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Kenya: The Failed Quest for Electoral...

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Drawing upon personal experiences and extensive research, the author explores the 2017 elections and their aftermath within a historical framework of politics and concludes that what should have been Kenya's freest election turned out to be its most tainted in the multiparty era. With support of powerful actors within and outside Kenya, the Jubilee government crafted a robust narrative holding that President Uhuru Kenyatta 'won' the 8 August election, and that the Supreme Court in nullifying it impeached only the recording and transmission of the results.

Indian Dukawallas: Their Contribution...

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Sharad Rao flawlessly traces the history of Indian migration into East Africa from colonial times to their outsized role in business, the professions, sports and philanthropy. He delves into little-known areas of the Kenyan Asians contributions to the anti-colonial struggle and present yearnings for political and economic emancipation of all Kenyans. The book constitutes a major contribution to Kenya's and East Africa's history.

Teachers, Unions and Labour Relations...

The book contains a history of education in Kenya, history of the teaching profession, trade unions and teachers' unions, as well as the story of KUPPET from its formation to date. The book is essential reading for students and practitioners of education, history, trade unionism, labour relations, human resources, politics, communication and media studies.

Wanga Odyssey by Dennis Mukolwe

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The Wanga Odyssey beckons readers to delve into our shared history, weaving together myths, legends, and cultures. Through meticulous research and respect for oral traditions, the author unveils a journey driven by a passion for history and adventure. Each chapter reveals a new facet of our past, highlighting the resilience and spirit of the Luhya Nation, with a focus on the Wanga people. Portraying the Wanga clan's migration as an epic journey filled with hope and resilience, this book bridges past and present, inviting readers to honor our ancestors' legacy and embrace the cultural heritage of the Luhya people. As we traverse the corridors of time, we pay homage to the enduring fortitude of the Wanga lineage and celebrate the vibrant mosaic of our cultural heritage. The book emphasizes that embracing traditional cultures is not just about preserving the past, but also about celebrating our identity and shaping our future with wisdom and pride. Through The Wanga Odyssey, the echoes of our past resonate with the promise of our future, revealing that understanding our history is crucial for gaining insight into our identity and destiny. Join us on this journey to unravel the mysteries of our heritage and discover the untold stories that shape our existence. The book also explores Luhya culture, folklore, traditions, myths, and transitional ceremonies, providing a comprehensive view of the rich cultural tapestry of the Wanga people.

Kenya: From Cradle of Humankind to a ...

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This book chronicles Kenya's chaos and is a laugh riot that peels back the layers of political absurdity, vibrant culture, chaotic streets, and indomitable spirit of Kenya's. A roller coaster ride through scandals, hashtags, voter madness and misplaced priorities.

Kenya in the 1973-1974 UN Security Co...

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A compendium of rich history and selections from primary source documents detailing the events and resolutions characterising Kenya’s first year as a member of the most powerful world body: the UN Security Council. The book’s role is to shed light on the primacy of Kenya in world affairs as far back as the seventies. The author Donald W. Kaniaru is a lawyer and advocate by training who has served Kenya and the UN in various capacities; more relevant to this book, he was posted to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in 1970-1974, and in that capacity was involved in many of the direct and indirect deliberations that attended Kenya's first membership in the UN Security Council, and which inform the context and contents of this book.

Totems of Abagusii of Kenya

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Ebimanyererio nigo bire bi'echingencho ao ao ase abanto ao ao. N'enchera eyemo abanto b'ororeria oromo bakomanyana na kwemanyia ase abanto bande. Ase abande n'enchera y'ogwetogia. N'abande begenete buna ebimanyererio n'enchera eyemo y'okobeka okwegena ase chinkoro chi'abanto. Komenta nayio, ebimanyererio nigo bigokonya abanto koinyora ing'ai barwete nechimbwa chiabo. Soma egetabu eke egere omanye igoro y'ebimanyererio bi'Abagusii. ***** Throughout the world, totems are used variously, including linking people with each other and defining the relationships among many people or groups of people. They can represent the connection between people and the spiritual world. Further, totems help people preserve their culture and history. This book presents totems of Abagusii and explains how they came to be, based on oral history passed down generations.

