FACING MOUNT KENYA by Jomo Kenyatta – a Running Commentary: “When the Kikuyu, or the white neo-colonizer, comes to the country and robs the people of their land, they are taking away not only their livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family units together. In doing this, he gives blows, and these blows cut away at the very foundations from the whole of life – social, moral, and economic.
When the Kikuyu or the White Neo-Colonialist explains to his own satisfaction and after the most superficial glance at the issues involved, that he is doing this for the sake of the natives, to civilize them, to teach them “the disciplinary value of regular work,” and give them the benefit of Kikuyu progressive ideas, he is adding insult to injury, and convinces no one but his Kikuyu or White self.”When I first read Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta, I was in distress, for it was pretty clear to me that the culture Jomo Kenyatta wrote about was based on treachery… #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is my age mate. I have known him since we were boys, he is a drunk and he can’t even run a kiosk. He used to run a horticulture business and a bar. They went bankrupt and that’s the same way he is bankrupting Kenya.”David Ndii (Economist) excerpt from Son of a Thief: How do the Rich Acquire Wealth in Kenya?
Part 1: FACING MOUNT KENYA – a Running Commentary
When I first read Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta, I was in distress, for it was pretty clear to me that the culture Jomo Kenyatta wrote about was based on treachery, not only against a peoples, or against earth – the land and thus the environment – it was a book that arrogantly dismissed the female. I had found the book in my Father’s library as a curious 11 year old, but even then it did not sit right with me, for I had listened well to the stories told to me, first by my paternal great-grandmother and later, my grandfather.
There were also strange oddities that I could not quite put my young fingers on, so I set it aside and began to delve deeper into whom I was, as a Kenyan, as an African, as a Female, and as a member of the Kikuyu Tribe. I have read hundreds of other books, explored his thesis, discussed and studied the issues I write about below with countless men and women from the Kikuyu tribe, and listened and to many non-Kikuyu, Kenyan women, and men.
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Years later I am confident and unapologetic enough to use his book to prove that Kenyatta and his writers (or could it be that the authors manipulated Kenyatta deliberately? You decide after this) used “Facing Mount Kenya” as the key anthropological thesis on which the culture of the Kikuyu tribe may gain its’ insights. But not only that, the book was used to wipe out and conceal the real history of Kenyans – specifically the Maasai Kingdom and the people of Ma’at, the book was written to hide our royal line ancestries from the Kingdom of Axum (Aksum), the book was written to deny that the Black African Swahili Empire has one of the greatest and oldest histories worldwide, and that Kenyans are not different tribes, but one people.
Facing Mount Kenya was written to establish a new race of people called the Agikuyu whose roots are intricately tied in and knotted with the Europeans – a foreign race that came into Kenya to dominate it for it’s resources. But in order to do this they had to break down and disrupt the dominant tribes who lived in what is popularly referred to as the Kenyan or White Highlands – the Maasai, or the People of Ma’at had to ‘go’. Secondly, the British had to implant and instill pseudo-clones for the continuation of the extraction of the resources that are found within these lands.
But I’m moving too fast – I think…
Let me come srowry…When the Kikuyu, or the white neo-colonizer, comes to the country and robs the people of their land, they are taking away not only their livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family units together. #FacingMountKenya A… Click To Tweet
Whitewashing Kenya’s Real History:
First, let us understand how this book came into being from a man who was not a born writer but whose career began as a parking ticket clerk. eh.
Jomo Kenyatta was born between 1891 and 1897 when East Africa was in the control of the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEAC) – a trading company whose top agenda was profiteering. IBEAC was the administrator of British East Africa which was the forerunner of the East African Protectorate and later yet, Kenya.
The IBEAC was a commercial association founded to cultivate trade in the areas controlled by British colonial power. Created after the Berlin Treaty of 1885 which brutally annexed and divided up Africa rather like a Pizza Inn pizza – IBEAC was led by that most awful of men, William MacKinnon, who built upon his company’s trading activities in the region with the encouragement of the British government through the granting of “imperial charter” — although it remains unclear what this actually meant, but, it “granted immunity of prosecution to British Subjects whilst allowing them the right to raise taxes, impose custom duties, administer justice, make treaties and otherwise act as the authority of the area. (Oliver, Roland (March 1951). Some Factors in the British Occupation of East Africa, 1884–1894.
In other words, in the History of Kenya, despite the murders of millions of Kenyans by white colonialists, only one white man was ever persecuted and given the capital punishment for the deliberate killing of an African – “First hanging of White Man in Kenya Dismays Settlers” – screamed the headline, when Peter Harold Poole, an Englishman, was executed on August 18, 1960 after the Supreme Court of Kenya found him guilty of killing Kamawe Musunge, his African house servant. (James Mwangi, The Standard, August 2013).
“The British subjects, have immunity of prosecution.” To date.
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Before the Berlin Conference, European mercenaries and missionaries who were in truth undercover mercenaries, treated African indigenous people in the same contemptuous manner as they had done to the “New World” Natives or American “Indians” as they were called. The mercenaries formed trading relationships with indigenous chiefs.
In the early 1800’s, the search for ivory in Africa which was then often used in the production of luxurious products – like combs, piano keys, billiard balls and dentures – led many white traders further into the interior of Africa. However, with the exception of trading posts along the coasts, the greater interior of the continent was impenetrable during this period. (Muriel E. Chamberlain, The Scramble for Africa (1999).)
According to my school history lessons in the 1970’s before the incomprehensible 844 was introduced, the fierce Maasai Warriors were a barrier between the Swahili Coast, and the interior of East Africa, from the north of present day Kenya, to the central plains of Tanzania.
There was no getting past them, but the mercenaries often lied, made trade agreements and reneged on their promises. IBEAC itself was a conglomerate that did not care about the humanity of the East African peoples.
Our ancestors existed as commodities of profit – either as beasts of burden, laborers, or curiosities collected for study in Scientific Zoos across Europe including England. All servants and slaves born were noted in the diaries of the administration and each had a price on his head – this then, was imperial privilege.Alkebu-lan is the oldest name for Africa. In Arabic, it means “The Land of the Blacks – Where did Kenya's Empires vanish to? #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Before Facing Mount Kenya:
While in his early thirties, Johnstone Kamau joined the Kikuyu Central Association (KCA), a political organization that strove to make the British administrators understand colonialism’s destructive impact specifically on the Kikuyu people. (Shaw 1995). In particular, the KCA raised attention for the grievances caused by land alienation for in their eyes, as long as the Europeans continued to grab what they called ‘Kikuyu Lands’, the KCA argued that the Kikuyu would be unable to develop into self-governing modern subjects.
However, being racially-ethnic based and founded on patriarchal philosophies, the KCA KoC’s (Kikuyu’s Only Club) did not have much impact within the colony itself as the Kikuyu ‘tribe’ was a minority within the protectorate. Johnstone Kamau’s interest in politics only began from his friendship with James Beauttah, a senior figure and one of the founders of KCA.
Beauttah took Kamau to a political meeting in Pumwani, but, afraid to disrupt his lucrative employment Kamau refused to make a commitment to the organization. Meanwhile, political upheavals occurred across Kikuyu land following World War I. Among these demonstrations against the British Empire were the campaigns of the brilliant Harry Thuku and the East African Association which resulted in the British government massacre of 21 Native protesters in March 1922. Johnstone Kamau though, was visibly absent.
In either 1925 or early 1926, Beauttah moved to Uganda. When the KCA wrote to Beauttah and asked him to travel to London as their representative, he declined but recommended Kamau—who had ‘a good command of English’—to go in his stead. Kamu accepted on the condition that the Association matched his pre-existing salo, which they did, and voilà, Kamau thus became the group’s secretary and shipped himself off to London.
In London he initially sought shelter with the Scottish missionaries for their ways were familiar to him, but the same predicaments that had dogged him in the colony soon followed in London. His troubles began when the missionaries completely withdrew their support once they learned about Johnstone Kamau’s sexual relations with European women outside of marriage, his communist sentiments and his habitual drunkenness. (Ibid.). The mission societies within the Protectorate had also begun to take a firm stance against Kikuyu female circumcision, which Johnstone Kamau was violently against as he advocated pungently for female circumcision. (Berman 1996: 318-319).
Homeless in London, Kamau subsequently went bowl-begging and reached a compromise with liberal imperialists, who introduced him to the British Education system “…in order to improve his language skills..”. However, he realized that the liberal imperialists were only primarily concerned with extending British colonial power further into Kikuyu land, and understood that his agenda and their plans were irreconcilable (Ibid.: 320). Finally though, at 45 years of age, his windfall changed for the better when he met Bronislaw Malinowksi in December of 1934.
About The Russian, Bronislaw Malinowksi and Facing Mount Kenya
East Africa’s population had long fascinated the anthropologist Malinowski specifically because of their fierce rejection of Christianity which was based on the principal that they had their own indigenous cultures which were based on an intricate system of philosophies and beliefs. Malinowski had tried often to organize a fieldwork programme in the colony “to study” different tribes, but he had never managed to pull it off.
Now that Johnstone Kamau was in London, Malinowski jumped on an opportunity – in short shrift, Kamau was enrolled in the department of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics where Prof. Malinowski taught. Soon, an intimate pupil-instructor relation formed between the pair. At the end of his Studies at the London School of Economics, Kamau wrote a thesis in which he propagated Kikuyu customs and traditions as fact . He used the names Jomo Kenyatta, Jomo meaning the sound akin to when withdrawing a sword from it’s sheath, and Kinyatta, the Kikuyu name of a belt worn by Maasai.
The book was an edited version of the thesis which became ‘one of the first modern ethnographies written by an African’. Malionwski had achieved his objective! Both Kenyatta and Malinowski had very large stakes in having the thesis work accepted as academically ‘pure’ and ‘value-neutral’ (see Pels 1999: 109), but in truth, Jomo was not a writer and at 45 was more interested in politics and less in anthropology. His aim was largely to maintain what he called ‘Kikuyu Lands within a Kikuyu Majority’ – the freedom of other peoples of Kenya from colonial rule was never a part of his ambition.
