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Who are the Kikuyu?

The Kikuyu are the doctors, nurses and patients that make up the Kikuyu Eye Unit in Kenya. So allow us to introduce the Kikuyu people by sharing their history, culture and photos taken of and by the Kikuyu.

Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu, are a subgroup of the Bantus and make up about 23% of the country’s current population which translates to over 5 million people.

Land
Very much a part of their livelihood, the vast land is both a recognizable backdrop to many of the photos you’ll see here and the reason farming and trading are the main sources of Kikuyu income.

Photo taken on trip to Kikuyu Eye Hospital in Kenya

Launguage

  • Kikuyu: The native language of the Kikuyu.
  • Swahili: One of the two official languages of Kenya, also spoken by many Kikuyu.
  • English: The other official language of Kenya, spoken by many Kikuyu.

Legend
According to the story, passed down from many generations though oral tradition, a man named “Gikuyu” founded the Kikuyu. He was instructed by the deity “Ngai” to found his home in a valley where a unique species of bird also called home. This historical area is situated southwest of Mount Kenya.

The nine daughters of he and his wife Mumbi went on to become the great mothers of the nine clans of the Kikuyu.

Lomography
The LomoKiuyu project began in 2006 to help those faced with malnutrition, lack of medical care and poverty by raising money for Kenya’s Kikuyu Eye unit so that more eye surgeries could be performed.
Read more about the Kikuyu Projects

written by soundfoodaround

3 comments

  1. tikismeekis

    tikismeekis

    great article! very interesting. And nice pics as well!

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  2. soundfoodaround

    soundfoodaround

    Please stay tuned for more information about the Kikuyu over the next days!

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  3. hanarcangel

    hanarcangel

    I hope to read more of this kind of article in this lomo site. Salute to the writer =)
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