Pokomo people
Pokomo are an ethnic group of Kenya, from the Bantu language group and one of the groups that make up the Mijikenda. They are predominantly agriculturalists and fresh water fishermen living along the Tana River in the Tana River County. They speak the Pokomo language.
The Pokomo mostly live along the River Tana where they grow their crops,which used to be mainly rice. The Tana River also supplies the Pokomo with Catfish (" Mtonzi or if its the largest, its called Mpumi"),Tilapia ("Ntuku"),Trout ("Ningu") Eel ("Mamba") and Crocodile ("Ngwena"). Catfish is mainly boiled or sun dried/smoked prior to eating. Other food sources include: plantains, palm tree seeds, bananas, peas, pumpkins etc.
The Pokomo council of elders are known as Gasa. They deal with solving disputes like marriage disputes, land disputes, family conflicts and others.
The Pokomo dances include Kitoko, Mwaribe, Miri among others and these are usually played at various ceremonies. The passage to adulthood for men is by initiation which involves circumcision-''"Kuhinywa"''.
The population in Kenya is 99,000.
Pokomo population is split into two groups; the Upper Pokomo, who make up 75% of the population, and the Lower Pokomo. The Upper Pokomo people are mainly Muslim, and have been so since the first half of the 20th century. The Lower Pokomos, who live along the lower part of the Tana, were receptive to the teachings of the Christian missionaries who arrived in the area in the late 1870s, and, by 1914, were almost exclusively Christian. Joshua project site that their primary religion is Christianity with 90.00%, (Evangelical: 44.00%), but they must have taken into account only lower Pokomo. Ethnologue also indicates that the group is mainly Muslim.
Did you know that the tune of the Kenya National Anthem is an African Song whose tune was borrowed from the the Pokomo community lullaby? This traditional lullaby tune is sang upto date by mothers to their babies to make them sleep; the song goes as :"Bee mdondo bee, mwana kalilani njoo mudye mwana ywehu alache kuliloo"... roughly translated it means ..." you animal, you animal, our child is crying, please come and eat it so that it can stop crying"....; the song was composed by Mzee Meza Morowa Galana of Wenje village. Pokomo people are musical and they used music to blend their culture in celebrating achievements; harvest, fishing, hunting, wedding, circumcision and also when new babies were born, this was done in the form of songs and dances.
Pokomos are found along the Tana River riverine and the flood plains. "Tana" comes from the word "Chana", which means river. The Pokomo have always referred to River Tana as "Chana Maro", that is River Maro. Probably the word "Chana" is coined from either side with the Kikuyu word "Chania", which is the same word that Kikuyu use to refer to one of the tributary of Tana: River Chania . Pokomos are mainly farmers and have all along depended on the flooding regime of River Tana to grow rice, bananas, green grams, beans and maize. The staple food of the Pokomo is rice and fish. Other famous food staff include "Matoli"-cooked banana chips mixed with fish, " Marika"- cooked banana mixed with fish and smashed together,"Konole"-cooked mixture of sifted maize and green gram/beans,"Nkumbu"-ash baked or boiled banana. Currently, "sima" or "ugali" in Kiswahili or stiff cornmeal porridge in English has become the main Pokomo dish due to changing or non existence of river flooding regimes and weather that is not able to support the cultivation of rice.

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