At the time, Malinowski praised Jomo’s work for it’s lack of political purpose and its scientificity but in reality, Facing Mount Kenya was not at all written ‘without any passion or feeling’ and it certainly did not present the facts objectively – it was a political manifesto against British imperialism in ‘Kikuyu Lands’ and it was masqueraded as a cultural historical analysis. (Akker, M.L. van den Title: Monument of Nature, An ethnography of the World Heritage of Mt. Kenya Issue Date: 2016-05-25)
Of the Ashkinazi Jews and the ignoble Brits
While there is not ample space to deal with the whole issue of the Ashkenazi “Zionist” diaspora and its accompanying controversies indepth, there is one issue, however, which, because of the backing it received from Britain and from influential Zionists in Europe, requires our attention as a subject of paramount interest. The issue was the idea to establish a homeland in the British protectorate between 1902 – 1905 for those European Jews who had become victims of pogroms in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe and other parts of far-flung Eastern Europe.
Although these Ashkenazi Jews whose origins are 10,000 kms away from Africa had not been the only victims of racial prejudice and persecution, they have used the Holocaust to push the Zionism & Territorialism Agenda, today understood as a program for the Ashkenazi to push an ideology of wholesale land-grabbing and apartheid within Palestine. But the idea is important to remember, because in 1902 it provoked one of the most virulent reactions from the British settlers in colonial Kenya while at the same time it un-raveled vituperative anti-Semitism across white Kenya. The British and Boer Settlers saw themselves as owners of both the land and the people there within, and as such did not want to share it with any other caucasian, let alone return it to the Africans. (sources: Mwangi wa-Githumo, Transafrican Journal of History Vol. 22 (1993), pp. 87-99 ).
It is thus interesting to note that the book, Facing Mount Kenya was written by a formerly uneducated man who declared passionately in a thesis that is more political than anthropological, that the very lands the Jewish were to inherit, and thus inhabit in actuality belonged to “a very large African tribe known as the Agikuyu.” – and it paid well for the same British Settlers to play into this claim. The Ashkenazi Jews were eventually dumped into Palestine in 1948.
Part 2: FACING MOUNT KENYA – a Running Commentary
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Set in no time-frame, Kenyatta wrote that once upon a time, Gikuyu was given a beautiful wife named Moombi which in Utu (the language of the Bantu) means Creator or Moulder. They settled in a place known as Mokorwe wa Nyagathanga which means “the place of fig trees”.
A “mukuyu” is a species of wild fig tree. A “gikuyu” is a giant or very old wild fig tree. The Kikuyu declare that the bird species ‘nyagathanga’, is an ‘unknown bird’. According to this thesis, Gikuyu treated his wife well enough, and he is an example in Kikuyu folklore of what a true man ought to be.
Against the SisterHood
A few 130 years later (after the death of Gikuyu and Moombi) his sons-in-law had a sit down, and here we commence to see a problem that begins first with land inheritance, for the 10 daughters are the ones who were the inheritors of land, as prescribed by Mogai.
“When Gikuyu and Moombi died, their daughters inherited their movable and immovable property which they shared equally among them.” ‘them’ meaning the Sisters. It is written so, and despite the fact that these Sisters were in charge of a stable society, the foreign men went against their parents-in-laws rule-of-law.
“….It is said that while holding a superior position in the community, the women became domineering and ruthless fighters. They also practiced polyandry. And, through sexual jealousy, many men were put to death for committing adultery or other minor offences. Besides the capital punishment, the men were subject to all kinds of humiliations and injustice. Men were indignant at the way in which the women treated them, and in their indignation they planned to revolt against the women’s administration of justice.
But as the women were physically stronger than the men of that time, and also better fighters, it was decided that the best time for a successful revolt would be during the time when the majority of women especially their leaders, were in pregnancy.”The Mino , or Our Mothers, were an all-female military regiment of the Dahomey Kingdom in western Africa during the 17th to 19th centuries. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
This is just page 6 of a thesis.
The anger is palpable. Jomo Kenyatta, was a furious author:-
“…yet at the beginning, Mogai told Gikuyu that whenever he was in need, he should make a sacrifice and raise his hands towards Kere-Nyaga or the Mountain of Mystery, and the Lord of Nature will come to his assistance”
Gikuyu’s son’s in laws and male grand-children thought otherwise on the raising of hands, the issue of sacrifice, or of facing Kere-Nyaga. They broke the rules and took matters into their own hands.
“… the decision was hailed by the men who were very anxious to overthrow the rule of the opposite sex…” Note that Moombi is now not called as Mogai called her – ‘Creator and Moulder’ but as an ‘opposite’– an – ‘other’ translates as ‘conflicting, contradictory and contrary’. These names were meant to degenerate her entire being, for a woman gives of herself both the physical and spiritual.
Rather than the Kikuyu men being ‘thankful’ towards the kind treatment from their parents in-law and the daughters, or turning to Mogai as Gikuyu the founder of the tribe had been ordered to do by Mogai himself, the men turned ugly and jealous. Remember too, that none of the son-in-laws were the blood of either Gikuyu and Moombi, but ‘handsome? strangers’ who were welcomed and requested to marry the daughters. In truth, these son in laws wanted the lands and material property that had been given to their wives, as their own.
Derogatory name-calling & The Beginning of a Curse*
(A curse is not just to “throw words”. It is an actionable deed where the receiver receives no settlement, peace or stability in life – it is being separate from contentment, and is the creation of pain.)
In order to deprive or steal from a good and moral person there is a practice of demoralization. It is also a political medium. Always the person is de-humanized. The disparaging effect is a psychological tool practiced during colonization and slavery – which are the exact same methodology known as capitalism, for capitalism cannot exist outside of either colonialism or slavery, it is a symbiotic relationship – and consists of turning a person into an ‘other’ – an ‘object’ – a ‘thing’. A derogatory name.
The real curse of using demeaning words is that the victim can start to believe that they are fundamentally wrong. They can start to believe that they have less value in the society than the person who is slurring their names. In other words, a victims very sense of self is shattered by the words and actions of others, and once shattered, it is easy to further degrade them, and once degraded, they do not have the moral energy to rebuild themselves.A curse is not just to “throw words”. It is an actionable deed where the receiver receives no settlement, peace or stability in life – it is being separate from contentment, and is the creation of pain. #FacingMountKenya A Running… Click To Tweet
The Kikuyu male and the Kenyan man
Has the male culture of a single tribe spilled over from a small section to an entire country? Yes, for in many ethnic groupings around Kenya, men are more often than not, gentle towards the feminine form. Yet today in the cities we have many of us both male and female, noted with concern that the Kenyan man ‘describes’ himself in the terms of the world, by a certain ‘kikuyu-ness’. He is ridiculed by the Kikuyu man if he shows affinity towards his females (ume kaliwa chapati) and while it rubs off on many non-kikuyu males as offensive, it has alas, been named as the epitome of Kenyan man through peer pressure, non-stop publicity, literature and ‘advertising’.
The Kikuyu Man, issa brand.
Things Fall Apart
By page 7 of Facing Mount Kenya, the political narrative has already been introduced and readers can began to decipher how ‘things fall apart’ within the Kikuyu Society, for in his story Jomo Kenyatta unwittingly leads us to some political truths of this tribe, to the character and to the personality of the Kikuyu male.Jomo Kenyatta unwittingly leads us to some political truths of this tribe, to the character and to the personality of the Kikuyu male. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
“…the decision was hailed by the men who were very anxious to overthrow the rule of the opposite sex. At once the men held a secret meeting in which they arranged a suitable date to execute their plan. On the day appointed to carry out the initial stage of the revolt, the men started to act enthusiastically. They embarked on a campaign to induce the women leaders and a majority of their brave followers to have sexual intercourse with them.
The women were unfortunately deceived by the flattery of the men, and blindly agreed to their inducements without knowing the wicked plans the men had made to overthrow the women’s rule. The men, after completing the first act, quietly waited for the results. After six moons had elapsed the men then saw clearly that their plan had materialized. At once they organized into groups and finally carried out the revolt without much resistance.
For the brave women were almost paralysed by the condition in which they were. The men triumphed, took over the leadership in the community and became the heads of their families instead of the women. Immediately steps were taken to abolish the system of polyandry and to establish the system of polygamy…”
The Curse of A Role Reversal
“The men also decided to change the original name of their tribe, as well as the names of the clans which were given under the matriarchal system to new ones under the patriarchal system. They succeeded in changing the name of the tribe from Rorerer wa Mbari ya Moombi to Rorerer wa Gikuyu (i.e. Gikuyu nation or the Children of Gikuyu).
But when it came to the changing of the clan names, the women were very infuriated and strongly decided against the change, which they looked upon as a sign of ingratitude on the part of the men.
The women frankly told the men that if they dared to eliminate the names which stood as a recognition that the women were the original founders of the clan system, the women would refuse to bear anymore children. And to start with, they would kill all the male children who were born as a result of the treacherous plan of the revolt..”
I have read many a book on anthropology, and this one is particularly strange. What I did not know at 11 and what I know now is that Jomo wrote it more as a political argument that early on, begins with the negation of the female. Jomo Kenyatta wrote this book in his 45th year, and nobody was, or has been allowed to critique it – well, no one in Kenya that I know of, and no female of this “tribe”.
Critiques of Kenyatta were called dissidents and traitors, kidnapped, tortured or assassinated. Many writers fled Kenya – and the book has therefore been forced on a Kikuyu population and the world at large at its face value for over 80 years.
Part 3: FACING MOUNT KENYA – a Running CommentaryDid the 10 daughters, Warrior Queens of Moombi, really exist or were they made up? #FacingMountKenya Click To Tweet
Dismantling African Myths:
The Kikuyu have existed as a tribe for a maximum of about 100 years. They are a small tribe, but as I shall try to explain, the strange unafrican traditions that Jomo Kenyatta wrote in Facing Mount Kenya allows for an ‘eating of other communities’ in order for the ‘tribe’ to amass land, and to increase population numbers.