NONRO Genealogy and Brief History of ...

NONRO Genealogy and Brief History of JOKISUMO by Zack Oloo

Reminiscing Wonderland

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Praise for Dr. Mong'are Bw'Onyancha's Reminiscing Wonderland “Interesting stories! ...some brought me to tears. Others were enthralling. I was moved by Molo's life story and captivated by the coming of age stories.” Cindy, Editor “Reminiscing Wonderland. The narrator's imagination perceives his new school as a magical dreamland, a 'Once upon a time perfect home 'until he encounters 'stains' which threaten to curtail his aspirations. His learner's enthusiasm, just like in the novel, The African Child, is without parallel. He is like an arrow on the hunter's bow, ready to go. Molo is one of the hurdles he has to overcome. Superficially, Molo is portrayed as a cold, stone-hearted troublemaker. Yet, the writer delves into his stained life. By the end, the reader sympathizes with the concept of his being, relationships, and nurturing (compare with the novels, A Grain of Wheat and Crime and Punishment, where main characters don't have close trusted relationships and how they reap what they sow). Good defeats evil, and there is the hope of redemption and support systems to the purest of state. With the passage of time and increase in human activities, all life in Wonderland will be altered in some way (Paradise Lost, Wonderland Stained).”

Sakagwa Ng’iti: A Kisii Prophet

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Sakagwa Ng'iti exerted substantial influence on Gusii society and beyond in the latter part of the 1800s. He was many things: a medicine man, rainmaker, an unelected community strategist in dealing with raids from the warring Maasai and Kipsigis, and a prophet whose many prophecies have come to pass, according to those that keenly follow his story. His death was mysterious, leaving many wondering what really happened. Did he, as some accounts claim, eventually settle among the Kipsigis? Was he carried away by chisokoro (ancestors) to join them in the netherworld as happened with Jesus of Nazareth? How come that his spiritual roles (seer, medicine man, and rainmaker) that ran in the family, waned and eventually died off? Peter Okari Nyambasora's Sakagwa Ngi'ti, a Kisii Prophet provides some answers to these questions. It traces the emergence of Sakagwa as a prominent player in Gusii of his time, even as he had no formal power accorded by clan, tribe or lineage. Compiled from oral tales, one on one interviews with family members, and written works, the book provides the most authoritative account of Sakagwa yet written.

Sculpted by Design by KEMIRIMO D. OKUJA

The book is the first volume of the History of Uganda from the Biblical perspective. Most of our early history is founded on mythology, folklore or evolution. In this book, you get to read the Bible as the life manual written by God for the reader, the dreamer, and the one on a quest to make meaning out of life. God did not merely throw words around and out came this world. Like the sculptor and engineer, He carefully and masterfully placed His Words in the universe as valuable trinkets. He unveiled over seven days, a most delightful and perfect maze, our world. This world includes Africa, it includes Uganda and all who live within its boundaries.

The Gusii of Kenya by John S. Akama

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The Gusii of Kenya: Social, Economic, Cultural, Political & Judicial Perspectives provides in-depth topical insights of the Gusii (also known as the Kisii) of Kenya. The book captures historical aspects of the Gusii and how they ended up occupying their present lands. It enunciates the group’s cultural, political and economic organization that are core to the group’s identify and overall survival. Reading the book would provide understanding of some noticeable elements of these perspectives that persist to date. Cultural aspects such as the rites of passage and weddings, part of core identity elements of a people, are well articulated. Social organization, starting at the homestead to clan to community level, was intricately woven to form a coherence whole that defined the Gusii. Indeed, this also formed a basis of core elements of code of conduct (chinsoni) and justice as traditionally administered. The book also raises a number of questions regarding the core character of the Gusii such as lack of central authority and the implications this has had on the community over time. One can only speculate the trajectory of history that would have been had the Gusii organized themselves differently.

