Kikuyu people

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The Kikuyu (also Agĩkuyu/Gikuyu) is the largest ethnic group in Kenya.wikipedia
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Demographics of Kenya

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The Kikuyu (also Agĩkuyu/Gikuyu) is the largest ethnic group in Kenya.
Kenya's largest ethnic group is the Kikuyu.

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The Kikuyu (also Agĩkuyu/Gikuyu) is the largest ethnic group in Kenya.
Bantu groups in Kenya include the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kamba, Kisii, Meru, Kuria, Aembu, Ambeere, Wadawida-Watuweta, Wapokomo and Mijikenda among others.

Kamba people

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Some authorities suggest that the Kikuyu arrived in their present Mount Kenya area of habitation from earlier settlements further to the north and east, while others argue that the Kikuyu, along with their closely related Eastern Bantu neighbors the Embu, Meru, Mbeere, and Kamba moved into Kenya from points further north.
They are closely related in language and culture to the Kikuyu, Embu, Mbeere and Meru, and are concentrated in the lowlands of Southeast Kenya from he vicinity of Mount Kenya to the Coast.

Mount Kenya

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Geographically, they are concentrated in the vicinity of Mount Kenya.
The main ethnic groups living around Mount Kenya are Kikuyu, Ameru, Embu and Maasai.

Bantu peoples

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The cardinal points in this Traditional Gĩkũyũ Religion Philosophy were squarely based on the general Bantu peoples thought as follows:
or the Kikuyu of Kenya (7 million ).

Nyeri County

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By the 6th century, there was a community of Agikuyu newly established at Gatuang'ang'a in Nyeri.
Local people are predominantly of the Kikuyu ethnicity.

Jomo Kenyatta

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From 1924, the Kikuyu Central Association (KCA),with Jomo Kenyatta as its Secretary General focused on unifying the Kikuyu into one geographic polity, but its project was undermined by controversies over ritual tribute, land allocation, the ban on female circumcision, and support for Thuku.The KCA sent Kenyatta to England in 1924 and again in 1931 to air their grievances against British occupation and rule.
Kenyatta was born to Kikuyu farmers in Kiambu, British East Africa.

Mau Mau Uprising

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By 1952, under Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (Mau Mau) launched a full military conflict on the British military, settlers and their native allies.
Dominated by the Kikuyu people, Meru people and Embu people, the Mau Mau also comprised units of Kamba and Maasai peoples who fought against the white European colonist-settlers in Kenya, the British Army, and the local Kenya Regiment (British colonists, local auxiliary militia, and pro–British Kikuyu people).

Embu people

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Some authorities suggest that the Kikuyu arrived in their present Mount Kenya area of habitation from earlier settlements further to the north and east, while others argue that the Kikuyu, along with their closely related Eastern Bantu neighbors the Embu, Meru, Mbeere, and Kamba moved into Kenya from points further north. Their language is most closely related to that of the Embu and Mbeere.
To the west, Embu neighbours are the closely related Kikuyu in Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Kiambu, Muranga and Nyandarua counties.

Waiyaki Wa Hinga

The colonial takeover was met with strong local resistance: Waiyaki Wa Hinga, a leader of the southern Agikuyu, who ruled Dagoretti who had signed a treaty with Frederick Lugard of the British East Africa Company (BEAC), having been subject to considerable harassment, burned down Lugard's fort in 1890.
Waiyaki Wa Hinga, was an Agikuyu chieftain and Kenyan anti-colonial leader who was the ruler of Dagoretti.

Meru people

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Some authorities suggest that the Kikuyu arrived in their present Mount Kenya area of habitation from earlier settlements further to the north and east, while others argue that the Kikuyu, along with their closely related Eastern Bantu neighbors the Embu, Meru, Mbeere, and Kamba moved into Kenya from points further north.
Like the closely related Kikuyu, Embu and Mbeere they are concentrated in the vicinity of Mount Kenya.