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When a Kikuyu male buys land, it becomes ‘kikuyuland’ whether it is in Mombasa or Samburu. It is a largely colonial principal and this is why many Kikuyu, do not ‘look Kikuyu’ – these have been assimilated into the Kikuyu tribe.Africa is a continent of one Bantu. There is nothing like Tribe …there are no Nilotics nor Cushites, it’s yet another hairy lie… #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
As Kenyatta himself prefaces in his book, “…the usual european way of spelling this word is “Kikuyu” which is incorrect as it should be Gikuyu or in the strict phonetic spelling, Gokoyo. This form refers only to the country itself. A Gikuyu person is MuGiKuYu or in plural aGiKuYu.
The older, more ancient group name was Moombi. When searching for the existence of a people, historians often use the science of etymology. Moombi is M-B-Y, for Utu consisted mainly of consonants for vowels were introduced by the european. When we talk of the people of Africa, the word bantu means not a ‘type of tribe’ but means people – B-T-U Bantu – wa-tu – w-t-u – utu.
Africa Bantu Nations Speak Hieroglyphics Today – Facing Mount Kenya
African’s historically saw themselves not in terms of ‘tribes’ but in terms of a fluid movement of Utu – People. The terms nilotic, cushite, bantu were erroneously and deliberately introduced by the European in an effort to contain and compress the Africans into a ‘box’ – in today’s slang, we would say, ‘amewekwa box’ – this is essentially what happened to East Africans. We were diced up, and placed into little boxes.African’s historically saw themselves not in terms of ‘tribes’ but in terms of a fluid movement of Utu – People. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Jomo Kenyatta wrote so, that “….culture has no meaning apart from the social organisation of life on which it is built…” Culture has no meaning AWAY from the social organization of the lifestyle and customs on which it is built..” – whether he came upon this anthropological conclusion by himself or it was discovered by Professor Malionwski can be debated upon, but the modern anthropologist knows this as truth.
Culture is what holds Africans together, and culture is tied not only to humans, but to the lands, the waters, the hills, mountains – the earth – and all that swims in the waters, walks, crawls, flies and grows within her sphere/realm or domain.
Without a code or culture, there is no “living” – or life.Africa is a continent of one Bantu. There is nothing like 'Tribe' …there are no Nilotics nor Cushites, it’s yet another hairy lie… FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Kenyans today face a grim life with many youth stating that they have no “life” – that “life is meaningless”, or that they “.. cannot afford life..” – the adages are many, and the reason for this is a complete cultural breakdown and a general cognitive dissonance that refuses to accept facts as presented. The code, is lost.
So deeply wedged and compressed are the untruths about we as Kenyans that truth does not trickle to the surface. The older psychologists are at a loss, having gained Degrees from the same system that teaches a veneration of the white man and his theories and a diminishing of African practicality.
In fact, it has been established that many University institutions have the most institutionalized programs – especially when one dares present views or write a thesis that is outside of the accepted parameters. Any material that is contra to, or controversial to the universities views or outlook is frowned upon.
Thus, those whom are Africa’s “intellectuals” – the Scientists, Doctors and Psychologists are often at a loss – mimicking their European counterparts in trying to treat Mental unease with Big Pharma chemicals, a Mental unease which is as a result of the very lies that have been told to us, and that continue being replicated to us – that Black, is vile and daft, and that we have no code.
This is just a tip of the ice-burg, for universities also morph Black bright youngers into a coon clique that is unable to understand the needs of the greater black sisters and brothers majority – what they call their poor “dumb cousins”, or “village relatives”. University education and intellectualism elevates the learned into an Elite alliance all of it’s own that rarely returns itself to the problems of the masses.
I once spoke to a bitter old pastoralist man in the heart of an Isiolo conservancy who said that “… not having proper schools in the marginalized areas separates us from our children and destroys our cultures – they go to Nairobi to learn, living with aunts and uncles who may not treat them well, but in those expensive schools, they forget about the cows and camels. By the time they are finished with this education, they know nothing about their culture and nothing about their landscape..they are technically useless which leads to a loathsome bitterness…”
But, a younger more literate generation that has access to millions of files of knowledge online has, in an effort to understand the historical ills that have dodged them, gone backwards into our rich and deep African history to try and understand societal issues, finding that most are caused by two factors; a widespread breakdown of our cultures, and the subsequent imprudent adoption of foreign ‘life-styles’ which, like pain medication, do not address the core issues but simply dull agony.Africa is a continent of one Bantu. There is nothing like 'Tribe' We are not divided into ‘tribes, religions or regions’. This has been the sham all along – we are one people. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Africa is a continent of one Bantu. There is nothing like ‘Tribe’
We are not divided into ‘tribes, religions or regions’. This has been the sham all along – we are all, one peoples with different skin tones, different heights, different noses, different weights, different eye shapes, and different hair types. Africa is a continent of one Bantu. Including the Kikuyu, as vile as their history is.
“When the European comes to the country and robs the people of their land, the white is taking away not only their livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family together. In doing this he gives blows, and these blows cut away at the foundations from the whole of Gikuyu life – social, moral, and economic.
When the European explains to his own satisfaction and after the most superficial glance at the issues involved, that he is doing this for the sake of the Africans, to civilize them, to teach them the disciplinary value of regular work, and give them the benefit of European progressive ideas, he is adding insult to injury, and convinces no one but himself.” (Adapted, Jomo Kenyatta 1938: 305)
Jomo Kenyatta was sly, and he understood what the European and the British had come to do in Africa. At first one is suitably excited when he denounces the Scottish Mission and Christian Theology – then one becomes puzzled when he expects his subjects to shift back to the very ideology that he himself had rejected.
The Church became one of the strongest sectors of the state, dictating to Mzee Kenyatta, and to all Kenyans, the political direction of the entire nation. BUT, take note of the fact that while he was not unique in talking about the British and the European in general making land claims through a narrative of historical affiliation, his deception was that he addressed a single ‘tribe’, and thus contradicted himself at every turn. And this is the problem with Kenya today.
Political freedom, land ownership and citizen privileges do not benefit Kenyans. These benefits have historically aided and still advance the Kikuyu Catholic first, then the Kikuyu Christian second. It is an example of the frequent inconsistencies and incongruences tossed out by the Late Founding Father, for Johnstone Kamau was raised by the Scottish Missionaries – whom are not Catholic, but High Anglican (yet another division within the Christian Church).
This is why I stated and keep repeating that this book and the contradictions in Kenyatta’s life are deliberate, to further obscure and muddy his, and the Kikuyu’s already ambiguous history. From roughly the late 1920s onwards the British colonial administration was continuously confronted by groups of people asserting their land rights across Kenya on the basis of cultural histories (Lonsdale 2008: 307). But the British had no time, nor sympathy with this narrative for they had come to extract wealth. Thus, they alienated and separated people away from themselves – they divided East African “subjects” away from the fluid (always moving and resettling) Utu movements into dense and “Exclusive Tribal” sections of their creation, at their whim.
They forbade locals to plant cotton or tobacco, they declared ‘mavaki’, marijuana and locally made brews illegal. They uprooted ArrowRoots and poisoned forest fruits, streams and wells. They forbade us to produce Iron or copper. The British set huts on fire and killed women and children, again, at whim. They initiated hunting bans, forbade the ‘African’ from carrying guns on his own land, forbade men to gather wild honey from their own forests. They put up boundaries, declared No Go Zones for others. African men were shot for sport.
The British though, made exclusive tribal contracts with Chiefs that were often concealed from the people. They were also secretive – deliberate negotiations and manipulations of tribal identities by colonial administrators, and in many cases, by Africans themselves. (see for instance Hamilton 1998; Pels 1996).
One of these coon aka “HomeGuard” Africans was Jomo Kenyatta, and thus the reason for his writing a book about a tribe that had never in reality, existed. This division was based on what the white administrators, white missionaries and white anthropologists forced on the people as cultural markers, despite the people’s refusal, and it paved the way for a distinct colonial geography of native “reserves” that assumed a connection between culture and territory.
To this day, those reserves remain. Now known as ‘Counties’ they used to be known as Reserves – the ‘Kikuyu’ Reserve, the Akamba Reserve, The Meru Reserve, etc. Our cultures have stagnated, we have been locked, on land.
Traveling across Africa
In his drawing up of invisible borders across African land, the European effectively cut us off from ourselves, concentrating and ushering us into pens. Leaving those pens required permission and the permission passes became more and more difficult to obtain, and a hostility.
Today traveling includes permissions to pass various ports or portals, and entrance fees (visa), agreement contracts stating the nature and length of a visit – an intrusion into our personal lives. This Big Brother Mentality is disheartening and frustrating for the mostly quiet African traveler – and that is exactly the point. For if we traveled more, we would know whom we are, we would share stories, poetry, songs and writing. Our Arts, Comedies and Dances would awaken lost memories.In his drawing up of invisible borders across African land, the European effectively cut us off from ourselves, concentrating and ushering us into pens. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
In Kenya we have been taught separatism and segregation by territory, and there is a underlying hostility when entering “Kikuyu Territory” by non-Kikuyu, or non catholic/christian. Note that three of the Abrahamic faiths which were founded in North and North East Africa profoundly affect and relate largely to the people of Africa – these are the Christian, Judaism, and the Islamic faiths. In the 3,000 years before the white person came into Africa, there were two journeys that Africans undertook and have been taking since the beginning of time – one was to Jerusalem, known by it’s pre-biblical name Uru-Salim, and the other annual journey was to Mecca.
Both these annual trips were for trade & commerce, and this side of the common era, as we have been ‘informed’ by the white man, our ancestors apparently travelled to these cities to worship our gods. Nonsense. The word Mecca, means “a large market – a meeting place”. The Temples in Uru-Salim were learning institutions where students would live for years and learn the code of life for the planet – sciences, astronomy, mathematics, philosophies.
Other places where we as Africans often travelled to was Timbuktu, that greatest of all learning institutions worldwide and well placed smack-bang, in the heart of Africa. The city of Alexandria in Egypt had the greatest of libraries but this was burnt down by Roman Julius Caesar in 48BC.
