Mashujaa Wetu: Kenyan Superheroes
Tech Giant Google joined in on the Mashujaa Day celebrations over the weekend by honoring the valiant women & men who shaped the history of our country by fighting, tenaciously for their communities’ land, freedom and well-being. Google Arts and Culture in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya, launched Superheroes stories to mark this year’s Mashujaa Day and enhance Kenya’s heritage.
Superheroes is an online exhibition that celebrates Kenya’s history by honouring heroes and heroines from all the 44 Kenyan communities. Superheroes is part of the first-ever digital exhibition titled ‘Utamaduni Wetu: Meet the People of Kenya’ which celebrates Kenya’s cultures, beliefs, generations and geography.
These moving and inspiring stories will remind you of why you should be proud and appreciative of your culture and of the influences and contribution from other cultures because that is what makes us all Kenyan. Here are some sample stories that I found particularly compelling:
- The great women architects of Gabbra had thought of sustainable housing before it became a modern trend.
- Koisa ole Lengai of the Yaaku leaves his village, starts his journey to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi and goes on a mission to save a language.
- Ciokaraine M’Barungu, a prominent female diviner, leader and human rights activist from Meru inspired generations of feminists.
You can relive the experiences of 61 remarkable pre-independence heroes HERE