Very recently. Susan, Mary, and Olivia started working together to realise an exhibition about The Mau Mau Emergency. Susan and Mary are both Kenyans, from the Kikuyu tribe, living in Nairobi and both their families have many, many memories of the Mau Mau Emergecy. Olivia is British and based in the UK. Although we are not in the same city, we message every day, sharing our research about the Mau Mau, updating each other on the meetings and conversations we have had, and keeping track of the archival materials and objects that may be valuable for the exhibition.
In the past few days we have been discussing the role of the British in Kenya, the relationships between the tribes and how that has been affected by the Emergency – particularly in regard to politics – the experiences of Susan’s and Mary’s families during that time and the impact the history has on the way people in Kenya relate to and interact with each other today. We have also chatted about the weather, our jobs and Susan’s boys, who sound hilarious.
This blog will share updates of our journey together. Because, as Susan said… ‘trust me, it is a good journey!.