names is the father to Raila Amolo Odinga. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was a baptised Christian with the name Obadiah Adonijah. He was Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga untill his death in 1994. He was the first vice President and one of the leading founding fathers in the Kenyan history. His dislike of saint name is manifest in his famous book, “Not Yet Uhuru”. His two sons Oburu and Raila were to be baptized by a white Missionary, but Oginga Odinga persisted on African names.
The successor of Jomo Kenyatta, Toroitich Arap Moi, highlighted his Christian name Daniel immediately he took over the office. His Christian faith was almost identical to his presidency. He was like Daniel of the Bible. He had respect for Her Majesty the Queen of England. All his sons are baptised and use Christian names.
His successor, Mwai Kibaki is also a Catholic Christian, with the Christian name, Emilio. He is a staunch Christian. His wife Lucy is known as Lucy Kibaki, a true Christian tradition. His presence in the Church is conspicuous.
Instead, his successor, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, is a baptised Catholic Christian. He attended Catholic schools. But his Christian name is still unknown and he does not use it.
The late Saitoti, a long serving vice President during President Moi’s era, was known as George, a Christian name that he never hid from the public. The Deputy President William Samoi Ruto maintains his Christian name. He is William, even if his proper Church is not explicitly spoken of as George Saitoti, who was a Catholic. Moi is known to be of African Inland Church.
The late Tom Mboya was known as Joseph Thomas Mboya. His Christian identity was also visible in his political life more than Jomo Kenyatta. He was not ashamed to be identified as Tom in public. But there is no proper mention of John Peter or Johnstone in the case of Jomo throughout his public life as a leader.
Raila Amollo Odinga, the second and the last Prime Minister in the Kenyan history is known to be a legio maria, the sect his father followed, but he has also been re-baptised by different pastors including Prophet Dr. Owuor. However, his Christian name is not known till today. If he has any, nobody can tell.
Steven Kalonzo Musyoka is known for his Christianity. His Christian name is vivid in his political life. He is a well known God fearing leader whose presence in Church is no secret. Musalia Mudavadi is known as Wycliffe even if his Christian name is rarely used. He prefers Musalia Mudavadi, his African name, just as his political masters did.
Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o is a Christian by the name Peter. In politics, Peter is not used but Anyang’ Nyong’o. Christian name is played down in his public work.
My question is, why do Kenyan powerful political elites fear their Christian identity? Why is the name a problem for many Kenyan leaders? The answer to this question is varied and cannot be tackled in this blog. What is revealed is that the majority of those who excel in the Kenyan politics tend to hide their Christian identity as opposed to their Muslim conterparts.
The third First Lady Margaret Kenyatta maintains her Christian name even in public despite her husband’s failure to do so. She is the Third First Lady Kenyans have known because President Moi did not have any First Lady throughout his leadership. Her Christian faith is vivid in the Kenyan public life through her initiatives to help the needy and Christian concern to Kenyans.
There is more than meets the eyes in this way of playing politics in Kenya. The Africanization plays some role in this while, there is also, an element of anti-imperialism. Severally, such leaders who tend to hide their Christian identities are opposed to colonialism and its consequences. Most of them play the politics of decolonization of the African culture. Most of them are not objected to polygamy and other African traditions.
President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta took his mother’s creed. His uncle, George Muhoho, a former Catholic priest, is a staunch Catholic Christian, wth the mother of the President, Mama Ngina. She was known as Ngina Muhoho, the daughter of Chief Muhoho. She became a staunch Catholic but her Christian name is not known in her public life. (Read our blog on sainthood to understand why some leaders hide their Christian faith).
Read us, follow us, like us…

About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

114 comments

  1. Its interestine how these people shed thir christian names

  2. Quality articles or reviews is the crucial to invite the visitors to pay a quick visit the {website|web site|site|w

  3. Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from
    my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love
    reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the outstanding work!