Journeying across Africa was often by camel caravan while the wealthy traveled by horse. There are thousands of images across Africa that show both male and female warriors with horses, while Queens and Kings rode Elephants. Homes were ornate camps set up where one stopped before the setting of the sun. One of the most famous stories is told of Mansa Musa, the King of Mali whom traveled for Pilgrimage to Mecca.
Another is the Queen of Sheba aka Queen Makeda, who traveled from her lands which included present day Yemen, to Uru-Salim where Solomon built a magnificent University or learning institution, for he was known as the wisest of men. From the interior of what was known as Central Africa beyond the great lakes, to the North through the Sudan, there were trade routes to Lamu, and to Manbaça/ Manbasa/ or Mvita, this last derived from Shehe Mvita.
Meanwhile within Tanganika there were various Trade Routes to Bagamoyo, Tanga, Dar-es-Salaam and Kilwa Kisiwani. The Unguja islands, (referred to informally as Zanzibar) including Pemba Island had black African Muslims who practiced Ibaada, a form of early Islaam.
In Ethiopia, the Christian faith embodies the man Yeshua, as a holy black man, and one of their ancestors as they have links with King Solomon. The symbol of Christianity also stems from Makeda and Menelik, Solomon’s son. She raised him in Ethiopia, and this Kingdom dates to the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, when the King Ezana first adopted the faith, as Kings and Queens frequently travelled to Uru Salim.
The largest pre-colonial Christian church of Africa was the Ethiopian Church which had a membership of between 40 and 46 million people. Having no outside influence, the persona of Yeshua is stubbornly African and the Ethiopians persistently embrace this knowledge. In Yemen’s Sana’a in 1901, a German man ‘discovered’ a group of pure Sephardic Jews that had not received any exterior influence.
Yet Europeans made and continue to make constant “assumptions” (a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof – a knowledge which is based on theory) that these lands had all been “ravaged” by Muslims, and that Muslims, Christians or Jews could not exist together peacefully – but we DO. To date.
However in Kenya our founding father held firmly to and broadcast the lie that “we” – the Kikuyu and essentially all Kenyans, were a static non-traveling group of people whom have no history outside of the Facing Mount Kenya thesis. The myth becomes a simpletons story, not founded on facts, but written as a “fairy story”. This psychology is fairly simple. When a government cages a people physically they become dumb because Big Brother can limit what information goes into the cage.
Make travel difficult, expensive and unobtainable to the common masses, impose strict rules. This is why the British stopped Kenyans in Eastern Africa from traveling. When we compare the above to Kenyan history, we find that much of Kikuyu culture is not only confused, but that stories from different families do not match up, there are no artifacts, no drawings, no art, no music, no talent, no true knowledge of their lands, no Kings and surprisingly for AFRICA, no Queens.
Bantu (Watu) movements
Utu movement was much more fluid than it is now, and rarely permanent apart from our cities, thus in order to find the roots of the Utu of ‘Moombi’, we would have to transverse further than what is now marked as ‘Kikuyu-land’ and that the clues of the origins of the now known tribe known as Agikuyu would be to look for a civilization where women were warriors and ruled for over one hundred years.
While reading the following keep in mind that historically the demise of the African Spiritual and Warrior Queen began with the introduction of the patriarchal Romano ideology commonly referred to as Christianity and always disseminated by the Caucasian. In terms of physical space the British occupied that huge piece of land from the Swahili Coast to Western Uganda, dubbed it the ‘British Protectorate’ and set up invisible borders.
Looking for a race of Warrior Queens within our current borders is to propagate the lie – we are Africans, and Africa, is a Continent. To the West of current “Kenya”, which is central to East Africa, is the lake is known as Nalubale which means ‘the lake of the Goddesses’ in the Buganda Language.Queens built the great Kingdoms of dzimba-hwe (Zimbabwe), which means "venerated houses" in the Zezuru dialect of Shona, referencing chiefs' houses. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Further west, to present day West Africa, was a kingdom that a famous warrior tribe known as the Mino, which means “our mothers” – a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin which lasted until the end of the 19th century. This Kingdom extended to present day East Africa. To the East were the great civilizations of Axum where women were fierce fighters and warriors, while to the North and South were the greatest of Tall Dark Warriors, the people of Maa/ Nubians/Ma’at.
In the North these Utu were known as Egyptians/Sudanese/ from the land of Kemet whom were ruled often, by great Queens, and in the South these same people built the great Kingdoms of Zimbabwe, the name which represents a contracted form of dzimba-hwe, which means “venerated houses” in the Zezuru dialect of Shona, and usually references chiefs’ houses.
The truth is harsher yet.
Did Moombi and her 10 warrior daughters exist? Are they factual people?
I think so. Jomo Kenyatta’s book is taken from a factual accounts which was twisted it into a Kikuyu fable for political purposes that extend beyond the Kenyan dichotomy. Note however that he did not have the mental capacity to do this writing alone, always remember that – he was a stooge.
Warrior QueensDid Moombi and her 10 warrior daughters exist? Are they factual people? #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Tassi Hangbé was a stateswoman who ruled the Kingdom of Dahomey from 1708 to 1711. Her father, King Houegbadja who ruled from 1645 to 1685 as the third King of Dahomey is said to have originally started the group – which would later become ‘the Mino’, as a corps of elephant hunters called the gbeto. The Kingdom of Dahomey was a pre-colonial African Kingdom that existed from about 1600 until 1894, when the last king, Béhanzin was defeated by the French, and the country annexed into the French colonial empire. Dahomey had developed on the Abomey Plateau amongst the Fon in the early 17th century and became a regional power in the 18th century by conquering key cities on the Atlantic coast.
It had an organized domestic economy built on conquest, slave labor, significant international trade with Europeans, a centralized administration, taxation systems, and an organized military. Notable in the kingdom were significant artwork, the all-female military unit, the elaborate religious practices of Vodun and the large festival of the Annual Customs of Dahomey.
During this festival which was attended by Africans from across the region, they traded slaves captured during wars and raids and exchanged them with Europeans for goods such as bayonets, firearms, and spirits. (Alpern, Stanley B. (1998). Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey (1st ed.). New York, U.S.: New York University Press.)
The Mino were rigorously trained and given uniforms. Training consisted of intense physical exercises, survival skills and learning to become indifferent to physical pain by storming acacia thorn defenses in military exercises (that is painful. Ever stepped on an acacia thorn?) Control of emotional pain was taught through the execution of prisoners. Serving in the Mino offered women the opportunity to “rise to positions of command and influence” in an environment that was structured for individual empowerment.
They were wealthy, held high status, and began to take prominent roles in the Grand Council, debating the policy of the kingdom. From the 1840s to 1870s (when the opposing party collapsed), they generally supported peace with Abeokuta and stronger commercial relations with England, favouring the trade in palm oil, above that of slaves; this however, set them at odds with their male military colleagues who preferred the selling of slaves. By the mid-19th century, they numbered about 6,000 women, a third of the entire Dahomey army according to reports written by visitors.
The women’s army consisted of a number of regiments: huntresses, riflewomen, reapers, archers, and gunners. Each regiment had different uniforms, weapons and commanders. In the latter period, the Dahomean female warriors were armed with Winchester rifles, clubs and knives and units were under female command. An 1851 published translation of a war chant of the women claims the warriors would chant, “as the blacksmith takes an iron bar and by fire changes its fashion so have we changed our nature. We are no longer women, we are men.” The troops were disbanded when the kingdom became a French protectorate.
According to a historian who traced the lives of almost two dozen ex-Mino, all the women displayed difficulties adjusting to life as retired warriors, often struggling to find new roles in their communities that gave them a sense of pride comparable to their former lives. Many displayed a tendency to start fights or arguments that frightened their neighbours and relatives. Between 1934 and 1942, several British travelers in Abomey recorded encounters with ex-Mino, now old women who spun cotton or idled around courtyards. The last survivor of the Dahomey Mino is thought to have been a woman named Nawi. In a 1978 interview with a Beninese historian, Nawi claimed to have fought the French in 1892. Nawi, a Former Mino, died in November 1979, aged well over 100 years.
In Kikuyu, the word for mother, is Maito.
Part 4: FACING MOUNT KENYA – a Running CommentaryUnable to conceive that the our statues and buildings clearly portrayed black advanced civilization, became enraged and destroyed most Africa’s cities and Pyramids. #FacingMountKenya A Running Commentary. Click To Tweet
Main Picture is a statue in the Desert Sands of Sudan which has more pyramids than neighbouring Egypt. The Nubian temples in Dangeil or Meroe are a part of the last Nubian Kingdom 300 BC–AD 300. They are built of granite and sandstone.
The pyramids were partially demolished by Italian Giuseppe Ferlini in the 1830’s. He was a combat medic who turned ‘explorer’ and later ‘treasure hunter’. I have read many times and listened to accounts that stated that often, whites, unable to conceive that the our statues and buildings clearly portrayed ‘a black advanced civilization’ became enraged and destroyed much of Africa’s cities, burning, looting and taking even clothes to their museums as ‘treasures’.
A Writing Culture – Facing Mount Kenya
Africans have been writing for over 5000 years, but the general African public and even scholars of African literature are often unaware of these early literatures, believing that African literature starts in the late 1950s as the result of colonization. In this view, Africa is a savage Caliban who is introduced to writing by a European Prospero and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is his first articulation! (Note that Facing Mount Kenya does NOT count as literature….).
Westerners assume that whatever writing happened to be done on the continent was not done by Africans or in African languages and scripts – until very recently, and even then with much skeptism, even from the Africans themselves. Sad. This lack of awareness of the three thousand years of African writing is particularly surprising given the legions of pre-twentieth-century African texts that historians have uncovered and studied in the past fifty years! Yet the African public has not been educated!
While historians labor to overturn long-held misconceptions about Africa as a place “without history”, literary critics from Europe have done little to own up to their academic assumptions of Africa as a place without literature. To date African history text books do not mention the libraries of Timbuktu and Alexandria, the reading and writing culture of those on the Swahili Coast, and the arts and architecture of Iberia.
