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Legacies Of Kenya Essay

1270 words - 6 pages

Many different tribal communities inhabited Kenya, during its pre-colonial period. Today there are about 42 different tribes in Kenya who are all different from each other ("Safari in Africa”). The Agikuyu and the Miji Kenda were farmers, the Maasai and the Samburu lived off of livestock, and the majority like the Luo and the Abagusii practiced a mixture of crop cultivation and pastoral work. Subsistence production was the norm and manual labor came from the family. Classes were mostly non-existent and poverty was not much of an issue either as reciprocity was largely practiced. Relations between other tribal communities were for the most part were good as they traded, married with each other, and had limited and sporadic conflicts (Ndege). Foreigners first appeared in Kenya with the constant visits by Arab traders who eventually created Arab and Persian colonies. (“A Brief History”) The Portuguese who later held their own colonies in what is now Kenya were defeated by the Ottoman Arabs, who ultimately were overpowered by the growth of the British and Germans. This constant change of power in the area was due to competition in slave trade. However, like in the rest of Africa, the official start of colonialism in Kenya began with the 1884/85 Berlin Conference.
With the 1886 Anglo-German Agreement and agreements through the Berlin Conference, Britain established protectorate over Kenya. Kenya’s boundaries were delineated without the consultation the tribal groups and communities that inhabited the area. With the new boundaries Britain brought together over forty formerly autonomous communities into one territorial country (Ndege). These boundaries were responsible for separating tribes and communities, such as the Maasai and Kuria, between Kenya and what is now known as Tanzania. This was also the case for the Somali who were split p among Kenya, Somali and Ethiopia, the Luo who were divided also between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and the Teso and the Samia among Kenya and Uganda (Ndege). This issue became a major problem that would affect every aspect of life in Africa, as tribal ties were the most important things in African culture. Where the separation of tribes created most trouble was in politics.
Today Kenya is troubled in a political sense, as was proved by the violent and uncontrolled elections of December 2007, in which somewhere around 1,000 people were killed and over 300,000 made homeless ("Kenya Profile") Targeted ethnic violence directed towards the Kikuyu people, the community that the controversially elected president Kibaki belonged to. Although Kenya has had surprising political stability despite having issues like at one point having only one legal political party, alliances and disagreements begin with tribal loyalties and disagreements. This history implies that tribal identity is more important than creating national identity in a country where the notion of tribal identity is challenged by western...

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