Writing Kenyan History from the Indigenous Perspective


Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia director of NMK and Mr Shahbib Abdu chairman of the Baluchi community signing the memorandum

Apart from colonial documents, notes and literature, local history is mostly based on oral tradition.

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) has responsibly opened the doors of historical research by challenging Kenyans to write their own history as played out by their ancestors rather than to blindly accept historical narrations from the colonial point of view.

The Baluch Community embraced the commendable proposal by NMK and accepted the challenge.

Moreover, the Asian African Heritage’s (AAHT) positive participation fully supported the NMK in its efforts to promote the writing of Kenyan history from the indigenous perspective and pledged to work closely with the Baluch Community and NMK so that the objective may be realized.

On Sunday, the 11th of October 2015, the NMK, AAHT and the Baluch Community signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Fort Jesus Museum, one of Kenya’s foremost historical monuments.

The Baluch Community shall set up a gallery inside the Fort Jesus that shall display their hitherto unknown intriguing history.

Elders and members of the Old Town community were invited to witness the occasion.

Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee, chairman of AAHT, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, director of NMK and Mr. Shahbib Abdu, chairman of the Baluchi community signed the memorandum.

The MOU was signed in the presence of Mr. Nazim Mitha a prominent member of AAHT.

Dr. Kalandar Khan, director of the newly-formed Kenya Heritage Training Institute (KHTI) and Mrs. Saadu Hashim, the chief curator of the Fort Jesus Museum also attended the function.

Courtesy: Coastweek.com  

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