Our friend, Joy Gachuga came across this cucu at Montgomery county fair in Maryland who speaks Kikuyu very well,the father happens to be one of the founders of Kijabe Mission with Johannah Nyenjeri, grandfather of Dr.Teddy Njoroge Kamau, Senior Columnist of Diaspora Messenger.
Many missionaries who move to Kenya are able to speak Kiswahili. For a missionary to speak Kikuyu, they must have grown up in the 1900. This Kikuyu speaking lady’s father grew up in Kijabe in the early 1900s. Her family learned Kikuyu from Johannah Nyenjeri, founding Kenyan pastor of Kijabe mission. The early missionaries are the ones who helped translate the Bible into Kikuyu, the old Kikuyu. Kikuyu is a tone language, and to speak it, one must understand where the tone lies! For example, “Kahiu ne Kahiu.” These were special kind of foreign missionaries who believed that the tribal people and their language were as important to God as they were. Very Special!
“Ne Kwega na guku ne Kwega!”
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD)
Diaspora Messenger Senior Columnist