Nyeri

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In Gaki Nyeri the system was inversed with initiation taking place annually for four calendar years, which would be followed by a period of nine calendar years in which no initiation of boys took place (mũhingo). Girls on the other hand were initiated every year.
Towards the end of 1902, as the British were establishing their colonial presence, Richard Meinertzhagen marched a strong military column meeting spirited resistance from the native Kikuyu warriors led by Wangombe Wa Ihura.

Mbeere people

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Some authorities suggest that the Kikuyu arrived in their present Mount Kenya area of habitation from earlier settlements further to the north and east, while others argue that the Kikuyu, along with their closely related Eastern Bantu neighbors the Embu, Meru, Mbeere, and Kamba moved into Kenya from points further north. Their language is most closely related to that of the Embu and Mbeere.
They speak Kīmbeere language, which is a dialect very similar to the one spoken by their neighbours, the Embu and Kikuyu.

Kikuyu language

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They speak the Bantu Kikuyu language.
Kikuyu or Gikuyu (Gĩkũyũ ) is a language of the Bantu family spoken primarily by the Kikuyu people (Agĩkũyũ) of Kenya.

Murang'a

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This was the system adopted in Metumi Murang'a.
The town used to be called Fort Hall. It is the administrative centre of Muranga County and is mainly inhabited by the Kikuyu community.

Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Muta Maathai, Nobel Laureate, first African woman and first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. First Kenyan woman to earn a Ph.D.
Her family was Kikuyu, the most populous ethnic group in Kenya, and had lived in the area for several generations.

Dedan Kimathi

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By 1952, under Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (Mau Mau) launched a full military conflict on the British military, settlers and their native allies.
The Mau Mau began as the Land and Freedom Army (KLFA), a militant Kikuyu, Embu and Meru army which sought to reclaim land, which the British settlers had gradually stripped away from them.

Kiambu

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All these names are taken from Metumi (Mũrang’a) and Kabete Kĩambu.
The town is surrounded by hilly Kikuyu farmland although is under urbanisation as Nairobi is growing fast and more people settle in neighbouring towns.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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As a consequence, there are notable Kikuyu literature icons such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Meja Mwangi.
Ngũgĩ was born in Kamiriithu, near Limuru in Kiambu district, Kenya, of Kikuyu descent, and baptised James Ngugi. His family was caught up in the Mau Mau Uprising; his half-brother Mwangi was actively involved in the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, and his mother was tortured at Kamiriithu home guard post.

Traditional African religions

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Although Gĩkũyũs historically adhered to indigenous faiths, most are Christians today.
For the Kikuyu, according to their primary supreme creator, Ngai, acting through the lesser deities, is believed to speak to and be capable of guiding the virtuous person as one's conscience.

Harry Thuku

The experiences gained by Africans in the war, coupled with the creation of the white-settler-dominated Kenya Crown Colony, gave rise to considerable political activity in the 1920s which culminated in Archdeacon Owen's "Piny Owacho" (Voice of the People) movement and the "Young Kikuyu Association" (renamed the "East African Association") started in 1921 by Harry Thuku (1895–1970), which gave a sense of nationalism to many Kikuyu and advocated civil disobedience.Thuku's campaign against colonial injustices was short lived.
It drew its members from many tribal groups, however, because of its location most of the members were Kikuyu.

Koigi wa Wamwere

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Koigi wa Wamwere, Author, politician and human rights activist
As a result, several Kikuyu people had their land taken away.

Tom Morello

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Tom Morello, Grammy Award winning guitarist, son of Ngethe Njoroge
Morello, an only child, is the son of an American mother of Italian and Irish descent and a Kikuyu Kenyan father.

Lablab

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2) ''Magetha ma njahĩ (njahĩ being Lablab purpureus) (the season of the black bean harvest) between July and Early October,
In Kenya, the bean called 'Njahe' is popular among several communities, especially the Kikuyu.

Lynne Muthoni Wanyeki

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Muthoni Wanyeki, Political scientist and human rights activist
Wanyeki was born in 1972 to a Canadian mother and Kenyan (Kikuyu) father, and grew up in Kenya.