One Zumuni asked: "Does Gikuyu
mean election theft?
Mr Kuria was also accompanied by his Tharaka counterpart George Murugara and the Kirinyaga woman representative Purity Ngirichi, Jubilee politician Francis Mwangi and women from the Gikuyu
community who sang traditional songs.
Learning indigenous languages such as Gikuyu
, but also Kenya's lingua franca Kiswahili, is a habit McIntosh describes as 'linguistic atonement'.
Refusing to write in English, the language of Kenya's former colonizer Great Britain, by the late 1970s Professor Ngugi began to write primarily in Gikuyu
, his mother tongue.
In what was then considered a seminal piece of anthropology (but which has attracted some criticism long since), Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta (later the first president of Kenya), he recounts the Gikuyu
story of Chege wa Kibiru, a seer who alarmed his family when he woke up in his bed one morning looking as though he had spent the night in a vicious fight.
Following the ethnographic work, the third and final project in the Literature, Language, and Social Spaces course was to read and debate selections from Chinua Achebe's 'English and the African Writer,' Ngugi wa Thiong'o's 'On Writing in Gikuyu
,' and James Baldwin's 'If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
He then began to write in Gikuyu
, drawing on indigenous forms of narrative and drama.
Kenyatta, arguing for the relevance and primacy of Gikuyu
traditionalism in a world displaced by Western imperialism, described a society in which education emphasized moral character in addition to the acquisition of knowledge.
Yet in attempting to judge the product of one literary tradition against another -- English against Arabic, Gikuyu
against French -- are we comparing apples to oranges, epistles to flash fiction to zajal?
Grace Wamue-Ngare, in "Mungiki Movement: A Source of Religion-Political Conflict in Kenya", examines a Gikuyu
neo-traditionalist religious and political movement whose members and leadership have struggled to retain their original utopian religious foundations while, at the same time, the organisation morphed into a powerful shadow state and mafia.
Formerly, Ngugi was working in English but he is now working in Gikuyu
, a language of the Bantu family spoken primarily by the Kikuyu people of Kenya.
The Politics of Everyday Life in Gikuyu
Popular Music of Kenya 1990-2000