A People Called the Agĩkũyũ Yesterday and Today ... and Tomorrow?
A People Called the Agĩkũyũ Yesterday and Today ... and Tomorrow?
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A People Called the Agĩkũyũ Yesterday and Today … and Tomorrow?

Gĩkũyũ national consciousness goes back to the early 1400s. The Agĩkũyũ expanded to occupy the land between the four mountains, Mount Kenya, Nyandarua Range, Kilimambogo, and Ngong Hills.The British in the late 19th century found the Agĩkũyũ building fortified villages and stopped Gĩkũyũ expansion in its tracks. A brutal and tragic war of conquest and resistance followed. The resistance was suppressed. The Mau Mau war of liberation broke out, and the Agĩkũyũ and GEMA suffered repression from the mighty British Empire. This is the story of the Agĩkũyũ from their beginnings, encounters with foreign white rule, contribution to Kenya’s liberation, and their mixed fortunes since Kenya’s national independence—their remarkable contribution to nation building, but also tragic experiences, including attempts at ethnic cleansing targeting them and other communities in the 1990s, and also, most painfully, in 2007-8.The story is set against the historical background of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Scramble for and Partition and brutal conquest of Africa, the struggles for the self-determination of African nation-states as well as nation building in a brutal Globalized “New World Order.”


Chapter 1 looks at the origin of the Agĩkũyũ people in an area around the coastal border of today’s Namibia and Angola about 200,000 years ago.

Chapter 2 describes the occupation of the original Gĩkũyũ home—the land between the four mountains, Kĩrĩnyaga, Kĩa Nyandarũa, Kĩambirũirũ, and Kĩa-Njahĩ.

Chapter 3 looks at the rites of passage, including second birth, circumcision, and initiation into elder-hood.

Chapter 4 looks at Gĩkũyũ encounters with the white man and British Imperialism.

Chapter 5 looks at the traumatic upheavals of colonization.

Chapter 6 tells the story of Kenyatta’s two visits to Europe and portrays the great personalities who would influence his life.

Chapter 7 describes the military campaign conducted by the Kenya Land and Freedom Army against the British military.

Chapter 8 shows the transformative impact of independence and freedom and decolonization on Kenya.

Chapter 9 describes the peaceful transition after President Jomo Kenyatta’s death.

Chapter 10 takes the story of Kenya and the Agĩkũyũ people from the Moi-Kibaki transition at the end of 2002 to the beginning of the year 2017.

This book is stocked at The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute, both in the US.

Weight 900 g
Dimensions 210 × 148 × 44 mm
Weight 900 g
Dimensions 210 × 148 × 44 mm


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Paul Ngige Njoroge


Self Published


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