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Celebrating Our Independence
Naomi Wanjiku
KenyaGALLERYCONVERSATION
This was a key event that shaped the coming of age of women in my country. The country’s freedom brought tremendous opportunities...
My mother and her mother belong to earlier generations of women. They carry the history of the Kikuyu women, our family history, and specifically my own history. In my work as a woman artist I am inspired by and grateful to these two women. My mother taught me to stitch and knit and my grandmother taught me to make my own yarns and weave colorful baskets. She also taught me to design and color the beautiful Kikuyu homes with clay available in the village.
My grandmother did not have the opportunity to go to school. She however has always been the spiritual guide for the family. She is a living testimony of a dynamic spiritual person whose life is filled with the deep inner joy. She is the tree of spirituality that the family has cherished and drawn from over the years. This is the tree at whose shadow the three generations meet and connect, and shield themselves from the hot African sun.

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