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Reinventing Africa's national heroes: The case of Mekatilili, a Kenyan popular heroine

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A nation's heroes are rarely fixed and are frequently reassessed and reinterpreted by new generations. In the case of a number of African countries, the very masculine liberation heroes of yesteryear often prove divisive, emerging from very fraught histories. In this context, there are moves to broaden the pantheon of heroes and make history more inclusive. In Kenya, where the contested history of Mau Mau provides several heroes, Mekatilili wa Menza, a female figure from the coast who played ...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1093/afraf/adw051

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
OSGA
Sub department:
African Studies
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Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
African Affairs More from this journal
Volume:
115
Issue:
461
Pages:
599–620
Publication date:
2016-10-14
Acceptance date:
2016-04-22
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EISSN:
1468-2621)
ISSN:
0001-9909
Pubs id:
pubs:631827
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uuid:674a1ae3-e653-4f2f-809e-6b19c005f199
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pubs:631827
Source identifiers:
631827
Deposit date:
2016-07-04

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