Vitimbi as a Commentary of Kenya’s Socio-Political Experiences


  • Violet Nasambu Barasa Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Miriam Musonye Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Jeniffer Muchiri Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya


The essay analyses Vitimbi (1975-2014), a theatre text aired on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Using the family as its setting, the text wittingly accounts for the socio-political realities of everyday life in post-colonial Kenya. In the main, the essay interrogates how the producer of Vitimbi uses the family to image socio-political issues in post-independence Kenya. The focus is on how the producer uses the family conflicts and interactions as an allegory of the post-colonial nation-state. The artistic use of the family allows me to examine Mzee Ojwang’s family as a microcosm of the large society. The producer realizes this task by inextricably knitting familial and patriarchal structures on one hand with social, economic and political experiences on the other against a backdrop of Kenya’s history. The essay, therefore, problematizes characterisation within the domestic setting to establish how characters are used to address political nuances.


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How to Cite

Barasa, V. N., Musonye, M., & Muchiri, J. (2018). Vitimbi as a Commentary of Kenya’s Socio-Political Experiences. Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(3).