Celebrating Life at 117
This is an affectionate portrait of Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange - a woman who lives a short drive outside Nairobi - and who celebrated her 117th birthday this year. Her story, and that of her family, is told by Elizabeth's own great granddaughter Priscilla Ng'ethe.
The joy of family life is captured when many generations come together. But it is a short mental journey to the past and more turbulent times. When the British were rounding up suspected Mau Mau independence rebels and putting them in detention, where some faced torture and death. Elizabeth's husband was one of those detained and she led the family through a period of extreme austerity. The family survived and flourished in a new independent Kenya. The wife of a senior chief, in a polygamous marriage, Elizabeth has known better and worse times. She shares her secrets in this BBC World Service documentary told by her great granddaughter.
Producer: Nina Robinson
(Photo: Priscilla visits her great grandmother Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange at her home in Kiambu, Kenya)