Kamba Culture

Kamba Culture (C001) is offered as a CERTIFICATE course examined by Uwezo College. For more information about this course, use the tabs below to navigate.

Entry Requirement

Anyone interested in learning more about the African Culture and the ways of the community.

Duration: 3 Months

Delivery Method: Online

Fee Structure

Course Fee Breakdown

Full Course Fees
Registration FeeKES 1,000.00
E-Learning FeeKES 1,000.00
Examination and Certification FeeKES 1,000.00
Tuition FeeKES 12,000.00
Total: KES 15,000.00

Course Units/Overview


Course Description

CONTENTS:

  1. Kamba Origins
    • Mythology
    • Geographical Settlement and Migration
    • Kamba People outside Kenya
  2. Kamba Language
    • Basic grammar
    • Greetings: Meaning and Functions including their role as indicators of inter-personal relationships
    • Language diversity including dialects
    • Decorum
  3. Kamba clans
    • Common clans and their peculiar attributes
    • Role of clans including social functions
  4. Common foods and Drinks
    • Common meals and their preparations
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  5. Kamba recreational activities
    • Games and play activities for children
    • Sports activities for the youth
    • Kamba Songs
    • Oral literature: folk songs storytelling, riddles and proverbs
    • Communal eating and drinking as leisure
  6. Health, Wellbeing and Social welfare
    • Children’s illnesses and treatment
    • Common diseases/illneses from birth to one year
    • Traditional medicine and the role of the herbalist
    • Superstitions (Witch craft and witches)
    • Epidemics and natural calamities (famine and disease outbreaks)
    • Social welfare – supporting each other
  7. Kamba attire and accessories
    • Dressing for children
    • Dressing for the youth
    • Dressing for Adults
    • Accessories
    • Ceremonial attire and accessories
    • Favorite colors
  8. Kamba Economic Activities
    • Farming – types of crops and farming methods
    • Pastoralism – types of animals kept and characteristics of husbandry
    • Trade – intra-Kamba and external trade
    • Property ownership at the personal, family, clan and community levels
  9. Kamba social and governance structures
    • Family level
    • Village organization
    • Clans system
    • Dispute resolution mechanisms
  1. Defense
    1. Fighting tools and implements
    2. Self-defense
    3. Defense of the family
    4. Defense of the community
    5. Colonial Era
  1. Religious beliefs
    • Spirits and ancestors
    • Worship activities
    • Priest/diviner and his roles
    • Prophets and seers
    • Curses
  2. Traditional practices and ceremonies

      From birth to 7 years:

  • Naming conventions
  • Informal education

            From 7 to 15 years:

  • Initiation rites for boys and Girls
  • Religious rituals
  • Pass time activities
  • Societal roles and economic activities
  1. Marriage and family
    • Function of marriage
    • Courtship
    • The process of marrying
    • Types of marriages
    • Polygamy
    • Religious rituals associated with marriage
    • Raising children
    • Dealing with childlessness (barren/impotent)
    • Gender roles in marriage
    • Dispute resolution in marriage
    • Divorce
    • Religious rituals associated with marriage
    • Societal roles and economic activities
  2. Becoming an elder (from 45 to 70 years)
    • Stages towards becoming an elder
    • Religious rituals associated with becoming an elder
    • Pass time and recreation activities for elders
    • Societal roles and economic activities of elders
  1. Death and burial/body disposal
    • Meaning of Death
    • Mourning
    • Life Expectancy
    • Causes of death (natural, witchcraft, curses)
    • Burial rites (Children, young people, elders; male, female)
    • Burial locations
    • Time of burial
    • Beliefs about live after death
    • Rituals after funeral

Course Instructor(s)

Japheth M Mwaniki
TBA

Examining Body

Uwezo College

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