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The Life and times of Njenga Karume: from Charcoal to Gold


James Njenga Karume was born in 1929 in the Rift Valley. Karume briefly enrolled in rural elementary schools in Rift Valley and Nairobi. He then joined his father, who was working in Delamere Farm in Elburgon and started cutting cedar posts and selling them to settlers. At the same time, he started burning charcoal and later on, he joined Kenya Institute of Administration, formerly Jeans School, where he pursued a diploma in business administration in Nairobi. 
It was while in Nairobi, he opened a wholesale shop on the capital’s Grogan Road (now Kirinyaga Road) in Nairobi, making him among the first indigenous Africans to…….

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