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Author: Jan-Bart Gewald

In 1950s Northern Rhodesia, present day Zambia, rumours abounded amongst the African population intimating that the white settlers and administration were extensively involved in witchcraft, cannibalism and blood-sucking. In turn, members of the white settler community believed very much the same with regard to the African population of the territory. The development of nationalist politics and the increasing unionization of African workers in colonial Zambia led to agitation that was matched with increasing disquiet and fears on the part of white settlers. The emergence of ‘Mau Mau’ in Kenya and rumours of ‘Mau Mau’ in Northern Rhodesia served to underscore European settler fears in Northern Rhodesia. Based on research in the National Archives of Zambia and Great Britain, this paper explores the manner in which public rumour played out in Northern Rhodesia and gave emphasis to settler fears and fantasies in the territory.

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In: Afrika Focus
Author: Peterson, Derek

[German Version] The Mau Mau struggle was an uprising by the economically disadvantaged African population who were widely without political rights against the British colonial system in Kenya. The conflict arose in the late 1940s around the issue of land division. The Mau Mau movement (a term

In: Religion Past and Present Online

the ‘Mau Mau Claims’ against the British government in 2009 on behalf of five elderly Kikuyu – Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Mzili, Wambugu Nyingi, Jane Muthoni Mara, and Susan Ngondi – who alleged to have been subjected to ‘physical mistreatment of the most serious kind, including torture, rape, castration and

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In: African Journal of Legal Studies
Author: Mueni wa Muiu

Mau Mau in Harlem? The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya is a well-documented study, in which Gerald Horne examines the role that individual Americans, African American organizations, British government and trade unions, and the United States government played in the liberation of Kenya. It is a

In: African and Asian Studies
The Life and Works of Henry Muoria
Henry Muoria (1914-97), self-taught journalist and pamphleteer, helped to inspire Kenya's nationalisms before Mau Mau. The pamphlets reproduced here, in Gikuyu and English, contrast his own originality with the conservatism of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first President. The contributing editors introduce Muoria's political context, tell how three remarkable women sustained his families' life; and remember him as father. Courageous intellectual, political, and domestic life here intertwine.

- pathetic to indigenous political movements. Hence with the Mau Mau rebellion, in the 1950s, the KKEA was outlawed. THE KIKUYU KARING'A EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (KKEA) arose out of the turmoil created by a missionary ban on female cir- cumcision among the Kikuyu of Central Province of Kenya in 1929. This ban

In: Journal of Asian and African Studies
Author: Annie Gagiano

-tried ‘dissidents’ is generally seen as intended to protect the state from exposure of its villainy. In the present reading of three texts—depicting Malawi under the rule of H. Kamuzu Banda, Ethiopia under the Derg and Kenya over a time-span from the “Mau Mau” 2 revolt until the 2007 elections—the focus is on

In: Matatu
The term 'recent' or 'new' covers novels and some short fiction published between 1980 and 1995, a period characterized by growing pessimism about the state of affairs in both East and West Africa. The section on South Africa deals more narrowly with the 1985-95 watershed marking the end of official apartheid and the beginning of reconstruction. The three sections aim at giving a coherent picture of the main directions in production, highlighting three main centres of interest, Nigeria, Kenya, and the Republic of South Africa, although some novelists from neighbouring countries are also considered (such as Kofi Awoonor from Ghana, Nuruddin Farah from Somalia, and M.G. Vassanji and Abdulrazak Gurnah from Tanzania).
The evaluations conducted in the three sections lead to the emergence of a number of common themes, in particular the writers' predilection for topicality, the role of the past, and the controversy over the idea of the nation. Central themes also include the role of women in fending for themselves, both in rural and in urban environments. A further major theme is the role of the past (the Nigerian civil war; the Mau Mau period in Kenya; the revisiting of slavery; the refurbishing of myth; the questioning of historical reconstructions). The preoccupation of the West, East, and South African novel with the idea and ideal of the 'nation' is explored, particularly in the context of migrancy, hybridity, and transculturalism characterizing the anglophone diaspora.
The volume is aimed at literary scholars and students and, more generally, readers of fiction seeking an introduction to contemporary literary developments in various parts of sub-Saharan anglophone Africa. No categorical distinction is drawn between 'popular' and 'high' literature. Though still selective and not intended as an exhaustive catalogue, the present survey covers a large number of titles. Rather than resorting to broad and ultimately somewhat abstract thematic categories, the contributors endeavour to keep control over this mass of material by applying a 'micro-thematic' taxonomy. This approach, well-tested in the tradition of literary studies within France, groups works analytically and evaluatively in terms of such categories as actional motifs, plot-frames, and sociologically relevant locations or topics, thereby enabling a clearer focus on the dynamics of preoccupation and tendency that form networks of affinity across the fiction produced in the period surveyed.

Bibliographic entry in Chapter 27: Race, Gender, and Culture in U.S. Foreign Relations | Race authorMeriwether, James H.imprintChapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.annotationThe author argues that key events such as the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, the Mau Mau Uprising

In: The SHAFR Guide Online