Kikuyu Resources: Books and Guides

Kikuyu Resources and Books on History, Culture, Heritage & Architecture.

A warm welcome to Kikuyuland’s Kikuyu Resources and Books Page.

Thank you for visiting this page and your interest in learning the Kikuyu Culture. On this page, you will find many Kikuyu resources (books, thesis, and guides).

Please note that this is a Living page meaning that updates are made occasionally with additional books, guides, and materials included all the time.

The list is not exhaustive!

Kikuyu Resources and Books 1000 Kikuyu Proverbs by G. Barra
1000 Kikuyu Proverbs by G. Barra

Free Downloadable Kikuyu Resources, Books & guides

1. Transformation of Kikuyu Traditional Architecture by Joseph Kamenju – View Source

2. 50 Kikuyu Proverbs: Thimo Mirongo Itano ya Agikuyu – Download

3. With a Prehistoric People: The Akikuyu of British East Africa by Routledge (1910) – Visit Archives Source

4. A Story of Gikuyu and the Europeans – Download

5. Facing Mt. Kenya Digital Copy – Download

Websites, Social Accounts, and Blogs

1. Mukuyu: Gīkūyū Centre for Cultural Studies – Visit Website 

2. Mutiiri: Muthioerwo Ndahonaga – Visit Website

3. Hub Pages: Emmanuel Kariuki – Visit Website

4. Modern Kikuyu: Kikuyuland – Visit Account

5. Agikuyu Women on Twitter – Visit Account

6. Kikuyu Council of Elders on Facebook – Visit Page

Amazon ebooks

1. “With a Prehistoric People, the Akikuyu of British East Africa: Being Some Account of the Method of Life and Mode of Thought Found Existent Amongst a Nation on Its First Contact With European Civilisation.” by W. Scoresby Routledge – Buy Now

2. “A White King in East Africa: The Remarkable Adventures of John Boyes, Trader, and Soldier of Fortune, Who Became King of the Savage Wa-Kikuyu (1912)” – Buy Now

3. “Kikuyu Folktales: Their Nature and Value” by Rose Mwangi – Buy Now

4. “A History of the Kikuyu, 1500-1900” by Godfrey Muriuki – Buy Now

5. “The Agikuyu: 1890 – 1965 (Kikuyu Edition)” by Maina Wa Kinyatti – Buy Now

6. “A Grain of Wheat (Penguin African Writers Series)” by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – Buy Now

7. “Facing Mount Kenya: The Tribal Life of the Gikuyu by Jomo Kenyatta” – Buy Now

8. “The Trial of Dedan Kimathi” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – Buy Now

9. “Agikuyu Folk Tales Hardcover – Import, 1966” by Ngumbu. NJURURI – Buy Now

10. “Defeating Mau Mau” by Louis Leakey – Buy Now

11. “Mau Mau and the Kikuyu” by Louis Leakey – Buy Now

Kikuyu Resources & Books in Kenyan Bookshops

1. 1000 Kikuyu Proverbs with translations and English equivalents by G. Barra

2. The River Between (African Writers Series) by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

3. Devil on the Cross (Penguin African Writers Series) by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

4. Unbowed: One Woman’s Story by Wangari Maathai

5. Moving the Centre: The struggle for cultural freedoms by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

6. Mihiriga ya Agikuyu by G. Wanjau

7. Kwarahura Muhooere Wa Gikuyu Na Mumbi by G. Wanjau

Other Kikuyu Resources & Books worth looking for

1. Kirira Kia Ugikuyu by M.N Kabetu

2. Southern Kikuyu (1,2 &3) by Dr. Louis Leakey

3. The Akikuyu: Their Customs, Traditions, and Folkrole by C. Cagnolo

4. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by C. Elkins

5. Miikarire ya Agikuyu by K. Gathigira

6. Wirute Guthoma by Fred Kago

7. My people of Kikuyu and the Life of Chief Wangombe by Jomo Kenyatta

8. Conquest for Christ in Kenya by D. Mathew

9. The Book of Civilization by A. Paterson

10. The Mau Mau in Kenya by G. Roberts

11. Before the Dawn in Kenya by C. Wilson

Do you have any other Kikuyu resources and books worth sharing with the community? List them in the comment section below or contact us.

Mukuyu Blog also has a great catalog of books about Kikuyu Culture, History and Architecture.

Enjoy reading and remember to share your experience with the rest.

Nyūmba ya Gīkūyū na Mūmbi Mwene-Nyaga amūrathime mūno.