Gikuyu


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a Bantu language spoken in western Kenya

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41) Jomo Kenyatta and Bronislaw Malinowski, Facing Mount Kenya the Traditional Life of the Gikuyu (New York: Vintage books, 1965), 97-100, esp.
Foi, tambem, o ultimo romance escrito, primeiramente, em lingua inglesa, ja que Ngugi adota, por razoes eminentemente politicas, sua lingua materna, o gikuyu, nas obras seguintes.
Ya en la decada de 1920, asi como durante la lucha de los Mau Mau por la independencia, los gikuyu adulteraron himnos cristianos (49) para adecuarlos a su causa.
The most remarkable in that sense among the recent works is the latest novel by Ngiigiwa Thiong'o--The Wizard of the Crow (2006) originally written in the author's mother tongue of Gikuyu and self-translated into English.
Ngugi began composing his own work in his native Gikuyu in 1977.
12) For instance, the Gikuyu believe a sacred mountain to be God's abode when he visits the human society.
And Ngugi, despite being an accomplished scholar of English literature, is committed to producing literary works in his native Gikuyu to promote non-imperial languages and thus non-imperial cultures (relevantly, he bade farewell to the English language in a text entitled Decolonising the Mind).
Let us consider a couple of examples from Bemba and Gikuyu, the two languages of my sample where the system of evaluative marking appears to be split in the sense explained above.
145) See Ashley Sahel Castro, The Rite to Womanhood: An Interdisciplinary Study of Female Circumcision Among the Gikuyu of Kenya (April 13, 2010) (unpublished thesis to complete BA.
As Kenyatta struggled with illnesses, a coalition of Members of Parliament dominated by a Kikuyu aligned communal organization called GEMA (standing for Gikuyu, Embu Meru Association) created the "Change the Constitution Movement" to prevent Vice-President Moi from assuming the presidency if Kenyatta died or could not perform his duties.
He discovers a weakness that often manifests itself in novels in Gikuyu and Kiswahili which consists in the use of the motif of rape, "in which women are presented as passive victims at the hands of foreigners or locals serving multinational interests" (p.
One of the most insulting words in Gikuyu was njangiri.
23) This period saw the re-emergence of Kikuyu nationalism that had been dormant in the Moi era as well as the encroachment of a cohort of right-wing Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru Association ("GEMA") politicians into the mainstream of political leadership in the country.
Bewes also relates this to Ngugi's own dissatisfaction with the European novel (and the English language), which eventually led to his more explicit engagement with the Gikuyu oral tradition.