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Monday, 10 December 2012
Malindi District Cultural Association, MADCA....
Cultural Association (MADCA) was started on the 3rd August 2003. Madca
was started with the main objective of reviving culture and cultural activities
among the Mijikenda Community. It came to life after the founders of this
organization realized that there was a fast deprivation of the Mijikenda
culture due to the influence of foreign cultures and religion in the Coastal Region
among the Mijikenda people. This association has gone a step further to trace
the history of the Mijikenda and to highlight and promote the Mijikenda culture
to other communities.
Some MADCA Members
In 2004 MADCA
managed to start a cultural festival (Mekatilili Wa Menza Cultural festival at
Bungale) to honor the heroin of the Mijikenda community called Mekatilili Wa
Menza.This cultural festival was followed by the official launching of The
Kiuyeuye Movement in 2005 at Magarini chiefs camp (Kilifi County) where this
launch brought together the entire cultural activist among the Mijikenda
In the year 2006
Madca established cultural centers starting with Bungale (Kilifi County) the
burial site of Mekatilili Wa Menza, Magarini cultural center, Mekatilili Wa
Menza cultural resource center, Kaloleni (Mepoho Site), Rabai, Mwijo, Hadu and
Gabina (Mrima Wa Ndege) all found in Kilifi county. The main reason of
establishing these cultural centers was to help the circulation of information
among the community from its headquarters that is Mekatilili Wa Menza Menza Cultural
Resource Center.All this time, MADCA has
been able to collect vital information about the Mijikenda including the
history and the bringing back to life the Mijikenda cultural activities.
Mzee Katana Kalulu showing Vigango
can find activities concerning the Mijikenda ceremonies which include birth,
naming, age group knowledge and marriage without leaving behind the literature
part of the Mijikenda which include songs, dances, poems and storytelling.
by Sada Mwarandu.
by : Doris Kamuye – Librarian, Webb Memorial Library