The extraordinarily rich trove of pre-twentieth century African continental literatures has yet to be written about in any depth by Euro-American literary critics, but that’s okay – but where are the African Critics themselves? Certainly, no single book to date addresses their work at length and almost no literary essays published outside of Africa address the continental works.
But ancient Africa had many indigenous scripts including hieroglyphs and hieratic, both developed in Egypt around five thousand years ago to represent the ancient Egyptian language. Egyptians then invented Demotic, which was related to Hieratic, and Coptic, which was related to Greek and used to represent African language.
Nubians used all the Egyptian scripts, but also invented their own – Meroitic, to represent the African languages of Meroitic and Old Nubian. Meanwhile in North Africa and the Sahel, black non-arab Africans invented the Libyco–Berber scripts to represent a variety of Berber (Black) languages, while East Africans invented Ethiopic or Gəˁəz, to represent the African language of Gəˁəz.
Along the Swahili Coast, Kiswahili was spoken in-land as far west the Congo, as far north as Sudan, and is older than Arabic by about 700 years. In the medieval period, Black Indigenous Africans in East, West, and North Africa used the Arabic script, but in the early modern period, Africans invented Ajami, which is related to the Swahili -Arabic script, for both their East and West African languages.
It is only in the twentieth century that the Roman alphabet came to be used widely in Africa, and local languages were banned in Mission Schools. (adapted, Wendy Laura Belcher, Early African Literature: An Anthology of Written Texts from 3000 BCE to 1900 CE)
“East Africa, so far as it received attention in the early nineteenth century was counted as part of the Muslim World and from these limits Islam has not receded – from the coastal shores of the Indian Ocean and past the Great Lakes Region into the Kingdom of the Buganda.
There is no single Islam culture without literacy. Before the European penetration into South and East Africa, the peoples in these parts might have been classified either as ‘military & pastoral’ or ‘agricultural & industrial’ – with a prejudice against tillage which still persists in some parts of East and South Africa.
The Great Lakes Plateau consists of an average elevation exceeding 3000 feet. It is a region of distinctive physique in the geography of Africa. With it the neighboring ocean littoral is to be included, for cultural and commercial association with the interior highland, are intimate.” – (AFRICA, a Social, Economic and Political Geography of it’s Major Regions”, 1934, Walter Fitzgerald)
In other words, there existed a vibrant trade right across Africa, and East Africa was central to this trade. There were also clear caravan routes, civilizations, there were “military & pastoral” as well as “agricultural & industrial” communities, and along the coast, there were communities which spoke a distinct language – Kiswahili – which penetrated the inland as far as Western Congo and to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean!
If one was to take Facing Mount Kenya at face value with Kenyatta on the cover dressed in a coarse Raymonds Wool blanket caressing a crude spear, it portrays the people of East African as illiterate and as fanciful as the ‘native’ characters found in the Tarzan & Jane novels. (Tarzan of the Apes tells the story of Tarzan – meaning “White Skin” in ape language?? who is adopted as a baby by the she-ape Kala?? after his parents, the Lord and Lady Greystoke, pass away after being marooned in West Africa!!)
The Tarzan books were printed first in 1912, and Jomo Kenyatta’s thesis was published in 1938. Note that while his cover had him dressed in a blanket, he himself, never dressed like that in either Nairobi or London!! Throw in the fact that his cover was unlike the many pictures we see of Kings and Queens across Africa a few years before his book was written – in palaces, seated on Thrones, richly garbed and approached by the European who had to make obeisance. In his book this entire plateau is a seemingly isolated “dark-ages uncivilized group of communities” an idea that both the Kikuyu and British often thrust at other Kenyans, with them belonging to that hierarchy of the ‘most civilized’.
This is why Kenyans have cognitive dissonance when presented with historical facts – eg, that the wa-Pemba and those who lived along the East African Coast boasted of stone and coral buildings – of double and triple story homes, of fine beautifully built masjids decorated with tiles and precious stones. Of indoor toilets. Of plumbing. Of women wearing gold filigree and clothes made of silk, of wearing shoes, of hot water baths, of a culture of reading and writing.
The Swahili boasted of using porcelain cutlery, slept on beds with sheets and pillows, and had intermarriages with the Chinese, Omani and Indians, spoke several languages fluently, including Mandarin and Arabic. Each Masjid had a madrassa, where both male and female students went to study.
Further inland, the Kingdom of the Buganda was a fully fledged kingdom with all of the political ramifications of a modern civilized nation. In Western Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, there are accounts written by white observers of Ugandan doctors performing C-Sections on mothers in the 1800’s, with both mother and child surviving.
In Ethiopia, there was Menelik II who rode both Elephants and Lions whom ruled from 1889 to his death in 1913. He held the title of Negus or King of Shewa from 1866–89 and was remembered for leading Ethiopian troops against Italy and winning the Battle of Adwa. Why is it that as we approach Muranga, when we come to central Kenya through the eyes of Jomo, history fizzles out entirely and we turn into a people without any historical past?
The 9 Strangers – An Investigation
If Moombi and her daughters was a story tale borrowed from the Mino, whom were the ‘ men’ adopted into the Rorerer wa Mbari ya Moombi and where were their origins?
Let us try and answer this question… By elimination, these men were not of the of Eastern Africa Highlands which we now know extended from the Northern highlands of Axum, stretched to the Great Lakes Region and past present day Uganda to the Congo, ended just below Lake Malawi in present day Tanzania. In the 1950’s History taught that the Kikuyu are stated to be kin to the Congolese. But my great grandmothers stories led me to believe that the first Kikuyu were known as the Gumba, a small tribe of extremely dark short men who did come from Congo, but dwelled in caves within the forests.
Other tales on the ‘origins’ of the Kikuyu include being related to the Mijikenda as they wandered eastwards from Middle Africa. One thing is clear – the Kikuyu did not originate from these lands, as according to the fable, they were “strangers and unknown” to both Gikoyo, Moombi and the 10 Warrior Sisters. By horseback, it would take a less than a week to travel around Mount Kenya, a bit more, to travel to the Great Lakes Region.
Note that there is no culture of agri-culture at this point. In doing a study on the people of Lamu I came across the history of a Chinese ship that had crashed on the coral reefs of one of the smaller outlying islands known as Paté. There, in a village of stone huts set amongst dense mangrove trees, a number of elderly men said that that they were descendants of Chinese sailors, shipwrecked on Paté many centuries ago.
Their ancestors had traded with the local Africans, who had given them among other gifts, zebras and giraffes to take back to China; On this particular journey, their Ship was driven onto the nearby reef and was unable to be repaired. The sailors asked if they could stay and marry the daughters, of which the Elders agreed – but on one condition, that they must first convert to Islam in order to marry the Lamu daughters. The difference between the above story and that of the Kikuyu is the storyline – it is historical fact that can be proven while the Kikuyu myth is an obscure and deliberately ambiguous one.
I’rua – FGM & the Trauma of Pain
Further along the book, we are pounded but not surprised with Kenyatta’s arguments in favour of female circumcision that reflected “theories of functionalism”, a branch of social anthropology commenced – coincidentally– (at this point I am allowed to be sarcastic) by his Professor Malinowski, which views rituals in terms of the social functions they perform.
Female circumcision, also known as clitoridectomy or, in today’s more politicised language, FGM aka female genital mutilation – was practiced in Kenya’s 1930s – but by only 21% of the Kikuyu. Despite the low numbers, Kenyatta defended, insisted and pushed FGM in the name of supporting the principle of “age-grading” ( the organisation of society around age-groups) as a tool for education, and particularly for teaching endurance.
The larger context in which this question arose, however, was around the rights of native Africans to practice “their traditions” (note: this by Malinowski). Hence, in the second edition of Facing Mount Kenya, the subtitle of Kenyatta’s thesis changed from “tribal life” to “traditional life of the Gikuyu.”
Yes, I got hung up a lot on the sentence where Jomo defended FGM as a tool for education and particularly for teaching endurance – what endurance do you teach through FGM?
The debate on female circumcision (known locally as i’rua – from the word ruo– aatuurirũo pain/painful/tear apart) became heated in 1929 when the mission Church of Scotland in Kenya finally banned the practice, and furthermore required all of its members to pledge the same.
Kenyatta was already in London when this ban took place, but he was livid. Note that the Kikuyu Central Association KCA membership was entirely male, and as the General Secretary, he retaliated by taking a stand in favour of FGM. What was going on in his head? Can I state that his stance on FGM was informed by a political allegiance and a position against dominance by first the church and then the Crown?
Kenyatta had two ambitions in writing his thesis – to regain the lands lost that the son’s in law had stolen from the Daughers of Mombi – by all means necessary – from the white man and, to make sure that the Moombi daughters were in constant I’rua and thus unable to regain control of their lands. Remember that the daughters even in old age were physically stronger than the men, and well-disciplined in the arts of war and combat.
There are families in Mount Kenya who practice FGM, and there are secondary boarding schools in Meru County whom refuse to accept girls who have not been circumcised. “In the last one month, at least 10 girls aged between 12 and 17 years from Tharaka South and Igambang’ombe sub-counties have been rescued by police after undergoing circumcision.
In some instances, newly married women are forced by their mothers-in-law to undergo the cut “so as to fit in the community”. – Alex Njiru, Daily Nation, December 2018
You’re reading this. Know that FGM has been scientifically proven to be singularly the most excruciating cutting performed on a female. In the pain meter scale where broken femurs, split shin bones, cluster headaches, shingles and toothaches are identified as ‘the most painful experiences’ that a human can suffer – FGM is 4,000% more painful. It is so painful, that it destroys the female psyche and cripples a female soul – for life. It degrades her body and kills her spirit.
Infibulation or pharaonic circumcision is the “sewn closed” category which involves cutting of the inner and/or outer labia and stitching of the wound leaving only a small hole for the release of urine and menstrual blood.. Worse, it causes fistula during birth and agonizing pain when birthing, as the vulva are absent, and there is scaring where the muscles become inflexible and hard thus unable to dilate for birth. The condition where the bottom of the vagina wall rips a hole through to the anal wall during birth when the baby cannot naturally emerge from the vagina is known as Fitsula.
