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Wedding Traditions among the Agĩkũyũ People of Kenya

Wedding Traditions among the Agĩkũyũ People of Kenya by Alex Bliss About Alex The Agĩkũyũ people speak the Bantu language and form the largest ethnic group in Kenya. They are also known as Nyumba ya Mumbi which means The House of the Potter. The Agĩkũyũ inhabit five counties almost exclusively, namely: Kiambu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Murang’a, and Kirinyaga.…

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The Struggles of African Women

The Struggles of African Women by Alex Bliss About Alex Every time I find myself on a bus next to a woman with bunches of unripe bananas and a basket of cereal in Nairobi, I remember my mama. Indeed I remember all women back in Kangaita, the village where I was raised. I recall their…

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Standoff at Kenya Music Festival

Standoff at Kenya Music Festival by Alex Bliss About Alex Now, here we Kenyans are in the 21st century, still wrestling with issues of who is better than the other – who gets to dominate who in the pecking order. This is not just a challenge. It is a bug. A pebble in the shoe of…

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Drought in Kenya

Drought in Kenya by Alex Bliss About Alex When  I visited Mama in the village of Kangaita on my return home from a visit to Nairobi, the weather that greeted me in Nanyuki town was arid and suffocating. I had to squint my eyes as billows rose into the air around me. It was no different…

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