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Kima is a city in USA: KEMAH (pronounce "KIMA" a place in western Kenya) is a city in Galveston Country, Texas, USA, with a population of 2,330 according to the 2000 census. The city is an attractive tourist destination for many Texans, residents from other states and countries. The word "Kemah" means "wind in the face" or "facing the wind" and its derived from the Karankawa (Auia) people, a now extinct Native American peoples. "Karankawa" were part of the Native American 'nations' that existed in the Americas for years before the arrival of the immigrants. The word means "dog-raisers" or "people who raise dogs" as in "watu wa kwanza kufuga mbwa" au "wafuga mbwa mwiti" in the same way ancient Egyptians raised cats. Submitted by: Akhayati Muchenditsi
First Luhya journalist: Did you know that WWW Awori was the first known Luhya journalist? Awori edited the Indian-owned Swahili weekly Habari in I945 then moved on to edit Sauti ya Mwafrika before establishing his own paper in 1948 known as Radio Posta which began as a Swahili weekly and developed into a daily. In 1945 Awori also began a Luhya newspaper, Omuluhya, which lasted until 1947. The Maragoli Society started Mulina was Vosi in 1949. In 1950 Avaluhya Times was established and Omwemeli Wabaluhya in 1952. The second known Luhya journalist was Joseph Daniel Otiende who jointly edited the weekly African Leader, established in 1946 and written in Swahili and English with James Gichuru. Both individuals used the media as a mouthpiece for political ends. Otiende became the first minister for education in the Kenyatta government while Awori was the first Luhya to sit in the Legislative Assembly before independence in 1963
Tiriki is Kalenjin not Luhya: Did you know that Tiriki is a Kalenjin name? It is derived from a Kalenjin tribe known as Terikeek who straddle Nandi and Hamisi Districts. The name came about because Luhya immigrants who underwent the Terikeek circumcision rituals automatically became Terik which Bantu Luhya mispronounced as Tiriki.
Nyang'ori is derogatory: Did you know that Nyang'ori is a derogatory word? It is derived from the Luo word "ng'or" which means cowpeas. In pre colonial Kenya, the pastoral Terik gained notoriety as pilfers of cowpeas growing in Luo gardens and called them Nyang'ori and the name stuck. The Terikeek of course do not like it and get offended if called Nyang'ori.
Chief Justice of Uganda is a Luhya: Did you know that the Chief Justice of Uganda is a Luhya? Benjamin Odoki is a Saamia Ugandan from the Abakhobe clan. This clan is also found among Abamarachi of Butula, Busia.
Kisa is a town in Sweden: Did you know that Kisa is also a name of a town in Sweden? It is found in Ostergotland county. Khisa is a village in Botswana while KISA is an acronym for Korea Intelligence Services Agency.
Museveni is Luhya: Did you know that Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is Luhya? Museveni from Rwakitura in Nyabushozi county in Kiruhuura district, comes from the Bahima clan of the Banyankole. This clan is also found among Abawanga of Mumias, Kenya and are the original founders of what we now know as Wanga Kingdom. Descended from the Chwezi Kingdom, Bahima are also found among the Tutsi of Rwanda and Bahaya of Tanzania.
Marama of Australia: Did you know that Marama is a town in Australia? It is a town in the District Council of Karoonda East Murray near Karoonda, South Australia. It has a town hall, post office and an automated telephone exchange. Butere county council should seek twining arrangements. More...
|Kisii of West Africa: Did you know that Kisii tribe is found in three countries in West Africa in addition to Kenya? Kisii exist in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Did you also know that Kisii or Gusii as they sometimes call themselves are related to the Maragoli? Legend has it that Mulogoli and Mugusii were brothers who separated and led their families and lineages to settle in what is now their present geographical abode.
Is Nyasaye on Luo or Luhya's side?: Did you know that a Luo tribe in Uganda known as Jopadhola calls God Were (Babukusu God of Mount Elgon) rather than Nyasaye? The jury is still out on whose God Nyasaye is between the Luo and sections of the Luhya tribes but what is certain is that Nyasaye is alien to the Luo of Uganda. The major Luo tribes in Uganda (Acholi and Lango) and Congo (Alur) call God Jok while the Sudanese Luo, the Dinka's name for God is Chieng. The Luhya justify their divine right to Nyasaye by the word they use to mean prayer (verb: khusaya; noun: lisayo (singular) or amasayo (plural). While the Luo word for prayer is lamo. The Abagusii (Kisii), another Bantu tribe closely related to the Luhya also call God Nyasae. It is worth noting that there are other words with similar meaning in both Luo and Luhya. The Luo word for homestead is dala while in Luhya it is litala. The Luo say konya to mean help; the Luhya say khonya or konya in logooli. Who stole from who? Do you know better?
Maragoli of Tanzania: Did you know that Avalogooli are also to be found in Tanzania? It is estimated that there are at least 400 inhabitants in northern Tanzanian region of Kagera. Did you also know that there is an estimated 10,000 Maragolis in South Nyanza? They live in Uriri and during elections, this community is often sought as a tie breaker by the indigenous Luo. During the 1997 elections, a Maragoli candidate stood for elections in Uriri constituency.
Lokoli in Cameroon: Did you know that a town called "Lokoli" is situated in Cameroon? But Maragoli (Logoli) are sometimes referred to as" Lokoli". But Misri (Egypt) origins seem plausible too as the Egyptians and Palestians use the name: "Samia". May be, we [luhyas] left Misri around 500BC and passed through Cameroon, moved to Congo and Uganda, and a big chunk of Luhyas ended up in South-western Kenya. By John Wilbur Ogutu
Bukusu of Congo: Did you know that the Balunda clan of the Babukusu is also found in Congo, Zambia and Angola? It is descendent from the once powerful Lunda Kingdom from the Katanga region in Congo. The strength and prosperity of the kingdom enabled its military and ruling classes to conquer other tribes, especially to the East. In the 18th Century a number of migrations took place as far as the region to the south of Lake Tanganyika. The Bemba people of Northern Zambia descended from Luba migrants who arrived in Zambia throughout the 17th century.
Saniaga of Mali: Saniaga is a major clan in Maragoli but did you know that there is a place in Mali known as Saniaga? It is also said that the Zanaki tribe in Tanzania to which Tanzania's first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere belonged (located in Butiama along the shores of Lake Victoria) is a corruption of Saniaga. It is also said that Saniaga or Saniak was originally a Tachoni clan. Do you know better?
Suba no more: Did you know that Lusuba (language of the Abasuba who inhabit Mfangano and Rusinga Islands in Kenya) is listed by Unesco as among Africa's 300 languages that are extinct or on the verge of exinction? The Suba are a bantu tribe living in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. They originally fled to Kenya around 1750 from Buganda and were known as Abakunta. The dominant and aggressive Luo have completely vanguished their culture and language so that most Abasuba consider themselves as Luo. Famous Abasuba in Kenya include the late Tom Mboya and veteran journalist, Philip Ochieng.
Nyala of Sudan: Apart from being a Luhya tribe (found in Kakamega, Busia and Uganda) and an animal roaming south African plains, did you know that Nyala is also a town in Sudan? It is the capital of South Darfur. And if you prefer, you can dine in Nyala Restaurant in Vancouver, Canada.