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Kyeni Girls': Where girls were told ‘Ekerea matiti juu ya mesa!’


Kyeni: Where girls were told ‘Ekerea matiti juu ya mesa!’

Tears of joy flowed freely as the Kyeni Girls’ High School fraternity recently received the school’s pioneer principal and her deputy 40 years on.

It was an historic day when the school marked 50 years since its inception in a colourful and nostalgic event in which the first principal, Sister John Cunningham and her deputy sister Caroline flew from Europe to grace the occasion.

This girls’ boarding school is tucked in a serene, lush green 10-acre parcel in Embu North sub-county and was founded in 1965 by Ursuline Sisters following a call from the Bishop of Meru Catholic Diocese. It was the second girls’ school to be introduced in the then Embu District after Kangaru Girls.

Embu College Chairman Kithinji Kiragu recalls how boys at Kangaru and Kevote schools were relieved at the inception of Kyeni Girls since it increased the number of potential ‘educated wives.’

The school has never had a strike, but there was this guy who issued blouses to monos and would often instruct: “Ekerea matiti njuu ya mesa! Wewe uko na matiti manene kuja hapa!”

Among notable alumni who went to the river (ngiri) to do laundry include Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire, Embu  Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi and Embu County Health Executive Member Pauline Njagi. Brand Kenya CEO Mary Kamonye, National Council for Population and Development Director General Dr Josephine Kibaru, Nepad CEO Lialian Mbogo and Epicenter CEO Engineer Mary Njue were also here.

Others who wore flaming red skirts and guided by the motto ‘Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,’ include TV news anchor Kanze Dena, Senior Manager at Networks Operations Centre – Safaricom, Eng Lilian Mbogo, and Daystar University lecturer Dr Rebecca Ng’ang’a.


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