The story of the man who taught Jomo Kenyatta how to smoke pot - 7 months ago, 12 July 09:12
He has a road named after him along Ngong Road in Nairobi. George Padmore, a Pan-Africanist intellectual with a communist flair from Trinidad, and whose entry into founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s reshaped his view of political world order.
Born Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, Padmore’s vision was that of a world unburdened from the tribulation of empires and dedicated to equality.
This solidified his communist ideals. Padmore, then a medical student at Fisk University, a black college in Tennessee, USA, moved to Russia where he joined the Communist Party in 1924.
He became George Padmore: the first from his father in-law, the surname from his Best Man after marrying Julia Semper in 1924!
Padmore was tasked by Russia’s Communist Party to recruit African liberation leaders and Kenyatta, who was in London to agitate for ithaka na wiyathi (land and freedom) was ideal prey including teaching him how to smoke pot as Kenyatta’s ...
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