Margaret Kenyatta

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Not to be confused with Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta.

Margaret Wambui Kenyatta (born 1928) is a Kenyan politician. She is the daughter of former Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta and his wife Grace Wahu. She served as the mayor of Nairobi from 1970-1976[1] and Kenya's ambassador to the United Nations from 1976-1986.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Margaret Kenyatta was born in the Dagoretti area of the Kenyan capital Nairobi,[2] to Jomo Kenyatta, a political activist who would later become Kenya's first president, and his first wife Grace Wahu.[3] She was one of two children born to Kenyatta and Wahu, after elder brother Peter Muigai.[4] Her parents separated when Kenyatta went to live in London in 1929, remaining there until 1947.[4] Kenyatta remarried twice, giving Margaret several younger half brothers and sisters, including current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.[4] During Margaret's childhood, her father was a popular figure locally, and frequently attracted groups of supporters who came to gather at his house. He frequently engaged with these crowds, and involved Margaret too; she is quoted as saying: "I often used to make him play with me and he held me up in front of the people and they all laughed."[2]


  1. ^ Kenyatta's daughter eye of rights storm
  2. ^ a b "Kenyatta, Margaret (1928—)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Akyeampong, Emmanuel Kwaku; Gates, Henry Louis. Dictionary of African Biography. 6. p. 339. 
  4. ^ a b c Otieno, Samuel; Muiruri, Maina (6 April 2007). "Wahu Kenyatta mourned". The Standard. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2016.