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The crackdown: Attempts to build a new Kikuyu society provoke a civil war

In a previous post we saw how increasing shortages of land were making life harder for Africans who had no land rights. The development of agriculture, both in the White Highlands and in the reserves, was working to the detriment of Kikuyus who had little or no land of their own.  1,612 more words


Tribal Appointment? Cut Uhuru Kenyatta Some Slack

I do not understand why President Uhuru Kenyatta is being pilloried over the nomination of Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge to be the next Central Bank Governor. 453 more words

Why I Want My Children To Learn Mother Tongue

Each time I encourage my five-year-old son to say a word in vernacular, he giggles in amusement after his halting attempt, and then he exclaims, “Hio inasound funny!” in that Kiswaenglish I frown on. 623 more words


Adopting The Right Name

Minnie Kasyoka

I have two names. That’s how it’s always been. Both names are mine, I took up no surname. My mum was unmarried for most of my formative years and since we no longer lived with my father, it made sense not to include his name on mine and my sister’s documents. 1,162 more words


Irene Nyaatha- Kenya's first Saint

A missionary nun impacted lives of many Kenyans living in Gikondi and neighboring villages. The locality is Central Kenya in Mukurweini, Nyeri County. They fondly called her Nyaatha. 206 more words

Mugithi explored and explained: Retracing the roots of Kikuyu popular music

Have you ever been a part of mugithi?

Did you know that mugithi as we know it has been doing rounds for more than three decades? 24 more words

Learn And Live

Hidden Depths

The Kikuyu Medicine Man


For the story behind the photo see The Medicine Man



Kenya 1955

When war comes it can rip your… 44 more words