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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.

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Such beliefs, although grounded in local African traditional beliefs, especially among the Mijikenda communities, also blend with Islamic beliefs in evil spirits or jinn, locally referred to as majini.
Swahilis were no longer workshy spivs but the pillars of a new town elite - and the Mijikenda had been born.
Politics tends to make us more Maasai, more Kisii, more Mijikenda, more Luo than Kenyan and this presents a hurdle towards nationhood.
The judge also directed the case file to be taken to Chief Justice David Maraga so he can set up a panel of an uneven number of judges to hear the petition.The Dock Workers Union and Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri), which had filed the petition alongside the Taireni Association of Mijikenda, were withdrawn from the proceedings following their respective applications.
The author discusses the tension between an Arab-Persian-Islamic identity and an earlier and continuous- Bantu (especially Mijikenda) influence.
Morton has himself laid most stress on the use of archival material for the period under study, but he did in fact carry out a considerable number of interviews with Mijikenda and Swahili-speaking elders, especially at Rabai, where he lived.
USPK is a national party that seeks to unite, not only the indigenous Mijikenda, but all the other communities in the region and the country.
The Dock Workers Union (DWU), a human rights lobby group and an association of community members have filed a petition challenging a memorandum of understanding between the government and a shipping company regarding operations and management of a container terminal at the port of Mombasa.DWU, Taireni Association of Mijikenda and Muslims for Human Rights, who have filed the petition at the High Court in Mombasa, are seeking a declaration that the MoU between the government and Mediterranean Shipping Company is illegal and unconstitutional.
(1993) Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
The occasion was celebrated by the Orma, Pokomo, Wardei, Malakote and Mijikenda at Shirikisho village.
Two months ago, Juma Charo, a resident, was attacked by a greyish snake which is known as fira (spitting cobra) in the local Mijikenda dialect.
They include the leaders of the Dock Workers Union and civil society groups such as the Taireni Association of the Mijikenda, Muhuri and Muslims for Human Rights.