They Call Me Wanjikũ by Mũmbi Kaigwa


This play is the third in my trilogy of plays about identity. The two previous plays are “The Voice of a Dream” and “KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams.”

“They Call Me Wanjikũ” came to life after I tried to include my children in my Kenyan passport, and was informed I needed written permission from my husband.

My husband was a not a Kenya citizen. But that was okay; he is a man, and that fact apparently rushes him to the front of the queue regarding citizen’s rights and legal authority.

In case you’re wondering what they do when there’s no husband, fathers, or brothers (younger and older) are listed first in this permission-giving policy.

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s totally feudal.

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