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The Gikuyu Clans

The kikuyu tribe “Gikuyu” believe to have originated from Gikuyu and Mumbi who were the first people to be created by a supreme being “Ngai”. Ngai, who is believed to reside in Mt. Kenya created Gikuyu and Mumbi allocating them land at the south-west of Mt. Kenya.

The first Gikuyu homestead was built by Gikuyu in “Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga” in Murang’a (This place remains sacred to the kikuyu community full of fig trees and is gazetted as a cultural site) under a fig “mugumo” tree.

The couple was blessed with nine daughters, namely, Wanjiru, Wambui, Njeri, Wanjiku, Nyambura, Wairimu, Waithira, Wangari and Wangui without any son. the nine daughters formed the nine kikuyu clans. when the daughters reached marrying age, Gikuyu prayed and offered sacrifices to Ngai under a mugumo tree, and nine men appeared under the tree the following day. The married the daughters reproducing and increasing the descendants of the Agikuyu over the years.

The clans are named after the daughters as described below:

Wanjiru formed the Anjiru clan, Wanjiku the mother of Anjiku clan, Wambui mother of Ambui clan, Wangui or Waithiegeni mothers of Angui or Aithiegeni clans, Waithira or Wangeci mothers of Aithirandu or Angeci clans, Waceera or Wanjeri mother of Aceera clan, Nyambura or Akiuruor Ethaga mother of Ethaga clan, Wairimu or Gathiigia mother of Airimu or Agathigia clan, Wangari or muithekahuno mother of Angari clan also known as Aithekahuno.

Attributes of Each Clan

Anjiru: Wira wao ni wa kuhingira thu cia ruriri, magongona ma 
kurathima mbutu cia mbara 

They are the defenders and offer sacrifices for warriors before war

Ambui: Kuiyira na guthiganira ruriri hitho cia thu na Kwenda 
unene kana utongoria
 

They are the spies in the land and always seek leadership

Agaciku: Atahiri a ruriri, Nimendete muno gukiana 

They are very good brokers and negotiators

Aceera: Aciririri a ruriri, gutugania na kanua na ciugo njega no 
kuheana kindu ni hinya

They are good lawyers and have a very sweet tongue. However, they are very mean

Airimu kana Agathigia: Kuhingira thu na ihooto rurini-ini

They are defenders of the land

Ambura kana Ethaga/Akiuru: Kurumanira thu cia ruriri aingi ni arigitani na mari 
mithaiga na urogi

They are doctors but are also thought to be witchdoctors

Angari kana Aithekahuno: Ni agwimi a ruriri , ni hinga.

They are investigators in the community (CID)

Angui kana Aithiegeni: Aigwithania agutwara uhoro kiama-ini.

They are messengers in the land

Angeci kana Aithera andu: Thigari cia ruriri. 
They are the warriors who protect the land

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  • Mercy Gitari

    This is informative

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