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  EnsiNews Children from five primaryschools: Aliso, GerhardHauptmann, Kettler, Over- berger and Pestalozzi fromBergkamen, located in thenorth west of Germany,donated funds to help alucky girl stay in education.This means that from Janu-ary 2013, another deservingchild will be assured of aneducation. This will bringto 50, the number of chil-dren and youth supported by kind benefactors throughEnsi. Ensi sent a messageof appreciation for the chil-dren’s kindness through Ms.Hannelore Nierhoff of thecultural affairs departmentof Bergkamen. The funds Five schools in Bergkamen, Germany support Ensi child were channeled throughAdyeri who runs ASK, anAfrican art and craft shopin nearby Dortmund. He isoften called upon to talk about African culture inlocal schools.Most of the sup- port for Ensi comes fromwell - wishers in Germanyand The Netherlands. Our organization also gets dona-tions from Canada, Kenya,Switzerland, Uganda andthe United States of Ameri-ca. We are most grateful for this kind support.   Zebras, monkeys and women: What's in a name? by Wandia Kagondu Seaforth   www.ensiwomen.orginfo@ensiwomen.org Contents2 —What’s in a name? 3 — Performance: primary4 — Performance: secondary ―How come there are somany Wandias? The ques-tion came from a seven year old during a meeting of myextended family. The littlegirl had heard the name re- peated no less than six timeswith six different people. Ather age, she would have been unlikely to notice allthe duplicated names, but probably noticed the Wan-dia because she sat next toone. The answer to thequestion is a bit complicat-ed for a seven year old.   In a Kikuyu family,there is a very definite nam-ing structure. Thus your name is pre - determined before you exit the comfortof your mother’s womb.Children are named alter-nately after members of thefather's and mother's familystarting with the two sets of grandparents. Once thegrandparents have been born which is how theKikuyu term the re - incarnations of names, sib-lings from both sides arenamed, following their or-der of birth. Naturally, whogets to be born dependson how many children acouple has and the distribu-tion of boys and girls. Theformula can get complicat-ed - for example, my moth-er, who had only two sib-lings, both male. When shewent on to produce eightoffspring, six of them girls,she ran out of female namesfrom her side of the family.The solution was to find outwhat would have been thenames of her sisters had shehad any. From my father side, there was no shortageof names because he hadmany brothers and sisters.I was named after my fa-ther’s eldest sister, who wasnamed after their grand- To support Ensi or sponsora child, contact us at info@ensiwomen.org Images in this issue of Ensi Newsfeature art from ASK   came back. A girl in similar circumstances could be called Gachoki or Njoki which female versions of Muchoki. Not everybody follows this pattern, some parents decidingto just name whoever would have been in line if there hadnot been the intervening death.   Some names are related to trades and daily activi-ties. This is in common with many other cultures world-wide, and often reflects the traditional gender division of labour. For example, the following are names given tomen. Murimi—tiller of land, Murithi—keeper of livestock,Muturi—metal smith, Muguimi—hunter, Muthui—honeygatherer.   Similar names for women are not very many - twocome to mind; Murugi—guess what, it means the cook,and Mukami—the one who milks the cows.   The Kikuyu names that really intrigue me are thosethat correspond to the names of animals. With veryfew exceptions, these are names given to men. Ndegwa—Bull   Mbogo—Buffalo    Ngari—Leopard    Nduiga—Giraffe    Njogu—Elephant Ngatia—Lion   Muruthi—another name for lion    Njoka—Snake (generic name for snake)    Njiru—Colobus monkey    Njau—Calf    Kagondu—Lamb    Nderi—Eagle   Munyi—Rhino    Nganga—Guinea fowl   Women’s names, I can think of only three:Wambui—Zebra Ngima—a species of monkey   Theru—a species of monkey   I have turned over in my head many possible expla-nations for this distribution of names but no con-vincing explanation emerges. One plausible explanation isas follows: most of the animals represented in men’snames denote strength and force - based on physical sizeor other attributes. For the women's names, Ngima andTheru are two species of rather noisy monkey with highlydeveloped social organization. I am very sure that thishighly developed social organization is attributed to wom-en. As for Wambui, such a beautiful animal as a zebra canonly give its name to women... but then giraffes, guineafowls and colobus monkeys are also quite colorful, so whyis only the zebra’s beauty compared to women’s? One of my friends who comes from a culture that counts a large behind as one of the attributes of a beautiful woman reck-ons that this is why Wambui is a woman's name! Well,you can come up with your own explanation.   … Zebras, monkeys and women: What's in a name? by Wandia Kagondu Seaforth   mother. You can imagine that in an extended family meet-ing, there would be many generations of Wandias, thanks tothis name - giving formula.   