Nyika

(redirected from Mijikenda)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

Nyika

 

(Wanjika), a people in Kenya, inhabiting the shore regions of Malindi, Kilifi, Kwale, and, in part, Mombasa. Their population, including other closely related peoples (Digo, Duruma, Giryama, Rabai, and others), is approximately 400,000 (1967, estimate). Their language is Kinyika (Nyika), which belongs to the eastern group of Bantu languages. The Nyika were exposed to Swahili and Arabic influence. Most of the Nyika profess the Islamic faith (Sunnite sect); some preserve the traditional beliefs of their ancestors. Their main occupation is farming (including fishing among the Digo and cattle raising among the Duruma). Seasonal migratory work on plantations (sisal and other crops) and in cities is increasing.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The historical land injustices and marginalisation in Lamu, Mombasa and Kwale have been identified as reasons why youth from the Swahili, Bajuni and Mijikenda communities joined Al-Shabaab and Isis.
Others, including those by myself, are in Swahili and/or Mijikenda dialects.
Let us draw here on examples from two regions of Kenya, two dance genres belonging to two communities: isukuti dance of the Isukha and Idakho Luhya communities (24) in Western Kenya and gonda dance of the Giriama Mijikenda community (25) in the coastal region and coastal hinterland.
Maer rhain yn cynnwys mannau sanctaidd yng ngogledd Kenya, sef cartrefi hynafiadol y bobl Aweer, a fforestydd Kaya'r de, sef cartrefi hynafiadol y bobl Mijikenda.
Maer rhain yn cynnwys mannau sanctaidd yng ngogledd Kenya, sef cartref hynafiadol y bobl Aweer, a fforestydd Kaya'r de, sef cartref hynafiadol y bobl Mijikenda.
They include Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, Kenya's Lake Systems, the Lake Turkana national park, Mt Kenya national park and Mijikenda Kaya forests.
For example, I visited the World Heritage Site, Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests in Kenya, which consists of guarded sacred forests.
But school officials believed the hand-carved totems were stolen from Kenya's Mijikenda tribe, which uses them as spiritual markers to memorialize an elder's death.
4) In the case of the latter, members of the Kamba and Kikuyu communities were warned to return to their ancestral territories and to leave the province for Mijikenda communities.
A Critique of Power from Mijikenda in Coastal Kenya >> : 158-189, in G.
In mid-February 2007 a mob killed an 81-year-old man of the Mijikenda community in Kilifi District, Coast Province, alleging that he had cursed his three grandchildren who had died a few days earlier.