Josiah Mwangi Kariuki better known as J.M. Kariuki captures the brutality of British colonial rule in Kenya. Written from a first-hand account, J. M. Kariuki details his upbringing and juxtaposes it with his adulthood at the apogee of British rule in Kenya. 

These memoirs center on his incarceration in the most inhumane of places under the British-imposed State of Emergency in Kenya. 

MauMau’ Detainee encapsulates the horrors of colonial rule in Kenya. It speaks to the sacrifices of sweat and blood that Kenyans made for their independence. It is peppered with timeless Gikuyu proverbs and crucial historical information. 

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