Originality of most towns in Kenya are very unique shaped by history or came into being as by direct result of our history or even the world’s history. Just like the world’s history was shaped by Industrial Revolution, Capitalism and also Imperialism all combined with a lot of factors.
Over the years as the calendars pages turned past history was not forgotten as everything was kept in records and the best of the past history was well preserved in monuments which is the topic of discussion
A monument is a type of structure created to commemorate a person or event, or which has become relevant to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, due to its artistic, historical, political, technical or architectural importance (Wikipedia)
Nairobi and Kenya at large has got a great share of monuments from our streets to Public Parks marking different pages of History and events that took place leading to shaping of our cities, towns or even what we know today as independent Nation we have today.
How ever, it looks like we are leaving out our monuments to enjoy a new pair of suit that nature is clothing them in, dust and less if nothing is done the death of our past shall have caught up with us.
A Polish Poet of the World War II era once said ” …..the living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story to them…..” It is up to us the living to keep alive our past histories as it is from them that we can shape our history.
I shed tears when the statue of Queen Victoria in the Jeevanjee Garden put up in 1904 fallen and its head crushed later on only its base still stand with the statue no where to be seen to tell its history
This goes on with almost all monuments from Nyayo monument at the Central park that had beautiful fountains and was a great outdoor photo studio that many loved. The Statue that we ought to even care more is that of our freedom fighter Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi and that of Tom Mboya whose display have become more like dustbin making me wonder if we truly appreciate what was sacrificed by such a hero!!!!
I hope that one day we can decide to care and respect our past history shared or displayed by all statues set up on our streets and towns.
Why do you think most statues are in bad status or so untidy? What can be done for us to maintain and care for our statues to Public Parks? Lets share in the comment sections on what can be done or should be done to ensure we care for our statues and monuments.