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The Kenya Independence Monument

In the previous picture, you saw a shot of Uhuru Park. The large structure in the scen is the Kenyan Independence Monument. I didn't know anything about it, but found this information on Enchanted

Built in 1988 to commemorate 25 years of independence, the Independence Monument is a marble rendering of the lowering of the British colonial flag and the raising of the Kenyan flag. It cost nearly a million dollars to construct and caused a lot of controversy.

Location - Uhuru park along Uhuru Highway, near the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

The monument, after several years of neglect, has now received a face lift restoring it to it original grand state. It still remains a busy place with all manner of enterprise taking place around it. The Independence Monument stands as a reminder of the grand moments in the history of the land when a nation stood up in pride to proclaim itself free.

For the lover of history, visiting the site might just present a nice opportunity to travel back in time a capture a glimpse of Kenya's past. While here you can experience the thriving small-scale business activities as freelance photographers, candy, icecream and quick snack dealers busy themselves trying to earn a living by selling their ware to the numerous visitors to the park. The well trimmed lawns are a great spot for groups, couples and individuals alike to spend some quality time together. The new city street lighting project has made the park where the monument is located a safe place even at night.

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Henry Kimathi 21-Feb-2013 21:50
We have since realized that this is the Nyayo Monument built to commemorate President Daniel Moi who took over from Kenyatta in 1978. We have since corrected our page and apologize for any misrepresentation.