ISAIAH MAGHANGHA’s STORY OF THE AKORINO WOMAN

Published on: Jun 04, 2019

A story of an Akorino woman in the journey of finding herself. Let me take this great opportunity to introduce you to
one of The Most interesting religious cultures in the African continent. The Akorino. A group that started appearing in the middle of the 1920s which grew strictly out of indigenous leadership. Its first generation membership came out of various missions as well as the unchurched population that followed Kikuyu traditional religion. Since their first appearance, different names and titles have been used to refer to them. The colonial administrative files of 1931 refer to them as false prophets. Another name used to refer to them is Aroti.

The name first appeared in the administrative files in February 1934. The name indicates the movement’s emphasis on dreams ‘iroto’ and auditions ‘migambo’. The meaning of the name Akorino is not clear even among
the Akorino themselves. Most Akorino maintain that the name was formed from the question “Mukuri nu?” (Who is
the Redeemer?) Which was popular among the early Akorino in their crowd-pulling evangelistic meetings. A preacher would ask the crowd, “Mukuri nu?” and they would answer, “Nu Jesu” it is Jesus. By 1927, they had increased in number and could easily be noticed by colonial governments. They had also started receiving a lot of attention from the general public and could be seen moving around in groups preaching and praying for the country.”

Isaiah Maghanga is passionate about intentionally creating art minus a box. Making the impossible possible through
digital photography/art.

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