FGM is a curse. And it’s history is rooted in Rome.
When the branch of Europeans known as Roma first arrived in Rome, during the period known as the Byzantine Empire, they divided themselves up as those who had direct linkages and ancestry from the Gods, and those men and women whom were mortal, thus doomed to a life of servitude and poverty. So great and mighty where these Patriarchs, the Elitists, that they named themselves ‘Blue Bloods’ on account of the colour of their veins seen through their pale strangely white skin.
Slaves were not allowed to bear children of the gods, and babies born from these unions were thrown to the wild wolf packs that roamed outside the city. Later it became easier to control the woman’s sexuality through FGM in its severest form (infibulation). Other female slaves had fibulae (broochs) pierced through their labia to prevent them from getting pregnant.
Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo notes that, “…a widespread assumption places the origins of female genital cutting in pharaonic Egypt. This would be supported by the contemporary term ‘pharaonic circumcision’, and while there’s evidence of male circumcision in Old Kingdom Egypt, there is none for females. This was not common practice in ancient Egypt. There is no physical evidence in mummies, neither is their anything in the art or literature…”
Timelines of The Betrayal
- The Land.
- Authority. Female Warriors and Keepers of the Land
- Balance. The Etymology of Language and Things
After the role reversal and the revolt by the Kikuyu men, there was a loud cry by women across the lands. A cry, of betrayal. It has been scientifically proven that Cortisol, a natural drug in our bodies, released during deep emotional pain, will affect an infants growth. These women, were pregnant. Cortisol can elevate the blood pressure and the heart rate, increase blood sugar, and interrupt digestive and kidney functions.
Infants are likely to develop when older, high levels of drug and alcohol dependency, depression, lack of attention (ADD) aggression, bullying and mental health problems such as Bi-Polar and Schizophrenia. (M.R. Gunnar, “Quality of care and buffering of neuroendocrine stress reactions: potential effects on the developing human brain,” Prev Med 27, no. 2 (Mar-Apr 1998): 208-11.) Kenyatta’s Kikuyu generation of men were serious alcohol drinkers.
1. The Land:
1. The Land: needs care, for “…according to the Tribal Legend, we are told that in the beginning of things, when mankind began to populate the earth, the man Gikuyu, the founder of the tribe was called by the Mogai – the Divider of the Universe – and was given as his share the land, ravines, the rivers, the forests, the game, and all the gifts that Mogai bestowed on Mankind…” – in understanding etymology it is important to notice language flow and descriptive words. Kenyatta’s use of the words ‘divider’ ‘his share’ and ‘the game’ (not animals) points to a language that is both rigid and not belonging to an African genre.
In his texts concerning the ownership of the lands, Kenyatta fails to understand the context of African land ownership – that land cannot be owned by man, that land belongs to a community and requires a balance of maintenance, sustenance and nourishment, and that the land had been in the care of the 10 sisters plus their Mother, for a period of at least 100 years. In a single week, the care of the land, was overturned. So too, was the army. It was a coup d’etat extraordinaré, only that a problem immediately arose.
2. Ownership: As the women descended into the pain of treachery, a deep fear, wailing and brokenness spread throughout the lands, and there was a noticeable absence – there were no women warriors to take care of the land. For had not the men taken over that mantle? Abruptly, in less than a week, the women were bullied to stay at home and cook, (is this why the Daughters of Moombi are abysmal cooks?) while the men rode out…but to do what?
In their planning to overthrow their women, they infact, made a blunder. Where the women outriders had kept the foreigner at bay, where they had a system that worked, the Kikuyu men let the white colonizer into the center of the lands, whereupon history shows that the newly self named Gikuyu men lost the same lands that they had conned their women out of. Karma? Towards the end of the 19th century, both Muranga and Thika fell into the hands of the foreign white European.
Johnstone Kamau, backed by the British and a cartel of other Kikuyu men, devised a diabolic campaign that began with the law that women be circumcised to weaken them further, and he hyped up this propaganda through the KCA who had offices in Muranga, Thika, Embu and Meru – the Mount Kenya Region.
3. Authority. Female Warriors and Keepers of the Land
3. Authority. Female Warriors and Keepers of the Land – The lands had been given to the Daughters of Moombi for a reason as ordained by Mogai – they held the Banner of Protection of the Lands against it’s physical, mental and spiritual destruction. These 10 daughters had grown and been trained in the wholesome care of the lands. Each had a specific name which symbolized the systemic cultural structures that both reflected and instructed their sacred duties. These ‘houses’ were ‘schools’ where children were taught disciplines.
- Acheera; Travellers, knowledge gatherers, storytellers
- Agachiko; Marketers, negotiators, wise – dealers with outsiders in terms of trade
- Airimo; Healers, shamaams, diviners, seers
- Amboi; Defenders of the lands and song Leaders – especially when going to war
- Angare of Wildlife – trackers (the art of reading signs in the bush)
- Anjiro; Mystical and possessing spiritual powers. Defenders and offer sacrifices for warriors before war
- Angoi; Goddesses : Overseers of the entire lands – environment and people – leaders
- Ethaga; Rain makers and healers – shamans, sages, very Spiritual
- Aitherando: Lovers of Humans, Justice and Law, bringers of balance and order – “Ka,” in Africa and also known as “Chi” in the East
- Wamuyu:- Life. Both Spirit and physical, holds the entire lands together. Also known as Warigia , she remained single and adopted children – orphans, or those who felt they wanted to remain set apart – single – as seers.
Mogai had given the mantle to The Daughters to protect the land, and in doing so bequeathed them with “…all the gifts that the Lord of Nature bestowed…”
4. Balance. The Etymology of Language and Things
4. Balance. The Etymology of Language and Things
Let us go back to the name of the ‘lands’. According to Jomo Kenyatta’s Facing Mount Kenya, ‘Gikuyu’ was told to settle with his wife Moombi– the ‘Creator’ in a place known as Mokorwe wa Nyagathanga which means “the place of “fig trees” and the bird species ‘nyagathanga’.
It is to be noted that the fig tree is common to the whole of sub-sahara Africa and are sacred trees to all Bantu peoples, each whom have a name for the fig tree – this tree it is not peculiar to ‘Kikuyu’ tribe, although Jomo Kenyatta deliberately presented it as existing only among the Kikuyu and only special to the Kikuyu, disregarding and negating the function of the tree across other areas of Kenya and Africa.
In fact, the fig tree is so proliferate in Africa, it is the most common tree, followed by the Acacia. Considering that this book was written in 1938 – and that it was appalling clear that the greatest of all trees, the fig tree, grew across the continent – how could Kenyatta not know this?
This Bird species ‘nyaga thanga’ is recorded as ‘unknown’ by the Kenyatta. Yet when one considers the word in Utu and in Egyptian Hieroglyphics, it comes from the word ‘anga’ – the definition being ‘Juu’, also ‘Wingu’, ‘Mbingu’ and ‘Uwingu’ – Nya ga-anga – literally meaning “of the heavens” and is not a ‘bird’ flapping about in the sky, but implicates a physical land. Mogai showed to Gikuyu a land full of ‘the fig tree of the heavens’ – heaven being not an obscure place in the sky as denoted by caucasian theology, but a real place on earth according to the Bantu.
And it had been handed down to the 10 daughters and their female descendants as proscribed by Mogai., a god whom one faced in the general direction of Mecca, for if you stand in the area Muranga or Thagana today, and lift up your hands facing Mount Kenya, one shall directly face the same direction as Muslims face when praying. (that’s a sidebar, don’t get twisted). The handsome strangers were to assist in proliferation and to live balanced ordered lives, according to a proscribed code/pattern set out by Mogai.
In the old Gikoyo language, women were collectively known as Aka, derived from the verb – gũaka – to create, invent, craft, design, form. Not coincidentally, this is the name of The Moombi, the First Woman. She was ‘Creator & Moulder’. In his story line, Moombi was not directed to worship Mogai, for she herself was a goddess whom had the gift of creation which she passed onto her daughters, but not to her sons.
The children could not be called the children of Gikoyo for he could not birth and he had to pray, sacrifice and raise his hands towards the Mountain, which he did, diligently. Life was balanced. The Stranger sons by marriage were known as ‘andu a nja’ meaning ‘people from outside’ and the singular form ‘mũtumia’ which in gikoyo means “the one who remains silent”, while the word Mutumia amongst the Kamba means ‘a man’. After the revolt, both the terms ‘andu a nja’ and ‘mutumia’ came to convey the term woman. How is this? Let me answer myself – the men reversed the natural Mogai given roles.
This exposes the betrayal that exists to date – that although women are creators, the strangers who were truly ‘from outside’ turned around and renamed the female ‘andu a nja’. So deeply has this story of Facing Mount Kenya been ingrained into the mindset of both the female and male Kikuyu hierarchy that few women have a standpoint in the current Kikuyu patriarchal system, and they lag behind their sisters in other parts of the country.
While it is not rare to find strong Kikuyu women – because they fight tooth, nail and natural hair for their rights – even then there is the stain of disdain and rejection from an extremely high percentage of Kikuyu men. In Kenya, womens’ human rights are frequently addressed by non-kikuyu males.
There is a tribe of the Amazon forest in Columbia known as the Tukanoans. They believe that God created man, but not woman. Woman, they believe, already existed in the form of Earth – “Earth is a womb, all life forms are planted in the womb of Mother Earth. She protects and nourishes every life form. A woman’s womb represents the fluid earth. Seeds swim in that fluid until they germinate.
Humans swim until birth. How can we plant in a womb which has an imbalance of energies? Rain alone cannot give us a future. The sun, the moon, the soil, ancestors, the unborn, wind, insects, trees, rivers, fire, animals, and volcanoes – all are living, cosmic energies.” (Kariuki wa Thuku, The Sacred Footprint, Vol 1, A Story of Karima Sacred Forest, towardsreclaiming of the Community Territorial Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Heritage.)
