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From 50 Years Ago: The Future of Kenya.

From the London End, Volume XII, No. 10, March 5, 1960.

The 1960 Constitutional Conference is over and Kenya now enters a new and possibly decisive stage in its advance to independence and “one man, one vote”. Seen in its wider setting, this new stage is but part of a major change that is unfolding in the African conti-nent. The “wind of change” as Mr Macmillan put it recently, is moving at almost gale speed, raising problems of mental adjustment for people who have taken this dark conti-nent for granted for much too long. For the African, as is now clear, there is no problem of mental adjustment; his ability to be independent of foreign rule is being shown in various regions with a degree of success and failure that would be regarded as common-place in European politics or anywhere else. Those African states which are already free are exer-cising their sovereignty with considerably greater circumspection and understanding than Spain, Portugal or even France. And while Group-Captain Briggs of the Kenya white set-tler community, Sir Roy Welensky and Dr Ver-woerd, may continue to espouse their unhis-torical and evil purposes, the African is rapidly unmasking the myths of racial inferiority which for long have been used to exploit him.

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