Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 2021-04-21T09:36:20+00:00 Managing Editor Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences</strong> is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal that publishes empirical and theoretical research papers in the fields of humanities and social sciences such as anthropology, business studies, communication studies, cultural studies, development studies, economics, education, film studies, geography, history, information science, linguistics, literature, library studies, media studies, philosophy, psychology, sociology, performing arts (music, theatre &amp; dance), religious studies, visual arts, and women studies among others.&nbsp;</p> Ideologising revolutionary egalitarianism in Jared Angira’s and John Clare’s poetry 2021-02-02T13:42:11+00:00 Joyce Wanjiku Wachira Nicholas Kamau Goro Jane Wanjiru Mugo <p>Accruing knowledge, critical to understanding societal systems and structures constitutes a basal philosophical problematic to the human intellect. Notably, as disciplines that revolve around aspects of human society and culture, imaginative writing and literary studies rank among the major branches of inquiry invoked to generate ideas, solutions and initiatives for the betterment of human life. Comparatively scrutinising the ideological kinship between the poetry of Jared Angira and John Clare, the objective of this paper is to demonstrate that these poems constitute latent grounds for reflection on and critical engagement with the nature of existence and articulation of social thought and ideologies. Thus, this paper is a nominal effort in appreciating their commonality as an ideological catalytic agency of changing and transforming the social and cultural fabric of life in their societies. Drawing from the critical insights of New Historicism theory, the paper employs textual analysis and historical context study towards illuminating how both poets prescribe a common ideological guiding pattern that it designates Revolutionary Egalitarianism.</p> 2021-02-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Joyce Wanjiku Wachira, Prof., Dr. “My-house-without-a-door-an-egg”: Reading an African perspective of the chronotope in selected works of Amos Tutuola, Ben Okri and Alain Mabanckou 2021-03-22T17:25:52+00:00 Ibrahim Wachira Mugo Muhia Kimani Kaigai <p>This paper argues that the fusion of time and space in the African literary world portrayed in Amos Tutuola’s <em>The Palm-Wine Drinkard</em>, Ben Okri’s <em>The Famished Road</em> and Alain Mabanckou’s <em>Broken Glass </em>thickens and becomes visible to the interpretative reader through the riddle and the narrative world(s) that it structures out. Noteworthy, the respected Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin conceptualises the literary chronotope (creative fusion of time and space in the novel) as a trope for investigating the working of time and space in the European novel. However, this theory of time and space has buttressed the critical analysis of the African novel, though mostly without incorporating the African perspective, especially the important riddle-narrative trope. Nonetheless, the critical reading of the selected African novels of Tutuola, Okri and Mabanckou in this paper indicates that perhaps the riddle is at the heart of the working of time and space in the African literary imagination, particularly in African novels that address themselves to the continuities of European colonialism. The paper employs qualitative textual techniques for selecting sources of data as well as the critical processes of interpretation and analysis. </p> 2021-04-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Ibrahim Wachira, Mugo Muhia, Kimani Kaigai Folklore and identity in Joe Khamisi’s selected autobiographical works 2021-02-24T19:54:28+00:00 June Chebet Chelule <p>Guided by autobiographical and post-colonial theories, this study identified and discussed the use of folklore for sociopolitical identity in Joe Khamisi’s autobiography<em>.</em> The specific objectives were to identify the integration of folklore in the selected work and to interrogate how the author uses folklore to signal sociopolitical identity. The selected autobiography is a good record of Kenya’s immediate history from the colonial period to the present especially from 1943 up to 2007 when the author lost his Bahari constituency seat.</p> 2021-02-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 June Chebet Chelule Music as a conveyor of public health messages on COVID-19 in Kenya 2021-04-21T09:36:20+00:00 Jack Ogembo Cellyne Anudo Benard Kodak <p>The use of music as a method of communicating messages on developing issues and as a source of entertainment accentuates its multifarious role in many societies. Four Kiswahili songs composed by Kenyan musicians and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic issue were downloaded from the YouTube. These were songs by Sawbo feat. Gyg, Indakala The Poet, Danny P. Mboka and Salome Wairimu. The lyrics were then transcribed, translated and critically analyzed to discern the public health messages inherent in them. This study analyzes the use of songs as a public health strategy in the fight against COVID-19 by examining the thematic concerns and conceptual metaphors in the selected songs. The strategy of using music for edutainment allows educational messages to be ingrained in entertainment channels in order to positively change behaviours and attitudes. Music focuses on the socio-cultural values and aids in the executions of day-to-day procedures. Music is used here to convey public health messages that inform the citizens about the existence of the novel corona virus and how to cope with the pandemic while at the same time entertaining the masses. Images of COVID-19 pandemic are presented in conceptual metaphors. The songs also address specific common themes that are caused by the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> 2021-04-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Prof., Dr., Dr. The use of home language: Quality way for students advancement in education 2021-02-25T15:03:11+00:00 Adu David Tuffour <p>This paper examined the advancement of quality education in line with Home Language (HL). The study confirmed that using Home language as a medium of instruction is one of the mechanisms of quality education. The investigation was conducted with five hundred (500) pupils from the basic schools in Atebubu Municipality. A purposive sampling approached was used to elicit significant information for the investigation. The results showed that Home Language bridge the gap between the home culture and the school culture. It therefore, boost the pupil's confidence in participating in the teaching and learning process. The investigation has also drawn attention to how students feel uncomfortable when a foreign language is used in the lesson delivery. One other formidable point the study established was that advanced and developed countries have used only the mother tongue (OMT) medium of instruction in their education. It was realized among other things that any quality education beholds the use of Home Language as a medium of instruction.</p> 2021-04-18T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Adu David Tuffour