How my great grandmother came by the nameWandia is an interesting story. It was not her grandmother’sname as you would expect. The story is that she was takenfrom a place called Ndia during one of the numerous inter  - ethnic wars that were common about 200 years ago. Duringthese wars, the winner always took women and cattle as partof the spoils of war. When my great grandmother was brought to our place, they named her Wandia. The Wa denotes of so the name means ―the woman from Ndia.‖ Itis said she was quite happy with my great grandfather. To-gether they had several children, and thus the name Wandiawas reproduced in our family.   As you can see, Kikuyu names are generally notassigned for their meaning. However, this is not to say thatthey do not have meanings.The name Mumbi is a woman’sname, and very special. In Kikuyu mythology and spirituali-ty, Mumbi was the first woman and wife to Gikuyu. In ef-fect, she is the mother of all Kikuyus. The name comes fromthe verb ―kumba‖ which means to create. Thus it is one of the attributes of God –     Ngai Mumbi   means God the creator.It is also the name for a maker of pottery, and interestinglyenough, the name for a uterus is nyungu , which is the samename for a clay pot. Cases where a name may be given for the meaninginclude a child born immediately after one that died. If a boy child dies and the first child born afterwards is a boy, hecould be named Kariuki or Muriuki - literally means theone that resurrected, or Muchoki –meaning the one that 2 | Ensi News www.ensiwomen.orginfo@ensiwomen.org  3 | Ensi NewsHow did Ensi children perform last term?  Results for Primary 1 - 3 in order of performance within each grade.   Results for Primary 4 - 7 in order of performance within each grade.   Last NameClassEnglishMathScienceSocialStudiesAveragemarkPositionin classChildrenin class Mugume Mike Primary 4 70 88 72 83 78  1 113Katusabe Beatice Primary 4 71 78 78 82 77  5 81Namara Joan Primary 4 58 67 71 69 66  8 69Linda Julian Primary 4 74 75 68 45 66  20 84Tusiime Elizabeth Primary 4 56 54 64 53 57  11 159Mutegeki Brian Primary 4 52 55 57 49 53  Katusiime Sarah Primary 4 30 60 24 33 37  120Kobusinge Joan Primary 4 29 37 35 20 30  72 82Nyaika Elly Primary 5 85 86 85 85 85  1 105Kembabazi Bridget Primary 5 82 87 79 92 85  2Kamukama Amuza Primary 5 73 78 67 81 75  2 105Ndikuwa Brenda Primary 5 75 77 70 73 74  4 105 Atukunda Derrick Primary 5 76 67 86 63 73  6 39Komuntale Christine Primary 5 74 66 64 86 73  3 126Kisembo Stephen Primary 5 65 82 65 68 70  2 54Katinisa Kate Primary 5 58 54 70 63 61  10 69Omach Emmanuel Primary 5 56 65 50 70 60  7 123Karungi Tracy Primary 5 79 44 40 60 56  14 126Kemigisa Joy Primary 5 63 57 53 43  9 123Kahunde Gloria Primary 5 31 23 18 35 27  72 112Kamayenje Marvin Primary 6 74 70 81 80 76  3 94Katwesiime Rose Primary 6 64 78 93 70 76  3 44Mwijukya Patrick Primary 6 58 59 67 60 61  5 55Tugumye Grace Primary 7 85 78 88 84 84  1 77 Agondeze Ronald Primary 7 82 80 79 93 84  1 46Murungi Ismail Primary 7 65 74 69 66 69  Kawino Rashida Primary 7 67 68 62 65 66  Last NameClassCompositionCraftsEnglishMathPhyicalEducationReadingReligiousEducationScienceWritingAveragemarkPositionin classChildrenin class Kasemiire Irene P 2 85 90 86 100 90  2 83Kansiime Racheal P 2 86 76 70 75 68 90 78  10 45Kamukugize Maureen P 3 70 90 88 80 86 96 85  4 92Kobusinge Monica P 3 60 66 70 80 76 82 72  Kayesu Scovia P 3 82 78 85 50 75 70 62 72  Kemigisa Nahiya P 3 65 18 42 70 25 48 30 43   4 | Ensi NewsHow did Ensi children perform last term?  Senior Secondary 1 - 4 by performance within each grade; list shown as two tables due to large number of subjects.One student, Kugonza Edith, did not attend school during the second term due to an eye illness   Senior Secondary 5 - 6 by performance. Students who pass Senior 6 examinations are eligible to go to university. Last NameClassHistoryHomeEconomicsLiteratureMathPhysicsReligiousEducationSwahiliTechnicalDrawingAverageMarkPositionin classChildrenin class Wamara Deborah Senior1 81 87 81 82 80   Atugonza Evelyne Senior1 79 82 79 91 78  2 84Murungi Anthony Senior1 76 79 93 59 86 73 76  Kyahura Micheal Senior1 67 62 67 85 66  7 84Night Grace Senior1 75 60 68 57 52 65  Nkwanzi Proscovia Senior1 53 46 70 60 63 69 66 63  18 76Twesige Robert Senior1 43 55 59 86 62  8 402Nabwire Yvonne Senior1 63 50 40 43 71 45  103 310Kirungi Fred Senior2 81 45 81 66 83 81 66  7 290Ssejengo James Senior3 44 51 43 81 56  Nyakahuma Fred Senior4 91 23 70 54  Last NameClassArtEconomicsEntrepreneurshipGeneralPaper GeographyHistoryReligiousEducationAveragemark  Asaba Robert Senior 6 41 57 66 50 60 55  Nyamugwa Bernard Senior 6 59 41 48 47 50 49  Secondary School results  —  term 2 of 2012 Last NameClassAccountsAgricultureArtBiologyChemistryComputer StudiesCommerceEnglishEntrepreneurshipFrenchGeography Wamara Deborah Senior1 92 97 81 71 50 81 Atugonza Evelyne Senior1 77 94 74 69 56 78Murungi Anthony Senior1 74 62 72 85 65 51 97 87Kyahura Micheal Senior1 60 80 56 63 63 61Night Grace Senior1 75 48 49 54 80 83 76 73 60 65Nkwanzi Proscovia Senior1 59 71 68 58 68 62 64Twesige Robert Senior1 58 59 64 74 59Nabwire Yvonne Senior1 25 44 30 36 60 24 78 14 50Kirungi Fred Senior2 73 66 44 63 67 41 63 43 86Ssejengo James Senior3 56 65 54 54Nyakahuma Fred Senior4 78 68 34 52 27 43
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