Mwongozo wa Utengano: A Guide to the Kiswahili Novel by Said A. Mohamed
Mwongozo wa Utengano is a study guide for the Kiswahili novel Utengano, which was written by Said A. Mohamed and published in 1980. The novel tells the story of a family that is torn apart by political and social changes in post-colonial Kenya. The novel explores themes such as identity, culture, religion, gender, education, and corruption.
The study guide was written by Hamisi Babusa and Hassan mwana wa Ali, who are both Kiswahili scholars and teachers. The guide covers the main aspects of the novel, such as the title, the summary of chapters, the themes, the characters, the stylistics, and the study questions. The guide also provides some background information on the author and the historical context of the novel.
The study guide is intended to help students and teachers of Kiswahili literature to understand and appreciate the novel better. It can also be useful for anyone who is interested in learning more about Kiswahili culture and literature.
The study guide is available in PDF format and can be downloaded from this link.[^2^]Utengano is considered to be one of the most important and influential novels in Kiswahili literature. It has been praised for its realistic and vivid portrayal of the social and political challenges that faced Kenya after independence. The novel also showcases the rich and diverse culture of Kiswahili, using various dialects, proverbs, idioms, and metaphors.
The novel has been analyzed by many scholars and critics, who have explored its various aspects and dimensions. Some of the topics that have been discussed include the role of women in the society, the effects of colonialism and neocolonialism, the conflict between tradition and modernity, the moral decay and corruption in the society, the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, and the role of literature in social change.
The novel has also been used as a teaching material in many schools and colleges, both in Kenya and abroad. It has been translated into several languages, such as English, French, German, and Arabic. It has also inspired other writers to produce more works of Kiswahili literature.Said A. Mohamed is a renowned Kiswahili writer, poet, and teacher. He was born in 1947 in Lamu, Kenya. He studied at the University of Nairobi, where he obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in 1975. He later pursued a Master of Arts degree in Kiswahili literature at the same university.
Said A. Mohamed has written several novels, short stories, poems, and essays in Kiswahili. Some of his works include Damu Nyeusi na Hadithi Nyingine (1974), Utengano (1980), Nilipoanza Kusema na Mashairi Mengine (1983), Mfalme Juha na Hadithi Nyingine (1987), and Kilio cha Haki (2008). He has also edited and translated some works of other writers, such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Chinua Achebe.
Said A. Mohamed has received many awards and honors for his contribution to Kiswahili literature and culture. He has been a member of several literary and cultural organizations, such as the Chama cha Kiswahili cha Taifa (CHAKITA), the Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA), and the International PEN Club. He has also participated in many literary festivals and conferences, both locally and internationally. 061ffe29dd