    Here is my weblog :: slendera garcinia cambogia and natural cleanse free trial, Delila,

  4. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very helpful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot.
    I was seeking this certain information for
    a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

    My web-site garcinia cambogia free trial uk (Latoya)

  5. I do consider all the ideas you have presented for your post.
    They are really convincing and will definitely work.
    Still, the posts are too quick for beginners. May you please prolong them a bit
    from next time? Thanks for the post.

    my site: garcinia cambogia extract free trial australia – Elizabet,

  6. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was super
    long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new
    to everything. Do you have any tips and hints for
    novice blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate
    it.

    my website :: garcinia cambogia free trial (Cindi)

  7. Hi to every body, it’s my first go to see of this webpage;
    this website includes amazing and truly fine data in favor of visitors.

    Also visit my weblog; garcinia cambogia and green coffee bean free trial (Micheal)

  8. If some one wishes expert view on the topic of running a blog after that i suggest him/her to visit this
    website, Keep up the nice work.

    my blog – garcinia cambogia and colon cleanse free trial; Cassandra,

  9. Hey! Ι could have sworn Ι’ve ƅеen to tɦis website before but afteг reading tɦrough some of thе post I realized іt’ѕ new tօ me.
    Anyhow, I’m ԁefinitely glad І foսnd it аnd Ι’ll be bookmarking ɑnd
    checking Ƅack ߋften!

  10. If some one wants expert view on the topic of blogging after that i advise him/her to go to see this blog, Keep up the nice job.

  11. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog
    with my twitter group? There’s a lot of folks that I
    think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know.
    Many thanks

  12. It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this web site,
    i am visiting this web page dailly and get nice facts from here all the time.

  13. Hello, I desire to subscribe for this blog to obtain newest updates, so where can i do it please
    help.

    My blog post … health information (Veta)

  14. Aw, tҺis wɑs an incredibly goօd post. Finding tɦe timе аnd actual effort to produce
    a top notch article… Ьut ԝhat can I say… I procrastinate a
    lօt ɑnd don’t seеm to get anytɦing done.

  15. Great article, just what I was looking for.

    my homepage … SEO Seattle

  16. Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is the little changes that will make
    the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  17. If you аre neeԀing a locksmith you can’t go wrong calling Garden City MI LocksmіtҺ to attend too your needs.

  18. Hi there colleagues, its fantastic piece of writing about cultureand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

  19. Awesome things here. I am very glad to look your post.
    Thank you a lot and I am having a look forward to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a mail?

  20. Highly energetic blog, I loved that a lot. Will there be a
    part 2?

  21. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to
    and you’re just extremely great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it smart.
    I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a
    tremendous site.

    Here is my weblog: SEO Seattle

  22. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking the time and actual
    effort to create a good article

  23. Hi there! This article could not be written much better!

    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this.

    I am going to forward this post to him. Pretty sure he’s going
    to have a good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  24. I love looking through an article that will make men and women think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

  25. It’s amazing in favor of me to have a web site, which is helpful designed for
    my experience. thanks admin

    Feel free to surf to my website; http://k100262.vimp.mivitec.net/user/view/user/MaryjoA831/uid/45051Shani

  26. This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read article!

    Here is my site … Roro Skip

  27. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  28. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend
    your site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a applicable deal.
    I had been a little bit familiar of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  29. hey there and thank you for your information

  30. Hello I am so excited I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Askjeeve for
    something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to
    say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the
    moment but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to
    read a lot more, Please do keep up the superb work.

    Here is my homepage mini skip hire

  31. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article
    and also the rest of the website is also really good.

    Here is my website http://www.sto2.pl/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=59258Elke,

  32. Thanks for sharing such a good idea, post is nice, thats why i have
    read it entirely

  33. I гeally like your writing style, superƄ info,
    regards for pоsting :D. “Faith is a continuation of reason.” ƅy William Adams.

    Feel fre to visit my website: сheck my blog
    (https://www.facebook.com/robi.ludwig)

  34. I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This article posted at this site is
    genuinely nice.

  35. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but great
    topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for great info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  36. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout
    on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see
    a great blog like this one nowadays.