Gusii Soapstone Industry:Critical iss...

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As is the case with most African indigenous industries, not much research has been done on the Gusii soapstone industry. Consequently, the main aim of this book is to fill the identified gap. Specifically, this book traces the origin of the Gusii soapstone industry, going through various stages, i.e. the Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Colonial periods. Within this historical context, the book provides an elucidation of the social, economic, political and cultural factors that have impacted on the evolution and/or development of the soapstone industry. A critical issue captured in the book is the fact that, over the years, the soapstone handicraft products have been transformed from being items of utility for the local people to, mainly, becoming non-utility items that are sold to outsiders, particularly international tourists as unique pieces of indigenous handicraft and/or African art. However, it should be noted that, notwithstanding this transformation, indigenous cultural attributes and/or cultural themes that would have otherwise disappeared, due to increased impacts of globalization, are being preserved by the sculpturing of unique indigenous soapstone products. Furthermore, currently, the soapstone industry has become a major source of livelihood for the Gusii people of Tabaka in Southwestern Kenya. This book provides a lucid articulation of various facets (i.e., social, economic, cultural and political perspectives) of the Gusii soapstone industry, and the fundamental factors that have made the industry survive, over the years, notwithstanding the introduction of mass produced goods from the Western world. The conceptualization of the role of the indigenous industry in promoting sustainable livelihood is clearly brought out, and is presented within the broader milieu of the Gusii society. The book provides excellent reading for anyone interested in having proper perspectives on the history and the overall development of the Gusii soapstone industry. Elkanah Ong’esa, a world renowned artist and soapstone sculptor. As much as the soapstone sculptures are found in museums, art galleries, curio shops and people’s homes in most major cities of the world, not much research and documentation of these unique indigenous industry initiatives has been done. In light of that, this book on the Gusii soapstone industry fills a critical niche and is quite handy for people from all walks of life and academia looking for up to date information on the Gusii soapstone industry. Dr. Margaret Barasa, Anthropolinguistic Expert, and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kisii University, Kenya. Most literature on African indigenous industries, such as soapstone mining, carving and marketing, is based on Eurocentric approach which looks at these industries and African art as exotic items for the pleasure of Western gentry and middleclass. Adopting an Afrocentric approach, this book provides a refreshing analysis of the history, transformation and growth of the Gusii soapstone industry; an indigenous initiative that has evolved, systematically, over the years, and has shown a lot of resiliency in the face of many complex challenges. The book is recommended to people who want to have a proper perspective of similar indigenous industries and the Gusii soapstone industry in particular. Matunda Nyanchama, Publisher. This book looks at the resilience of the soapstone industry in Gusii. It shows that the soapstone carvings as currently developed by the Gusii people may have its origin in ancient traditions that dates back to hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. It also gives a good historical analysis of the growth and development of the soapstone industry. It will goes a long way in illuminating critical aspects of the Gusii soapstone industry. Herman Kiriama, Senior Research Fellow, Kisii University, Kenya.

The Man Who Stole Himself: The Slave ...

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Brief Summary The island nation of Iceland is known for many things—majestic landscapes, volcanic eruptions, distinctive seafood—but racial diversity is not one of them. So the little-known story of Hans Jonathan, a free black man who lived and raised a family in early nineteenth-century Iceland, is improbable and compelling, the stuff of novels. In The Man Who Stole Himself, Gisli Palsson lays out the story of Hans Jonathan (also known as Hans Jónatan) in stunning detail. Born into slavery in St. Croix in 1784, Hans was taken as a slave to Denmark, where he eventually enlisted in the navy and fought on behalf of the country in the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen. After the war, he declared himself a free man, believing that he was due freedom not only because of his patriotic service, but because while slavery remained legal in the colonies, it was outlawed in Denmark itself. He thus became the subject of one of the most notorious slavery cases in European history, which he lost. Then Hans ran away—never to be heard from in Denmark again, his fate unknown for more than two hundred years. It’s now known that Hans fled to Iceland, where he became a merchant and peasant farmer, married, and raised two children. Today, he has become something of an Icelandic icon, claimed as a proud and daring ancestor both there and among his descendants in America. The Man Who Stole Himself brilliantly intertwines Hans Jonathan’s adventurous travels with a portrait of the Danish slave trade, legal arguments over slavery, and the state of nineteenth-century race relations in the Northern Atlantic world. Throughout the book, Palsson traces themes of imperial dreams, colonialism, human rights, and globalization, which all come together in the life of a single, remarkable man. Hans literally led a life like no other. His is the story of a man who had the temerity—the courage—to steal himself.

