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19-01-2010

The role of Traditional Religion in the Independence Movements of Kenya:

A Study of N’gugi Wa Thiongo’s Fiction.

Dr. Koua Méa

Département d’Anglais,

Université de Cocody.

Introduction

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.

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