|Dr. Koua Méa- The role of Traditional Religion in the Independence Movements of Kenya:|
The role of Traditional Religion in the Independence Movements of Kenya:
A Study of N’gugi Wa Thiongo’s Fiction.
Dr. Koua Méa
Université de Cocody.
Kenya, like any country which faced colonization, found at a certain moment
the need to fight for freedom. During that struggle for independence, African colonies
had to count on many factors among which, religion. It is to be noted that the first
elites who later on became founding fathers of African states that newly achieved
independence were pure products of schools created by Christian missionaries. One
could mention to this end the first president of Ghana Kwame N’krumah, the first
president of Senegal, Leopold S. Senghor and even that of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta. In
the case of Kenya, beyond the role played by Christianity, African religion also took
an active part in the process that led to the freedom of this country and its people.