Elections victory (1963) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
“Kenya’s independence would have been seriously compromised were it not for the courage and steadfastness of Tom Mboya.”
President Jomo Kenyatta
Tom Mboya returns home from his visit overseas (1950) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
A proud African and freedom fighter
Born in 1930, Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya, referred to as Tom Mboya, was instrumental in the fight for Kenya’s freedom. A self-made man, Tom Mboya was an astute Pan-Africanist and was committed to the full liberation of Africans in Africa as well as in the diaspora.
Tom Mboya with Ethel Kennedy, wife of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1966) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
Loved by the people and a powerful politician
Tom Mboya was a trade unionist, educator, Pan-Africanist, author, independence activist, and statesman. He was Secretary-General of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) and headed the Kenyan delegation in negotiating Kenya's independence from the British.
Victory, 1963 General Elections, Kenya (1963) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
12 December 1963
Kenya gained its independence from Britain on 12 December 1963, with Jomo Kenyatta becoming President. Tom Mboya served as Minister of Justice from 1963 to his untimely death in 1969.
Senator Robert Kennedy with Tom Mboya and Dr. Njoroge Mungai by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
Tom Mboya initiated the famous Airlift programme. This initiative sponsored the education of some of Kenya’s most promising young minds between 1953 and 1963 at universities across the United States.
The Consistent Soldier, Charles Asati (1974) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
The national flag
Tom Mboya was also instrumental in designing Kenya's national flag. It includes the shield and spears, and the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) and Kenya African National Union (KANU) party colours.
Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Tom Mboya (1969) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
“There were few African leaders so well-known and so much admired abroad. At ease with the Nehrus and Kennedys of the world, his presence was eagerly sought at important international conferences … In the end, he should be remembered as a man of the world.”
Prof. Dharam Ghai
Tom Mboya was felled by an assassin’s bullet on 5th July, 1969. He was only 38 years old. A man gone too soon. Mohamed Amin’s pictures of this giant of Africa are unforgettable. A chronicle of a life tragically cut short, Mo was with Mboya as he breathed his last, documenting his death as he had documented his life. His pictures of Mboya’s assassination will be forever etched in the minds of Kenyans as will Mo Amin’s images of his life.
Tom Mboya is laid to rest at his home in Rusinga Island, Kenya (1969) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation
“We will never, never sell our freedom for capital or technical aid. We stand for freedom at any cost.”