Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, April 13, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS: 1920 “WOMEN IN BRITISH EAST AFRICA!”

NOTE: The cover or The Leopard’s Prey is now an online puzzle. Go to http://www.allstarpuzzles.com/picture/index.html, scroll down, and click on “It’s A Mystery” (if you are reading this as an archived article and the puzzle title doesn’t show, then it has been archived. Go to the bottom of that page and click on puzzle 2221)


Lady Northey, the Governor’s wife, was a woman of high social standing in British East Africa. Her name graced a children’s home, and having her presence at any social function guaranteed its worthiness and success. But the Protectorate (soon to officially become the Kenya Colony) was not pleased with her interview to The Christian Science Monitor and the May 1, 1920 issue of The Leader of British East Africa made no apologies for the uproar.

Lady Northey had stated that “the Protectorate is no place for a woman unless accompanied by her husband.” When she was asked if a woman with some knowledge of agriculture could come out and start a farm, Lady Northey replied “quite impracticable. Africa for a young and pleasing woman could not be possible.” The editor of The Leader made a side comment that such a statement was hardly flattering to all the woman who had come to British East Africa without husbands and made a success for themselves.

Lady N. did admit that there was one type of woman who could find it pleasant here. She then described a woman of means and leisure who had her own car. She also painted a rather dismal picture of the Protectorate as a place without railroads (there was a large one running up from Mombassa past Nairobi) and where the natives were savage and undisciplined (many worked on farms and in people’s homes).

One can only wonder what Isak Dinsesen (Karen Blixen-Fineke) thought about this.

NEXT WEEK: More Nairobi news

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com and follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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