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|Summary and Quick Quiz|
Embu County lies some 120 kilometers north east of Nairobi, on south-eastern side of Mount Kenya. The county covers an area of 2,818 square kilometres and has a populations of 543,221 persons. The county borders Tharaka Nithi County to the North, Machakos County to the south, Kitui County to the east, Kirinyaga County to the West and Murang’a County to the south west.
The County is also referred to as Kirimari as its nick name which means “top of the hill” in Kiembu. The people in Embu County are mainly Christians.
Embu is served with six major rivers, these are:
The area constitutes of several language groups, these include:
Most of them stay in the watered northern side around Runyenjes, Embu and Manyatta towns. They are mainly famers.
Their main cash crops are Coffee and Team.They also grow food crops like Maize Cassava, Millet and many others.
They are found around Siakago, Ishiara, Kanyuambora and Kiritiri towns. They are small scale farmers mainly bee keeping and livestock rearing. Ishiara is the main market in the area where the products are sold. These people are mainly known for cash crops such as cotton and food crops such as maize, cow peas, beans, pigeon peas and green grams.
They live in Makima which is the lower regions of Embu. While they are natively known for their carving and basketry skills, Kambas also do a lot of subsistence farming, bee keeping and goat rearing in Embu. Some of the crops growing in the area include cowpeas, green grams, sorghum, millet among others.
The Kikuyu people living in Embu County are mainly traders, business people and civil servants working in government corporations and institutions. Apart from being skillful in entrepreneurship, the Kikuyus also like farming and a number of them have bought land and settled in the peripheries of Embu town.
In Embu and Mbeere culture, the birth of a child is an important event for the whole community. It is an assurance of not only the continuity of the family lineage, but also an assurance of the continuity and survival of the community as a whole. This is the social context within which the songs in this category are sung. They are sung at the arrival of a new baby, when conforming the name of the baby, and when taking gifts to the baby and the mother.
The ceremony entailed is usually performed as a ritual. One of the major functions of poetry in the initiation process is to help the initiate attain physiological as well as psychological therapy. The theme of the songs also instruct the initiates about what is expected of them in that particular stage.
The dancers made their own apparatus like the dancing sticks and shields called migage and mivaru for the ngiro dance, and also a musical instrument like ngotho made of a gourd cut on both ends so that the hand could be pushed through to tap the ngotho with a special stick for the kiboia dance.
The main cash crops in the area are:
Areas where fishing is practiced
There are a variety of wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, bush bulks, baboons, hippos, Columbus monkeys and numerous species of birds.
Products of traditional industries
Gemstone minning around: