Sir Charles Njonjo is my everyday inspiration. As a writer and a researcher on African history, I find his story very fascinating. First, as the first attorney general of Kenya, Charles was Jomo Kenyatta right hand man. And their devotion to the unity of Kenya was total. On many occasion, he has noted that the unity of Kenya under Kenyatta leadership was one of their greatest achievement.
Secondly, as a son of a colonial chief, Charles knew the value of freedom from birth; he was opportune to enjoyed certain privileges, this and more inspired his decision to join the struggle for an independent Kenya.
Thirdly, as the only surviving member of the Kenya’s first independence Cabinet, Charles is a store house of knowledge, wisdom and ideas.
Sir Charles Njonjo was born on January 23, 1920, at 100 years, he is still enigmatic, strong and very lively.
5 things you can learn from Sir Charles Njonjo
1. In all your getting, get education.
Charles was a close friend of Uganda’s first president, Edward Mutesa, they were both student of Captain Freddie Chritenden who gave them extensive lectures on English etiquette and mannerism. Because of their prowess in English, Mutesa was nicknamed ‘The black English King’ while Charles was nicknamed ‘Duke of Kabeteshire’
2. Marry When you find someone you can live with.
When asked why he waited till 52 before marriage, Charles responded ‘Because I couldn’t find a girl I could live with’ He married at 52 and together they have 3 beautiful children. Charles conclusion is simple ‘Don’t just marry, marry someone you can live with; because marriage is not a one day affair’
3. Look after yourself
At 100, Charles is still very strong, in a 2015 article with Business Daily Africa, he noted that he swim daily, ride bicycle daily in order to stay active and fit.
Exercise is very important, look after yourself.
4. Your family is your greatest blessing, cherish them
During his 2020th birthday celebration on January 23, Charles described family as one of his greatest blessing.
According to him, he was humbled by what he considers to be his greatest blessing- his family.
Love, cherish and appreciate your family
5. Invest in Relationship
Build and invest in people. Investment in business is good, but investment in people yield greater benefit.
“I have looked after my kids well, I have seen them through their education; one is a barrister, the other is a scientist and one is a veterinary doctor. They have turned out well, I think. I have given them what my father gave me — an education” – Charles Njonjo