Origin of The Nubians

Who are the Nubians?

English: African black Nubian woman, Egyptian ...
English: African black Nubian woman, Egyptian Sudan 3/4 lgth., standing, facing right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nubians are non-Arab Muslim tribes from the Nubia region in Sudan. This is an area between Aswan in southern Egypt and Dongola in northern Sudan.

Most Nubian groups speak their own dialect of the Nubian language mixed with Arabic, (Arabic being the common language of business and trade in Sudan).

Although this group of people essentially speak different languages, they are identical in social, economic and cultural organization. This was the reason why those of them who relocated to East Africa – i.e. in Kenya, Uganda and parts of Tanzania found it easy to identify themselves as Nubians with one common language,(Nubian language).

Nubian lives

The Nubians are traditionally settled farmers. They are characterized mostly by dark skin. Although some of them have what might be called “Arab” or ” Mediterranean ” features, while the others have more ” Central African ” features.

Clearly they are not and never were ” pure race “. Since from ancient times they have intermingled with people from both northern Sudan and southern Egypt.

The Nubians are unified however by their strong cultural allegiance, by their language and by recognition that they are people with a very ancient and glorious past.

 

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The Voice of the Marginalized People

Marginalized people of Kibra

Kibra is an area on the outskirt of Nairobi, the capitol city of Kenya. This piece of land, measuring approximately 4100 acres was a reward given to the Nubian soldiers by the then British colonial government. The Nubian soldiers fought alongside the British army from the 19th century up to the two world wars of 1914 and 1945.
Although the politics of this country has changed Kibra to what it is now, the largest slum in Africa. The Nubians who live in Kibra, which is their home, are now a small minority in the ratio of 1 to 12, after their land was invaded by outsiders brought in by selfish politicians.

The Nubians still cherish and have passion for Kibra, even with the faint hope of obtaining the land ownership document from the government. And even as the number of poor and excluded people among the community is increasing rapidly.

Expression of Passion for Kibra
1. We all know that there is a great ‘passion’ among our community for out Kibra. People love the ambiance, the natural setting, the country side, the history, the heritage and much mote. These feelings have unfortunately been largely destroyed by the politics of this country.
2. There is a strong sense of community. We ate proud of ourselves, our community organizations and our neighborhoods.
3. There is a sense of entrenchment. As people say, ‘we all love progress, it is the change we hate’.
4. Nonetheless, we recognize the opportunity in pursuing fresh ideas/ attitudes. There is a desire to create a new vision, plan for the future and coordinate efforts across the community.
5. Too much focus on issues and weaknesses. We need to promote our strengths among ourselves. Then we will be better able to present our strengths to visitors and others outside our community.
6. There are specific issues that are foremost in our minds:
a. To unite our people so that we speak from same voice.
b. To get the ownership documents for the Kibra land.
c. To protect our quality of life and address the well being of our people.
7. There are strengths to build upon in the community and opportunities to pursue:
a. Coordinating the talents and energies of our people to achieve a common vision.
b. To promote our arts, culture, recreation and leisure
c. Heritage.
d. Under utilized resources
e. Honesty.
8. Our people are knowledgeable, experienced and brimming with interesting and innovative ideas. The challenge is to make good use of these valuable resources.

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