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Jeevanjee
Rebel of the Empire
by Zarina Patel
Price: $12.00
Jeevanjee
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This is an introductory biography of A.M.Jeevanjee.

A.M. Jeevanjee was a brilliant entrepreneur in colonial Kenya who resisted the British Empire.  Born in Karachi (now in Pakistan) in 1856 to a family of traders that belonged to a strict Islamic sect.  He became a trader early on in his own right, setting up his own company and traveling to Australia.  After returning to Karachi and marrying, he traveled to East Africa in 1890.  He started trading by provisioning ships in Mombasa, went on to help in the construction of the Uganda Railway, founded the newspaper the African Standard (now the East African Standard).  Although he became very wealthy, as an Asian he was also discriminated against in colonial East Africa.  In 1914 he helped found the East African Indian National Congress and was involved in the fight for rights for both Indians and Africans.  He died in 1936 at age 80.

The author is a writer and human rights activist in Nairobi and the granddaughter of Jeevanjee.  She is also the author of Challenge to Colonialism: The Struggle of Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee for Equal Rights in Kenya and her preface to this book also suggests some other relevant publications.

The Lion Books are written by East African academics and journalists and published in Kenya.

The Teachers' Guide (640-0017) provides extra material and teaching suggestions for other Lion Books.

Peppercorn Book Number: 640-0024
Publisher: Sasa Sema
ISBN: 9966-951-07-5
Series: Lion Books
Illustrator: George Obonyo
Place of Publication: Nairobi, Kenya
Year of Publication: 2002
Reader Level: Advanced 1
Medium: book
Format: paperback
Size: A5, portrait
Length: 86 pages
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