Woman. I can see the wheels in your mind turning…
Kenyans, how can we have a politically socially balanced democracy in a Kenya which has an imbalance of energies?
Part 5: FACING MOUNT KENYA – a Running Commentary
Lies, The Kikuyu, Kenyans & Politics
“Vururi uyo ni wiito”
How often do Kikuyu’s chant this slogan amongst themselves – it is their war slogan. It is stated firmly, like a tiny raindrop from an otherwise blue sky – but it is akin to an acidic chemical burn that spreads to those whom are not Kikuyu for Kenya, is not only for the Kikuyu. Translation should be impossible, yet many Kikuyu spit this phrase in the face of all others – unapologetic and superior. “We fought for this land!” – they state when asked why they think that Kenya belongs to Kikuyu only, “…the MauMau were The Kikuyu and the founding father was MauMau and he led the REVOLT and secured freedom from the mzungu for us!”
Propaganda? The Kenyatta family alone today own about 17.5% of Kenya’s 25% of arable land. Within the Kikuyu tribe itself is a cartel known as The Mount Kenya Mafia who make up less than 1.5% of the total Kenyan population for we are 55Million. But is they whom own the rest of the arable land, with a majority of 45 million Kenyans owning less than a quarter of acre, or no land at all thus regulating them to an eternal serfdom in a country where living off the land is the only means of survival. Those whom own land often buy land through Banks or Land Credit Loan corporations which are in turn owned by the Kenyatta family, by relatives, or by close friends of the ruling family, members of an already ‘Elite Class’ – the extension of the Mount Kenya Mafia.
Jomo Kenyatta achieved his goal. He not only acquired the lands of the 10 daughters, he went ahead and looted all the land that belonged to the British Protectorate, evicting millions of Maasai and causing a singular phenomenon known as IDP – a people whom are homeless and landless, in their own country. No, do not even begin to lie that peoples lands were ‘returned’. They were not. Many communities have been moved from their water sources which have been taken care of all this time, and shifted to dry lands where they are lost without their neighbourhood.
Branding, Advertising and Propaganda
Our first presidents given name is Kamau and not Kenyatta. During the First World War, Johnstone Kamau as he was then called, ran (the coward) to avoid being conscripted into the British Army – thousands of Kikuyu were a part of this Army and FOUGHT for the British, but Kamau, in his characteristic spineless manner, fled to his aunty’s home. The Maasai, in their superior honesty had adamantly refused to be conscripted into the British Army, and it is to the Maasai that cowardly Johnstone fled and lived. His Aunt had married a Maasai chief, so he ran, laying ‘low’, adopting Maasai customs and wearing Maasai jewellery to avoid detection. His disguise including a beaded belt known as a kinyata in the Kikuyu language. This is when he took to calling himself Kinyata which he anglonized to Kenyatta while in London. If he had been in America no doubt he would have named himself ‘Kinyarra’.
In present day advertising there is a term known as Branding. It involves heavy research and tests the populace for acceptance of new ideas. In a paper written by Jonathan A.J. Wilson in October 2013 entitled Science and Branding or the ‘Science of Branding’, he argues that 21st century marketing marks the dawn of an age that surpasses simple industrialization, commerce and structuralism, and celebrates more human traits. Financial and economic interactions are the culmination of human transactions in the widest sense, transactions which begin with exchanges of thoughts, emotions, experiences and social activities. Therefore, this ‘Marketing’ is spearheaded by ‘Branding,’ which represents the acceptance and harnessing of paradoxical, oxymoronic, allegorical, metaphorical and esoteric tensions in culture, in emotion and spirituality.
Were the creators of Brand Kenya ahead of their times? For branding is an important and basic function of human existence. At a conference on Consumer Culture Theory held at Oxford Saïd Business School, Beth DuFault and James McAlexander presented a paper, part of therein that stated, “By researching primary source documents, we demonstrate that Newtonian science and the birth of what we now know as the scientific method itself achieved acceptance, in part, owing to the activities of Isaac Newton and his advocates that can be best described as marketing. The successful diffusion of the Newtonian scientific belief system was influenced by marketing activities that included a)promotion, b)sales of representatives c)demonstrative products, and d)publicity. These marketing activities worked to build the equity of the Newtonian Brand and to overcome the competitive offerings of the time.”
The Science of Branding has always been around us but – just like “Intel” – a sticker had to be placed on the outside for it to receive attention and mass consideration. Politicians have been using the Science of Branding for thousands of years, with a well placed spokesperson whom is often the orator or the Spokesman of the Brand. Branding is about the human experience and is a fundamental function of human existence, and in politics it is a tool better known as propaganda. Facing Mount Kenya, according to scholar Simon Gikandi, was “one of the major texts in what has come to be known as the invention of tradition in colonial Africa”.
Despite the KCA being “fervently” and ruthlessly against the Church and Crown, both maintained their vampiric presence in Kenya through the conniving support of Jomo Kenyatta after ‘independence’ in 1963. Neither the Church nor the Crown that he had stood so firmly against were repulsed from Kenya, nor were the massive parcels of lands they had possessed during colonization confiscated. By the time he died, none of the lands that had been confiscated by the British, either crown or church, not even a single acre, had been returned to the original indigenous people. Kenyatta himself was crowed and celebrated mainly by the British, as first the Prime Minister of Kenya, then later as President of Kenya, despite his never being MauMau, nor a revolutionary, or having fought a single skirmish.
His speeches were written for him by a team, his orations were as emotionally powerful as those of Barak Obama. Kenyan’s needed a hero. They got a goat. Kenyatta also appeared in thousands upon thousands of pictures and ‘from about 1914 to 1963, pictures taken by a British Press, for fellow Africans could not owe such equipment and many were largely disinterested in Johnstone Kamau.
When the British charged him and five senior KAU members with masterminding the Mau Mau, the historian John M. Lonsdale stated that Kenyatta had been made a “scapegoat”, while A. B. Assensoh later suggested that the authorities “knew very well” that Kenyatta was not involved in the Mau Mau, but that they were nevertheless committed to silencing his calls for an independent Kikuyuland. So disliked was he that when the “Kapenguria 6” were jailed, he was “separated” from them for his own safety. “…a plot to murder him was uncovered…”
Is all this coincidence or was it just a brilliant propaganda campaign to fan his popularity? In 1958, Rawson Macharia, one of the key witness in the state’s prosecution of Kenyatta, signed an affidavit swearing that his evidence against Kenyatta had been false and this was widely publicized and the imprisoned Kenyatta become a symbol of “African Nationalism” across the continent. That’s what the British “media” says. Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi meanwhile, the true hero of the MauMau, was caught, tried and hanged, in 1957.
His fake sentence served, Kenyatta was released from Lokitaung in April 1959. The administration then placed a “restricting order“ on Kenyatta – why? He went to live in Lodwar and was ‘forced’ to report to the DC twice a day. The 72 year old Kenyatta was reunited with his wife, Ngina a 17 year old child-bride whom had been gifted to him by Kikuyu Elders in 1951 and Uhuru Kenyatta, their 2nd born child, was born in October of 1961.
“A Man Cannot Bear Children” – African Proverb
A paternal lineage is impossible to record – this is why mothers hold their daughters children to their bosom but may be harsh with their daughter’s in laws offspring. This is why it was critical to know the maternal lineage of a child. Customary laws also affirmed that taking a child from his mother turns them into bereft youth. Yet, what is Kenya today, but a country run by tired old men who disregard the mothers of their sons, take children from their mothers at a young age (formal education at age 6) then expect the same youths to respect them? We had literacy as Africans, but it was not what Jomo and his peers promoted.
The Gumba were a short dark, ‘pygmy’ tribe of men who lived underground in the caves of the Nyandarua Ranges and were the original occupants of that small hilly area between the south eastern flanks of the Nyandarua Ranges and lower and further east toward the Thagana island, today known as Muranga. Some wandered over the Nyandarua ranges towards Gilgil. They were sighted (coincidentally) only by the Gikuyu and some Ogiek peoples.
This is odd, and further, according to “Kikuyu tradition”, these short dark men were fierce, warlike but “backward and lacking in civility, rude and aggressive”. While they were not savage, they espoused the very distinctiveness of what the white European man stated he found in the area – short dark men who were agriculturalists, hunter-gathers, a sullen race of men whom worked with iron, made pottery and were beekeepers. There is rarely any mention of women. Without the African female, the male will die.
Moombi was not Kikuyu. Moombi was a female meaning umbi– a creator ; which in the English language translates to “female” or “womb•man” . However, in understanding this concept, one must comprehend that there is no real definition of the African Female in the language of the European. In African mythology, the Black Human Female Human Form, is the beginning of all things – it is Creator. This information below was recently wiki-leaked into social media conversation away from science – and with proven parameters.
According to the genetic thread that many civilizations before us were very aware about, there is only one type of cell that is able to ‘recreate’ itself ‘eternally’, and that cell is from the womb of the Black Woman, also known as the ‘StemCell’. This knowledge had previously been informed as untrue, false and labeled propaganda by Governments and Mass Media alike for obvious reasons. The details of the paper are far too long to add on to here, but in short, the finding of the cells was an accidental discovery. In the 1950’s, while looking for medications for diseases that besot the caucasian man, scientists would try to find a remedy through the growing of what is called “culture tissue”. These experiments continually failed because the cells would die.
However, cells taken from a black slave woman changed the course of modern medicine. In 1951, a scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, “created” the first immortal human cell line with a tissue sample taken from a young black woman with cervical cancer. Those cells, called HeLa cells, quickly became invaluable to medical research—though their donor deliberately remained a mystery for decades. Understand that according to The White Superiority Theory, to the Darwin Theory, and to The Theory of Eugenics, black blood is tainted. The African is a Beast, uncivilized, and below the human rung. Further, according to the hedonistic patriarchal principles of the church and all Western developed, man made-religions, the feminine form is ‘the root of all evil’ – sinful and beyond redemption.
This belief has been deeply imbedded and ingrained into a vast majority of the human population, worldwide. The African Black Woman is below the African Black Man, who is already at the bottom of the human rung – in shelter, health care, education, resources, government services, in religion, in spirituality. This canard has been drummed into the world psyche for such a long time that it would take years for humans to comprehend the nature of the wrongs inflicted on the African Black Female Form. Now humans have to comprehend that her Womb Cells never die.
The HeLa lines that medical researchers and scientists use are immortal—they can grow indefinitely, be frozen for decades, divided into different batches and shared among scientists. In her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, journalist Rebecca Skloot tracks down the story of the source of the HeLa cells – Henrietta Lacks herself – and documents the cell line’s impact on both modern medicine and on the Lacks family whose immortal cells were first used to grow cultures that were essential to developing the polio vaccine.
Then, they were sent up in the first Space Missions in the USA, to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. Many scientific landmarks since then have used this woman’s cells, including cloning, gene-mapping and in vitro-fertilization. Twenty-five years after Henrietta died, a scientist discovered that many cell cultures thought to be from other tissue types, including breast and prostate cells, were in fact HeLa cells. It turned out that HeLa cells could float on dust particles in the air and travel on unwashed hands and grow on other cultures!
The story became an enormous controversy because these HeLa cells were the first human biological materials ever bought and sold and launched a multi-billion-dollar industry within the United States. Henrietta’s son’s found out that White American conglomerates were selling vials of their mother’s cells, and that the family didn’t get any of the resulting money, they became, and rightly so, incensed! for Henrietta’s family has lived in poverty most of their lives, cannot afford health insurance nor health care while one of Henrietta sons was homeless and living on the streets of Baltimore.
The family launched a campaign to right this human injustice to so as to receive benefits deserved from the sale of their mothers cells. This is when the story of the HeLa cells broke, and furthermore, that cells taken from the womb of the Black African wombman do not “die.”
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According to Kenyatta’s myth, Gikuyu – uyu meaning ‘the one’, or Agikuyu meaning “Fig” tree – together made up “one unit”. Unsure of the boundaries of the land, Mogai took The One Man up to the highest mountain of the area and said “… – look – all this land has been made by this Moombi – the maker. Your home, if you stay with her, is between these 4 (four) mountains.”
The question floats like a feather in the air – why would Mogai have had to take ‘The One Man’ up the mountain to ‘see the land’? Should he not have been aware of it’s boundaries? If you walk into any Borana/ Samburu/ Rendille community today, the men there within will tell you lay of the land and the boundaries in vivid detail. The answer for this story of Gikuyu and Moombi lies in a simple truth.
Gikuyu, would not have been aware of the boundaries of a land that did not belong to him. And particularly not if he lived in Thagana within the caves, or holes & tunnels of the deeply forested Nyandarua Ranges. Between the Nyandarua Ranges and the Kingdom of the Baganda there was only one other fierce people – the Maasai, hated virulently by both the White man and the Kikuyu, for they would not trade their land for money. Infact the British had ceasless battles with the people of Maa.
A number of ‘Kikuyu’ yarns regarding land have been shamelessly plagiarized by the Kikuyu culture. Note also, that the fig tree is proliferate across the entire lands of sub-sahara Africa – surprisingly, there are more fig trees in the flat plains of the savannah where the cattle roam, than there are in the densely woody forests of the Nyandarua or in the steep hills and valleys of Muranga.
Historical Oxymorons, Religious conflicts and Presidential Betrayals
Although it is accepted worldwide that Kenyans received “Independence” in 1963, in a land that has come to be known as Kenya, the Kenyatta family have used their positions to create a fiefdom where they are the sole rulers of the State of Kenya. The Rules, Customs and Laws that were written in the book Facing Mount Kenya were replicated by the government, to grasp a fierce control of this country from it’s true owners.
“Care” or what environmentalists would call “conservation” of these lands is not valued under Kikuyu custom for above all, extraction is prized – where all that is on – and all that is below the land, becomes a commodity to be extracted, distributed and sold. There is also, a real and alarming intimacy between Johnstone Kamau and the UK Royal Family headed by Queen Elizabeth – unlike other “black” and African families.
It is stranger yet that the MauMau whose mandate was to “kick out colonization” and return the land back to the correct owners across Kenya, were banned as an entity not only by Jomo, but also by the second President Moi. Despite Jomo Kenyatta’s historical claims that the MauMau rebellion freed Kenya from imperialism, none of it’s members as a Revolutionary Association received any lands from those they were repatriated from, and neither have they received formal historical accolades from their Government, or even financial recognition for Kenya’s so-called “independence”.
A Thesis, or a Kikuyu Political Manifesto?
Throughout his life, the history of Jomo Kenyatta reads as one of an opportunist selfish man. It is smoothly told, yet when one researches and begins to scratch beneath the glittery surface, the alarming truths of a puppet on a very long brutish British rope begin to unravel.
For Kenyans countrywide, the knowledge that the ‘lands’ must all belong to the Kikuyu is no longer just alarming, it is now disturbing and threatening to spill over into a messy civil war. Over and over again throughout this country’s history the question returns, why are our country laws so very unfavorably dominant?
Facing Mount Kenya was a commercial failure,
Facing Mount Kenya was a commercial failure, selling only 517 copies. Murray-Brown later described it as “a propaganda tour de force. No other African had made such an uncompromising stand for tribal integrity.” Was this invention of a culture written into the book and further translated into the Laws of the Kenyan Government?Facing Mount Kenya was a commercial failure, selling only 517 copies. Murray-Brown later described it as "a propaganda tour de force. Click To Tweet
It would seem so.
Kenyans’ Laws are suspiciously similar to the laws of the Christian Churches, in particular the High Anglican Church and The Catholic Church of England. The land laws of Kenya the State, are minute replica’s of the laws of the Kikuyu ‘tradition’, which are a duplication of outdated imperial UK laws. Physically, this can be seen when black judges in Kenya’s High Court wear White wigs and the public normalizes it.
A few months ago, a young woman from London came to live and work in Nairobi. “…it’s like I am not in Africa..”, she said, shocked, “ … this is ridiculous. This city is a carbon copy of London, I may as well be living in London, there is not a single difference…” . As a well seasoned traveller she was startled, stating that never before had she come across a city that does not carry it’s own unique and distinct culture. For many a Kikuyu and the ‘wannabe’ set, this comparison would be one of pride.
Long before, during and after Independence, the will of the late Kenyatta became dominant across these lands without apology, while outside Kenya he was called a ‘domineering prick’ by leaders across Africa, and was not regarded as a true revolutionary, but as a turncoat. However, British media carefully branded his name, and today he is hailed as one of the leading statesmen of Africa, a Hero of the People in Black America, in Jamaica and other former British colonies.
In Africa though, he was disliked. In another city outside Kenya, I once had a startling conversation with an articulate Diplomat, formerly an Ambassador to China, whom shook his head sadly when I mentioned the late Kenyatta as the founding father of Kenya, “…Kenyatta? You people have been so brainwashed! Kenyatta was a stooge for the British! A peddler! An uneducated scoundrel who was paid to divide his people ….”.
He was being kind, I think.
Kenya’s political history is founded on tribalism, on division, and on the concepts of capitalism. Kikuyu Culture is founded on the approbation of the Male figure, and the diminishing of the female form – the female and the feminine is rejected as superfluous, redundant and unnecessary.
In Kikuyu culture the female, known as ‘the person outside’ – is a being of little consequence. Her viewpoint, is unnecessary. The Kikuyu Law regarding land upholds that only a man can sell, or buy land. And that a man can only sell, or buy land, from another man. And if that man, if not Kikuyu, becomes a Kikuyu once his land is bought by a kikuyu.
In many other cultures across Kenya, land cannot be sold for it does not belong to a single person and is inherited as communal land to care for the community in it’s entirety. These cultural land-laws are old guidelines that have been handed down from past generations. The selling of land as a commodity is a concept that is not understood by 98% of a non-kikuyu population.
I attended the NDC 1 (National Dialogue conference) in Nairobi, September of 2018, a conference hosted by NCCK, Supkem and other religious bodies in Kenya. NCCK is dominated by the very rigid far right catholic and christian churches, was opened by Robert Godec, former USA Ambassador to Kenya.
During the conference we were handed out booklets which were a step-by-step package outlining the exact methodology and timetable, on how to re-install “the executive” – Uhuru Kenyatta as Prime Minister in 2022. In it, The President’s powers would be diminished, while those of the Prime Minister would be absolute and transfer this country back into a Dictatorship.
This is being done on two levels.
One is changing the laws regarding the Presidency and the position of PM – these bills will be signed quietly in Parliament without public awareness. Lawyers were placed in positions where they can regulate and pass these laws. The second was using both the Church and other religious halls of worship, to subtly ‘educate’ the masses towards an acceptance of the idea of Ruto, as President of Kenya.
A step-by-step timetable was earmarked, and a second NDC 2 conference would be held to evaluate “progress”. waKenya, both the elites and common mwanainchi, will be bullied and beaten raw and numb to accept these changes, and those elite leaders who do not accept this treachery, well, they’ll agitate the masses and Kenya will once again, suffer a blood-bath to no effect, for as PM, Uhuru’s Kenyatta’s powers as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of all the armed forces will once more be absolute. The future has been written.
In Jomo Kenyatta’s words:
“When the European comes to the country and robs the people of their land, the white is taking away not only their livelihood, but the quantifiable symbol that holds family together. In doing this he gives blows, and these blows cut away at the foundations from the whole of Gikuyu life – social, moral, and economic.
When the European explains to his own satisfaction and after the most superficial glance at the issues involved, that he is doing this for the sake of the Africans, to civilize them, to teach them the disciplinary value of regular work, and give them the benefit of European progressive ideas, he is adding insult to injury, and convinces no one but himself.”Jomo Kenyatta
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Facing Mount Kenya Different Book Covers:
Facing Mount Kenya, first published in 1938, is an anthropological study of the people of the Kikuyu ethnicity of central Kenya. It was written by native Kikuyu and future Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta. Below is a series of different book covers for Facing Mount Kenya as well as on a 1963 Postage Stamp. Download it or read it on the link above: