Ubuntu and the Kenyan Renaissance: A Reading of Going Down River Road and Kill Me Quick by Meja Mwangi

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Tangaza University College
This thesis examines the status of Ubuntu in Kenya as a means for a rebirth of state governance and societal development. It explores the possibility of adopting Ubuntu as a way of tackling the challenge of political tensions which have taken shape in Kenyan politics before and after independence. This paper considers the works of a Kenyan popular writer Meja Mwangi, in his celebrated writings entitled Going Down River Road and Kill Me Quick. He examines the value of humanism in the society and tries to explain how society has lost the concept of humanism that was very essential in the indigenous African society. It places centrality on the dignity of human person, and hence the community having a great role in the development of the person from childhood to adulthood. This research therefore employs critical reflections as a philosophical research method in the collection and analysis of data. It considers various insights and contributions of many writers and philosophers, particularly in the modern error. Data collection was from both primary and secondary sources, unearthed, through personal readings and critical reflections on the philosophical realm, rather, laying foundation on Meja Mwangi’s findings on Ubuntu philosophy. Through the study, it is established that in Mwangi’s novels, societal stratification based on classes, gender, wealth, socio economic factors and occupation greatly influences the humaneness nature in the society. This kind of cohesion could only have ceased when Members embrace moral values as core pillars in life, thus improving the human dignity and respect for human life. These will greatly contribute to the reduction of political unrests and social stratification in Kenya.
Ubuntu and the Kenyan Renaissance:, A Reading of Going Down River Road and Kill Me Quick by Meja Mwangi