Fountain of Knowledge: History of the...

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Fountain of Knowledge: History of the University of Nairobi 1952-2020follows the development of the University from its origins as the Royal Technical College in 1952, to the World Class University it has become in 2020. As the ‘mother’ university in Kenya, its history also provides a narrative of the evolution of university education in Kenya over the same period. Major events, activities and policies changes that have shaped university education are presented in the context of the University of Nairobi’s growth. Throughout the text, a large collection of photographs brings to life the development of the university over the past 68 years.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of ...

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Brief Summary On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports--some released only recently--Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill's "Secret Circle," to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Emp...

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Brief Summary To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent and shocking history. For some 200 years after 1650, the West Indies were the strategic center of the western world, witnessing one of the greatest power struggles of the age as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar-a commodity so lucrative it became known as "white gold." As Matthew Parker vividly chronicles in his sweeping history, the sugar revolution made the English, in particular, a nation of voracious consumers-so much so that the wealth of her island colonies became the foundation and focus of England's commercial and imperial greatness, underpinning the British economy and ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution. Yet with the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horror endured by slaves, on whose backs the sugar empire was brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one-third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture. While sugar came to dictate imperial policy, for those on the ground the British West Indian empire presented a disturbing moral universe. Parker brilliantly interweaves the human stories of those since lost to history whose fortunes and fame rose and fell with sugar. Their industry drove the development of the North American mainland states, and with it a slave culture, as the plantation model was exported to the warm, southern states. Broad in scope, rich in detail, The Sugar Barons freshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.

Visual Voices: The Works of Contempor...

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Brief Summary Visual Voices: The Works Of Contemporary Artists In Kenya. This book showcases the work of contemporary visual and other artists in a large aesthetically pleasing and well-designed book. The presentation of the works does justice to selected great art in Kenya today. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku worked with a panel of Art connoisseurs and individuals knowledgeable on the Art scene to select and profile over 50 artists that amply demonstrate the range of Kenya’s artistic talent and flair.

Nairobi The City That Calls Your Name...

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THE CITY THAT CALLS YOUR NAME There is something about Nairobi, the large and fast expanding East African city of cities that gets under the skin of even the most skeptical. What is it about this incongruous metropolis of diverse cultures, tribes, people, of new and old buildings, the clean and the shoddy, the unending traffic amidst the green parks of Uhuru Highway that beckons and lingers within? A city once known as the place of cool waters that now often bakes in the sun, a city that grew out of a Railway outpost, a city that unashamedly holds the largest slum in Africa and yet boasts an ever expanding modern skyline! The double volume of Photographic Slices and Personal Musings, compiled by mother and daughter Susan Wakhungu-Githuku & Natalie Githuku, is a first-of-a-kind and beautifully pays homage to this fascinating ‘city that calls your name’. Nairobi is packaged in two volumes (Vol 1: Photographic Slices and Vol. 2: Personal Musings).

Makers Of Kenya’s History: Fiel...

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Brief Summary Dedan Kimathi is a story of the man who is now almost universally accepted as the true symbol of Kenya's liberation struggle. A warrior and military strategist to boot, Dedan Kimathi rose through the ranks to become the overall leader of the Mau Mau freedom fighters. Since his death at the heart of the struggle, he has acquired, in the minds of many, legendary and mythical qualities.