Journey of Rastafarian lawyer Mathenge Mukundi, 24
Rastafarian lawyer Mathenge Mukundi, 24, gained fame recently when photos of him being acknowledged to the bar as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with his head draped up in a turban instead of the barrister wig trended on social media.

Mathenge, who graduated with a Degree in Law from Kenyatta University before enrolling in the Kenya School of Law, says he has been surprised with the response as he didn’t expect it.

“I am just a simple person pursuing his dreams. Besides that, I am a Rastafarian by faith and therefore I could not remove my turban and wear the wig when being admitted to the bar. I made this known to the people responsible and they were very supportive,” Mathenge told.

“After we were done with the process, I decided to take just a few photos with my classmates and that was just that. By then, I did not have any personal social media account and I think someone posted the photos and then everything just blew up – I started getting calls and they just kept coming in,” he adds.

“I am very passionate about fighting and defending basic human rights and to achieve this I knew I had to become a lawyer. I am inspired by people like the late Marcus Garvey who was a political activist,” he says.

“I come from a humble background and while on campus at Kenyatta University I had to learn how to fend for myself – I became a nail artist and would get a few clients during class breaks. This helped sort my food and rent bills.” Mathenge reveals.

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“Even on campus, some lecturers openly said to me I was eroding the good profession law, just because I am a Rastafarian. This is the narrative I want to change because Rastafarians have been neglected for far too long,” he says.

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