Chausika, the daughter of Kitunda, Bibi Kitunda, her mother and wife to Kitunda and Bibi Kinjeketile, who happens to be the wife of Kinjeketile are seen walking a path leading to a river. On their way, they hold several discussions, one of which is the plantation owned by Bwana Kainoo. Many of the Tanganyikan burghers have taken to this plantation, in order to earn a living. However, there appears to be a famine all over the land; a kind of pestilence that has affected all the populace. Non-the-less, the only option left for these people is to rely- symbiotically- on the plantation, owned by Bwana Kainoo.
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They also rebelled when the Arabs and native Africans chosen as administrators subjected them to slavery as well as fraud and extortion. It was at this time — around and — that the prophet, Kinjekitile Ngwale emerged.
According to legend, he was possessed by a spirit known as Hongo, which appears in the form of a snake. Hongo, in its snake form, dragged Kinjeketile into the water for 24 hours. When he emerged, he was not wet. It was from there that he started prophesying. Kinjeketile claimed to have spoken to the Bokera, a deity and the ancestors who commanded him to lead the rebellion against the Germans.
He also encouraged the communities in the region and beyond to come together and fight against the common enemy: German colonial administration. The water was believed to make people invulnerable.
Once applied to the body, the bullets from the enemy would drop off without harming them. Among his instructions to the people was for them to wait for his signal for the uprising to start. However, they became too impatient and decided to revolt in their own way: uprooting cotton.
The rebellion peaked in August when they tried but failed to overrun a German stronghold in Mahenge. The Germans retaliated in October , with an attack on a camp of one of the tribes, the Ngoni, marking the start of a counterattack against the rebellion.
However, many believe that as many as , tribespeoples were killed, thus reducing the population of the region by three quarters. It also led to economic strive, broke the unity of the people and caused the natives to lose trust and confidence in the medicine men because of Kinjeketile.
Kinjeketile was not alive when the Germans and Tanganyika people fought. He died shortly after the uprising, when he was hanged on August 4, , for treason by the German colonial government. Enter email address to receive updates from Face2face Africa Subscribe.
Kinjeketile and the Maji Maji rebellion
Although there is uncertainty about his year of birth, we know that he was born in Ngarambe, Matumbi in Tanganyika, now part of Tanzania. He was hanged for treason in August by German colonial officials. What is Kinjeketile famous for? He is said to have been possessed by a spirit known as Hongo. According to the legend, Hongo appeared in the form of a snake which dragged Kinjeketile under water.