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The forbidden/hidden history of the Kikuyus

Emmanuelwachirake 2d

Since we got independence as a country in 1963, most of the past events became real history. Not only did the colonials take away our land, they also eroded our sense of belonging and disconnected us to the roots that firmly defined who we truly were.We were blindly dispatched from our rails so we could follow their suit without having to question our ultimate destiny and, sorry to say, we shall forever remain followers if we don't go back in time and redefine who we truly are. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.


They say, 'you can never know where you're going unless you know where you're coming from'. Some great publishers and authors suffered their ultimate cause when they tried to give a mirror by which we could reflect to our past. Among them Gakaara Wa Wanjau who published the Mau mau Ithaamirio-inî (mau mau detention), Jomo Kenyatta's Facing Mount Kenya (1938), Kabetu M. N's Kîrîra Kia Ûgîkûyû (1947) etc. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.


Nevertheless, there is a story that is barely told and only 2% of the large Kikuyus know it, while almost none among those who know the 'tale' are entirely willing to pass among the preceding generation.


The story of the nine daughters of Gikuyu and Mumbi are clearly told. But the truth is that there was the ninth daughter called Warigia (the last one) who was not lucky enough to get married and as a result got a child out of wedlock. She therefore became the 'pioneer of single_motherhood'.


It is as important to indicate that her status was not by choice since by the time Ngai (God of Gikuyu) was providing suitors to the nine elder sister, Warigia was not yet of age. As a result Warigia became very bitter even while taking care of her parents in their old age. Ngai blessed her with great wisdom exceeding the normal human capacity as a solution to her misfortune. Now that was the beginning of evil.


This wisdom was cultivated against the will of the 'Blesser' when she went ahead to craft evil (termed later as witchcraft).


She formed an embarrassing turn of the stories passed on from generations to generations among the Kikuyu community that most tellers decided to omit her part altogether so as to instill good morals among the children. This part of the story became rare that you had to dig deep to find it.

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