    My weblog :: SEO Company Seattle (Kathaleen)

  37. Hello There. I discovered your weblog the use of msn.
    This is a really smartly written article. I will make sure to
    bookmark it and come back to learn more of your useful
    info. Thank you for the post. I will certainly comeback.

    Visit my homepage :: Seattle SEO (Dwain)

  38. Remarkable! Its really amazing post, I have got much clear idea
    concerning from this paragraph.

    Look at my homepage SEO Company Seattle

  39. This is a topic which is close to my heart… Many thanks!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

    Also visit my site :: SEO Seattle; Todd,

  40. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how could
    i subscribe for a blog website? The account helped me
    a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear
    concept

  41. Its not my first time to pay a quick visit this web site, i am visiting this site dailly and
    get nice information from here every day.

    Also visit my web blog – SEO Seattle

  42. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time
    to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting
    things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring
    to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

    Feel free to visit my web blog – health insurance exchange, accidentalscene86.Jimdo.Com,

  43. I always emailed this blog post page to all my associates, because if like to read it afterward my contacts will too.

    My page SEO Company Seattle (http://www.youtube.com)

  44. I really like looking through a post that can make
    men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  45. I am extremely inspired with your writing abilities as neatly
    as with the layout in your blog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize
    it your self? Either way keep up the excellent high quality writing, it is
    uncommon to look a great blog like this one
    today..

  46. I just like the valuable information you
    supply to your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and take
    a look at once more right here regularly. I am quite certain I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here!

    Best of luck for the next!

  47. Hi, I read your blog like every week. Your story-telling
    style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  48. Thanks , I have just been searching for information approximately
    this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I
    have came upon so far. However, what about the conclusion? Are
    you positive concerning the source?

  49. Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  50. Hola! I’ve been reading your weblog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and
    give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good
    work!

  51. What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this web page on a regular
    basis, this site is truly pleasant and the users are genuinely sharing pleasant thoughts.

  52. I know this web site gives quality depending articles and additional information, is there any other site which provides these information in quality?

  53. There’s definately a lot to know about this subject. I really like all the points you made.

  54. great publish, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.
    You should continue your writing. I am confident, you’ve a great
    readers’ base already!

  55. The information, if provided accurately and nicely, will definitely help in propelling the visitors to go further into your website and purchase your product.
    It is always a good practice, before signing the agreement, to consider all your options and pick up the website designer that best suits your need.
    As one of the owners of my company, I had very high expectations for the type of portal I wanted to develop.

    my weblog http://www.aboutus.org/aanddwindows.com

  56. I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  57. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have
    done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  58. After the classwork, we lined up in pit row, where we
    were paired up with our instructors. They may be just as competent teaching learners than a fully qualified instructor,
    but you need to be aware they may not have the experience of one.

    Well, here are a few questions to ask and our
    answers to them.

  59. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering issues with your
    RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having similar RSS issues?
    Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond?
    Thanks!!

  60. Magnificent web site. Lots of useful info here. I am sending it to several buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you in your effort!

  61. Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving
    comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  62. Great site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find high
    quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate people like you!
    Take care!!

  63. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as
    I provide credit and sources back to your website? My
    blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would certainly benefit from some of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you.
    Thanks a lot!

  64. I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll.

  65. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit
    more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything.
    However think about if you added some great visuals or
    videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent
    but with pics and video clips, this blog could undeniably be one of the greatest in its field.
    Great blog!

  66. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who
    has been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to
    discuss this matter here on your web site.

  67. There’s certainly a great deal too find out about this subject.
    I like all of the points you made.

  68. What’s up to all, how is all, I think every one is getting
    more from this website, and your views are fastidious designed
    for new users.

  69. What’s up every one, here every person is sharing such familiarity, therefore it’s good to read this
    blog, and I used to visit this web site everyday.

  70. Howdy very nice blog!! Guy .. Excellent ..

    Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?

