Joseph Munyao popularly known as Mkenya Mchizi on the interwebs last Weekend launched the first of its Kind Cultural centre in Ukambani. Kwa Nthungu Cultural centre is located in Machakos County, Mumbuni North Ward, 3km from Machakos town off Kangundo road just before Tumba market at Kisooni village- Mung’ala sub-location.
On what inspired him to start the cultural centre, Joseph had this to say. “As a filmmaker, I really wanted to do a film that reflects our Culture but the since modernity has covered our today’s society, I couldn’t get an appropriate place to do the Film.”
It is that gap that led him to establish the Cultural centre that he intends to fully equip.
“After doing the movie dubbed Kyamwilu which is set to be premiered mid-November on my YouTube channel (Mkenya Mchizi), I decided to find a way to make the place busy. That’s when I embarked on collecting Kamba artefacts and histories to teach others who might not have the privilege of getting to know about it.” Mkenya Mchizi adds.
The cultural centre has three huts, the main hut located at the centre belongs to the man and has three stones fireplace and a partition of sticks separating the ‘bedroom’ from the fireplace. Two more huts belong to the wife and children.
On sustainability, Mkenya Mchizi looks at hiring the place for photo and video shoots. Apart from artefacts such as bows, arrows, traditional stools etc, one can sample traditional Kamba delicacies such as Ngima ya Manga – Ugali from Cassava, fermented milk, fat from cows milk, Usuu wa ikii among other foods.
Mkenya Mchizi has been trained in matters of Culture preservation and marketing by the University of the West Scotland and Mount Kenya University.
“I am requesting the Kamba community, those who have traditional artefacts in their homes and they don’t use them to donate them to me for preservation. They can reach me on 0727 956971.” He added.