DOCUMENENTARY ON FIELD MARSHAL DEDAN KIMATHI

This is an in depth look at Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi. Kimathi was the top military leader of the The Kenya Land and Freedom Army in the 1950’s. he fought against British colonialism in Kenya in what is generally referred to as the Mau Mau war for independence. Kimathi was savagery murdered in 1957 by the British, today, Kimathi is celebrated as an African hero without peer.

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11 thoughts on “DOCUMENENTARY ON FIELD MARSHAL DEDAN KIMATHI

    1. Thank you very much for taking interest in Dedan Kimathi, he is one great one whose name and fame still survive to this day.I do not know whether a biography on him exist but: MAU MAU FROM WITHIN BY BERNAT AND KARARI NJAMA,DEDAN KIMATHI THE REAL STORY BY SAM KAHIGA,can really help you in understanding the man. You can also check out the documentary on Dedan Kimathi done by Gathu Wahome on utube

      1. Thanks so much for all the info. I came across a historical fiction novel by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo entitled The Trial of Dedan Kimathi but I think I’ll start off with your recommendations first (if I can find them!)

      2. HE HE glad to see that you also read Ngugi Wa Thing’o, he is my hero. Amazon or ebay is a good place to start.Books on Dedan Kimathi are hard to find, but if you know your way around the library as i do , it will be a piece of cake. i have read most books about the mau mau revoloution in Kenya and the role Kimathi played in the movement, IT NO WONDER MY POETRY IS PREOCCUPIED WITH MAU MAU.Our history is of pain and grief.MAU MAU BETRAYED BY MAINA WA KINYATTI AND LETTERS OF KIMATHI ARE ALSO OTHER VALUABLE SOURCES

      3. Wa Thiong’o is amazing. I’m hoping to read some more books by him this year. I’m really impressed by his promoting the use of local languages, that is so important.
        I’m embarrassed to say I only learned about the Mau Mau last year, which is why I’ve made it a priority to read as much African literature as possible this year. Thanks again for your recommendations!

      4. I am not surprised that you first heard of Mau Mau and Dedan Kimathi last, retrogressive forces have been tying to bury that part of Kenyan history for the past half a century, this is so because many of them who are in power today are a bit embarrassed or ashamed of the role they themselves played or their fathers played the during the Mau Mau revolution.largely the Kenyan ruling class is made of Homegurds, or to put it better in Kimathi’s words: barrens of the land or traitors. Ngugi wa Thiongo has run himself in to problems for trying to expose this part of history in his novels, plays and essays, that is also the reason he is in exile. MATIGARI a book written in Gikuyu language is a must read. In his essays DECOLONIZING THE MIND, he speaks of importance of using indigenous languages as the first step towards decolonization. we have a lot to talk about: ngamia fujo is my face book address and also twitter; if your mind is clear invite me as your friend , but if that is not for you ,well, i will be content with discussing books on this blog. Thank you. Have you ever read some Taban lo Liyong ?

      5. I DON’T WANT TO SOUND NAIVE OR RACIST OR ANY THING, BUT WHO OF THE RIGHT MIND DOES NOT KNOW THAT BBC AND CNN AND OTHER WESTERN MEDIA ARE PROPAGANDA MACHINES.SELECTIVE LISTENING IS THE WAY TO GO, WATCH AND LISTEN BUT NEVER BELIEVE THEM.THANK YOU. AND YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED MY QUESTION, HAVE YOU EVER READ ANY WORK BY TABAN LO LIYONG ? HE IS FROM SUDAN AND APEER OF NGUGI AND ACHEBE, 13 ARROWS TO OUR ENEMIES IS ONE OF MY FAV BOOK BY HIM

      6. Yes, of course, I agree but at least they made me aware of the Mau Mau struggle, hence my desire to learn more. I haven’t heard of Liyong but I added all the books you mentioned to my list so I hope to read them all soon. Thanks again.

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