IBEA Building (1919) – Nairobi’s Pink building

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IBEA Building (1919) – Nairobi’s Pink building



13047976_611212659033146_2598772535149167983_oI took a photo of the IBEA Building along Moi Avenue today. Built in 1919, this former centre of the Imperial British East Africa holds more history than the unlikely pink paint on its outer walls can ever conceal. This building has withstood 97 years but it may soon be forgotten.

This is my way of preserving it before it is torn down. Odhiambo might have the detailed history of the IBEA Building (1919). Several others have noticed this historical building and posted a similar photo on instagram

According to Wikipedia, the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEAC) was the administrator of British East Africa, which was the forerunner of theEast Africa Protectorate, later Kenya. The IBEAC was a commercial association founded to develop African trade in the areas controlled by the British colonial power. Created after the Berlin Treaty of 1885, it was led by William Mackinnon and built upon his company’s trading activities in the region, with the encouragement of the British government through the granting of an imperial charter – although it remained unclear what this actually meant. It granted immunity of prosecution to British subjects whilst allowing them the right to raise taxes, impose custom duties, administer justice, make treaties and otherwise act as the government of the area.[1]

britisheastafri01mcdegoog_0012Mombasa and its harbour were central to its operations, with an administrative office about 50 miles (80 km) south in Shimoni. The company was incorporated in London on 18 April 1888, and granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria on 6 September 1888.

The IBEAC oversaw an area of about 246,800 square miles (639,000 km2) along the eastern coast of Africa, its centre being at about 39° East longitude and latitude, and from 1890 also administered Uganda. The administration of British East Africa was transferred to the Foreign Office on 1 July 1895, and in 1896 so was control of Uganda.

I am still looking for more information about this iconic building.

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