Kikuyu Culture

Kikuyu Culture (C002) is offered as a CERTIFICATE course examined by Uwezo College. A certificate of completion is issued upon completion of this course. For more information about this course, use the tabs below to navigate.

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Entry Requirements

Anyone interested in studying the African culture and communities

Duration: 1 Months

Delivery Method: Online

Fee Structure

Course Fee Breakdown

Trimester 1

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

Other Mandatory Course Requirements

Course Units/Overview

Trimester 1
KIKCKikuyu Culture

Course Description


  1. Kikuyu Origins
    • Mythology
    • Geographical Settlement and Migration
  2. Kikuyu Language
    • Basic grammar
    • Greetings: Meaning and Functions including their role as indicators of inter-personal relationships
    • Language diversity including dialects
    • Decorum
  3. Kikuyu 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   
  1. Kikuyu recreational activities
    • Games and play activities for children
    • Sports activities for the youth
    • Oral literature: folk songs storytelling, riddles and proverbs
    • Communal eating and drinking as leisure
  1. Health, Wellbeing and Social welfare
    • Children’s illnesses and treatment
    • 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
  1. Kikuyu attire and accessories
    • Dressing for children
    • Dressing for the youth
    • Dressing for Adults
    • Accessories
    • Ceremonial attire and accessories
    • Favorite colors
  1. Kikuyu Economic Activities
    • Farming – types of crops and farming methods
    • Pastoralism – types of animals kept and characteristics of husbandry
    • Trade – intra-Kikuyu and external trade
    • Property ownership at the personal, family, clan and community levels
  1. Kikuyu 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
  1. Religious beliefs
    • Spirits and ancestors
    • Worship activities
    • Priest/diviner and his roles
    • Prophets and seers
    • Curses
  1. 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
    • 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)


Examining Body

Uwezo College


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