Joe Khamisi does not shy away from using the Slave-word. His grandparents were freed slaves who had been taken to Rabai, at the Kenyan Coast, to start a new life. His grandparents came form Tanzania, one of his great-grandparents was from Malawi. Joe was born in Mombassa, not that far from Rabai.
He served the Kenyan governement in several capacities and worked in different countries. In this article you find some thoughts on his identity and his roots, and his Kenyanness. Is it hard for Kenyan society to accept someone who has roots in a different world? To make matters even more complicated, at least for some, Joe is married to an American lady.