    I am satisfied to search out so many useful info here within the submit, we need work out extra
    strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . .
    . . .

    my web page garcinia cambogia free trial south africa (Salvador)

  71. I am sure this article has touched all the internet viewers, its really really nice paragraph on building up new blog.

  72. Just wish to say your article is as amazing.
    The clarity in your post is simply excellent and i
    can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab
    your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  73. Your style is very unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll
    just bookmark this site.

  74. whoah this weblog is great i really like studying your posts.
    Keep up the great work! You already know, lots of persons are searching
    around for this info, you can help them greatly.

  75. I visited various blogs except the audio quality
    for audio songs present at this website is
    actually fabulous.

  76. Nice weblog right here! Additionally your web
    site quite a bit up very fast! What host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link for your host? I want my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  77. I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough
    for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much
    more useful than ever before.

  78. You need to take part in a contest for one of the greatest sites online.
    I am going to highly recommend this website!

  79. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    good. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going
    to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  80. I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

    Also visit my blog … website (Kazuko)

  81. Remarkable! Its genuinely remarkable piece of
    writing, I have got much clear idea regarding from this article.

  82. I’m now not sure where you’re getting your information, however great topic.

    I needs to spend a while studying more or working out more.

    Thank you for magnificent info I was on the lookout for this info for my mission.

  83. I’m not positive the place you are getting your information, however good topic.
    I must spend a while studying more or figuring
    out more. Thanks for fantastic information I used
    to be in search of this information for my mission.

    • Nice to hear this. I learn from reading your comment. I believe in something really genuine and worth featuring…

  84. I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for putting up.

  85. It’s going to be ending of mine day, but before ending I am
    reading this impressive article to increase my knowledge.

  86. Great post. I was checking continuously this weblog
    and I’m inspired! Extremely helpful info specifically the
    ultimate part 🙂 I take care of such info a lot.
    I used to be looking for this certain info for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  87. Simply desire to say your article is as surprising. The clarity for your post is simply nice and that i can suppose you’re
    an expert on this subject. Fine together with your permission allow
    me to grab your RSS feed to stay updated with forthcoming
    post. Thank you one million and please keep up the enjoyable
    work.

    Also visit my website; Dallas roofing company (dallasarearoofers.com)

  88. This is a topic that is close to my heart… Thank you! Exactly where are your contact
    details though?

  89. My partner and I stumbled over here different web page and thought I
    might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

  90. Ӏ will immediatelу tаke hοld of your rss feed as I can not in finding your е-mail subscription lіnk or e-newsletter sеrvice.
    Do you have any? Please let me know so that I may just subscribe.

    Thanks.

    Feеl free to sur to mʏ page … sh!t

  91. I enjoy, lead to I found exactly what I used to be having a look for.
    You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.
    Bye

  92. I loved as much as you will receive carried
    out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering
    the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since
    exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

  93. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site
    before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I came across it and I’ll
    be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  94. Hello to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from
    this web page, and your views are nice designed for new users.

  95. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book marked it for later!

  96. Your style is really unique in comparison to other people
    I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll
    just book mark this blog.

  97. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I do believe that you ought to publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people do not speak about
    such issues. To the next! Kind regards!!

  98. I relish, cause I discovered just what I used to be looking for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
    Bye

  99. I simply want to mention I am just very new to blogs and truly savored your website. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You definitely come with exceptional posts. Many thanks for sharing with us your website.

  100. I always emailed this weblog post page to all my friends, as
    if like to read it after that my links will too.

  101. I’ve read several excellent stuff here. Certainly value
    bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much effort you set to make one of these
    great informative web site.

  102. I have been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog
    posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled
    upon this site. Studying this info So i am glad to express that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I came
    upon exactly what I needed. I such a lot undoubtedly will make
    certain to do not disregard this website and provides it a glance regularly.

  103. It’s really very difficult in this busy life to listen news on TV, therefore
    I only use internet for that purpose, and obtain the most recent information.

  104. Keep on writing, great job!

  105. jcReB6 Great blog.Much thanks again. Cool.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *