Rugano rwa Grace Nyambura Nyuthe
Grace Nyambura Nyuthe aciarirwo mwaka ini wa 1918 ni aciari ake atigairi Wahito Wagana na Wagana Mukuha, itura ini ria Ndikwe Gathanji, Othaya Nyeri. Aciariirwo family-ini nene, na magiciaranirwo na atiagiri Wambui Wanguo, Wangui Maingi, Kiige Wagana, Emily Njoki na Marikio Wagana
Grace ahikirio ni mutigairi Jairo Nyuthe Wangai kuri mwaka ini wa 1943, na makirathimwo na ciana ithathatu, iria ni Lois Gathoni, Hellen Wahito, mutigairi Anne Waithera, Elizabeth Wambui, Wangai Nyuthe, na mutigairi Jackson Wagana.
Arari nyaciarawe wa mutigairi Peter Muchiri Karicho, mutigairi John Kiberi, Phares Karogo, mutigairi John Maina, Beatrice Wangai, na Juliet Wagana.
Grace Nyambura ahonokire kuri tariki 30 wa inana mwaka ini wa 1964. Abatithiirio kanitha ini wa Africa Independent Church miaka ini ya mirongo 50.
Niacokire akiingira kanitha ini wa Kiaguthu PCEA, na akibatithio kuri mwaka ini wa 1972, na akiamurwo gutuika wa Guild.
Niaingirire kanitha ini wa Anglican na akiamukirwo kuri tariki 10 wa ikumi mwaka ini wa 1993, ni Mutungatiri Rt. Rev. Alfred Charles Chipman. O mwaka ini ucio, niaingiririre Mothers’ Union.
Kuuma hindi iyo, araaturite ari murumiriri woma wa kanitha wa Anglican na kiungano kia Mother’s Union.
Grace akuriire itura ini ria Ndikwe Gathanji Othaya Nyeri, kuria aikaraga muturire ta airitu aria angi. Hindi iyo airitu matiatwaragwo
thukuru, wira wao munene, ari guteithiriria mawira ma mucii, na ureri wa ciana, metereire kugimara mahike.
Ari miaka ini ya withi, thirikari ya mukoroni, niyambiriria kugiragiriria andu matura ini na makahingirwo, kuria marutithagio wira muritu mari ngombo, na uria woneka ahwererekeire, agakuo akoragwo kana agateyo mutitu.
Muthenya umwe Grace niaringikire, no kwa munyaka, akihonokio ni muthungu, wananagio ‘Nyakoru’ ni andu a itura, uria wamutwarire thibitari ini ya Nyeri, kuria andu airu mathondekagirwo.
Thutha wa kuhona, Grace aikarire kuu thibitari miaka 2, niamu gutiri mundu woi kwao, na onaake ndamenyaga kuria aari, tondu atwaritwo thibitari atekwiiguaMuthenya umwe, ‘Nyakoru’ akihura miriungo thibitari ini niamuonire, na akiambiriia kumuururia matura ini ngurani gwetha andu ao. Kwa munyaka muiritu wake Gathoni mari na mundu wa itura nimamutamburire, ona gutuika niahuurikite muno, makimucokia mucii na makimurora nginya agicokereria.
Thutha ucio riria mawatho ma curfew maregaregeririo, niacereire aihwa ake eeri aria maari akristiano,na agikenio ni witikio wao Nimamuteithiririe guthoma kirira kia ukristiano, na kuri mwaka ini wa 1964, agituika mukristiano.
Muthuriwe Nyuthe Wangai (na uria wacokire gwitwo Jairo thutha wa gutuika mukristiano) niarumiriire nginyo cia mutumia waake na onake akiyiukia ukristiano.
Niathomithirie ciana ciake ukristiano na makiria wa kanitha cia mutaratara, ona gutuika nimacokire kuingira ndini ini itiganite. Niatemire itemi inene hari kuguciriria andu witikio ini wa ukristiano, wa mutaratara ona nginyagia wa Gatholeki. Nianyitire itemi inene hari waaki wa makanitha ma Kiaguthu PCEA, Gathanji PCEA, na Thunguri ACK gatagati ka mangi.
Grace niagereire maundu maingi muturire ini waake. Kwa muhiano niundu wa gukuruhana na muthungu riria erutaga kirira kia ukristiano, muthenya umwe niahobaniirio ni andu a itura, makimukuruhania na mahitia ma kumathigana kuri muthungu, na makienda oragwo.
Indi niaheirwo kamweke ga gwitetera, na riria ekaga guo, gukiiguika miriro ya micinga murimo ucio ungi, kuria andu a Mau Mau aria mamucirithagia methariire mutitu na kumutiga eika.
Grace niekinyiire muno maundu ini mothe, nginyagia gwakinya ni gwetha muthuri. Nioire ihinda mbere ya gwitikira kuhika. Kuri mwaka ini wa 1943, niahikiire muthuri endete Wangai Nyuthe, na njira ya unduire.
Thutha ucio muthuriwe niatwarirwo nditiini(detainee)na agicoka akiandikwo ni akorooni ta chifu, family yaake itekumenya. Riria muthuriwe ari riuriro, niamenyereire family yake na ciana ihinda ini ria miaka 4, iria matigithukanitio, na agitigira oothe nimathoma. Thutha ucio niakunyiirwo kuria muthuriwe ari, na akiumagara na akimukora handu hetagwo Kihome.
Egutuura aririkanagwo ni kunyitirira muthuriwe na andu angi hari tabarira cia muingi, hamwe nacio ari makanitha, Munanda wa Mairoini uria waari wa mbere mwena ucio, matuka ma Gathanji , Munanda wa Gathanji na thukuru wa muthingi wa Gathanji.
Family yaake niyekiriire muno kunyita mbaru muingi na njira ya kuheana migunda. Githii kia kahua gia Kiaga, nio maheanire. Thutha wa kuona mathina ma arimi a kahua miaka ini ya mirongo 60, kuria matwaraga kahua thabari ndaya mwena wa Gikira, nimateithiririe gwaka githii kia Kiaguthu na thutha ucio gia Kiaga manyitaniire na muthuriwe uria waari murugamiriri wa thothaiti ya Othaya.
Nimegutura maririkanagwo ni kuheana mugunda niguo wakwo ndaraca, iria yanyitithanirie matura ma Mumbu ini na Gathanji. Nimacokiremakiiguithia aria marigainie metikirie barabara ituikanirio mugunda ini wao, niguo muingi ukahota gukirania matura mau meeri. Family ndingiriganirwo ni aria macangiire undu undu ta family cia Kamuchiu, Kibeni na Karuru.
Niambiririe urimi wa kiriu, wa ngombe miaka ini ya mirongo itandatu. Riria thothaiti ya iriya ya Othaya yetagwo “Mathingira, Chinga na Othaya, mari na muthuriwe, mari gatagati ka andu a mbere gutwara iriya kuo. Grace ari kiyo kuona athiaga uraihu wa kilomita 5 na gutwara iria thaa kenda cia utuku Mairo ini.Ni wira arutaga na wirutiri munene kuona akamaga na gutwara iriya riri ari woika.
Ni wira arutire nginyagia miaka ini ya mirongo inana, riria thothaiti ino yaguire. Ari gitugi gia itura, kuria arerire ciana nyingi ma nginyagia iria itari ciake. Ona mbere ya micii ya kuramata ciana itambiriro, Grace niatungatire ciana nyingi na kumahe wuikaro nginya magithoma. Niarugamire na muthuriwe nginyaia gikuo giake tariki 31 wa mungwanja mwaka ini wa 2015, na kuuma hindi iyo atuurite atungatite family yaake nginyagia ari muruaru.
Tugutuura turirikanite makanitha makiria ACK Thunguri Church, ni utungata uria mamutungatire nginyagia gikuo giake. Aratuurite amukirite giathi, na family yaake niiturite itugitirio ni itemi riao hari gwaka kanitha ucio. Araturite endete kwaga gutugiirio , indi onekage ari muruti wira mugunda ini wa Awa, wira waake ari gukinyaniria wendi wa Ngai muturire ini na witikio ini waake.
Arari kionereria kia uhoti wa mundu wothe kurehe ugaruruku thi ini wa thi, na njira ya muturire wa winyihia
Aratuurite muturire wa gikeno na ugima mwega wa mwiri, nginyagia miaka ini ya mirongo kenda gitagati ini, riria anyitikanire na murimu wa guteng’era thakame. Araturite anyuite dawa kuuma hindi iyo, nginyagia mwaka ini wa 2007, riria ahinyiririkire. Nirio ciana ciake ciaiguaniire kumuthamia mucii, na makiambia guikaraga naake mahinda kwa mahinda.
Miaka ina mithiru, nimaiguaniire aikare na mwari Wambui Nyeri Town, kuria ahotaga guikara na gucera mugunda ini waake kuona ti kuraihu. Kuri mwaka ini wa 2020, niathamiirio mucii kwa mwari Wahito Nairobi. Kuri kiumia tariki 27 wa kenda mwaka wa 2020, niaiguire uuru mwiri, na akihanyukio thibitari ini ya Jamaa, kuria akomire. Kuri tariki 5 wa ikumi mwaka wa 2020, Mwathani akimwita akahuruke.
“Gikuo ti gukunika gikunikaga tawa, indi ni kuuhoria, niamu ni nikurikitie gukia”
Eulogy of Grace Nyambura Nyuthe
Grace Nyambura Nyuthe was born in the year 1918 to the late Wahito Wagana and the late Wagana Mukuha in Ndikwe village, Gathanji, Othaya Division.
She came from a big family and her siblings were Wambui Wanguo, Wangui Maingi, Kiige Wagana, Emily Njoki and Marikio Wagana who are all deceased.
Grace was married to the late Jairo Nyuthe Wangai in 1943 and were blessed with six children, namely Lois Gathoni, Hellen Wahito, the late Anne Waithera, Elizabeth Wambui, Wangai Nyuthe, and the late Jackson Wagana. She was mother in law to the late Peter Muchiri Karicho, the late John Kiberi, Phares Karogo, the late John Maina, Beatrice Wangai, and Juliet Wagana.
Grace Nyambura received Jesus Christ as her personal saviour on 30th August 1964. She was baptised in Africa Independent Church in the 1950’s. She joined Kiaguthu PCEA church and was baptised in 1972 and became a member of the Women’s Guild. She was admitted to the Anglican Church of Kenya and confirmed on 10th October 1993 by Rt. Rev. Alfred Charles Chipman. In the same year, she was enrolled in the Mothers’ Union. Since then she has been a devoted member of the Church and the Mother’s Union.
She grew up in Ndikwe village in Gathanji where she was a simple village girl. At the time, there was no education for girls, a girl would basically just do chores at home, help raise other children as she waited for her time to be married off.
During her youth, the colonial government came up with the policy of villagization and slave labor where they burnt down the native’s houses, dug trenches around the villages and enforced hard labour. During those days, when one was deemed to be unfit, the mzungu would capture them and throw them into the forest or bury them alive. One day Grace fainted and the worst was to happen to her but luckily, she was rescued by the mzungu in charge who the locals referred to as “Nyakoru” (meaning a bad person) who took her to the now Nyeri District Hospital which was then the local native hospital.
At the hospital, Grace was admitted and treated but no one at home knew her location for a period of about 2 years. One day while Nyakoru was patrolling the hospital, he found a woman who had been cured but no one knew her village or her origin and neither did she know where she was or her way back home as she was taken there while unconscious. Nyakoru took her and visited several colonial villages looking for her family. One day while being paraded, her daughter Gathoni with the assistance of a neighbour recognized her though she was looking unkempt and took her home where she was taken good care of by her family.
Later as curfew rules began getting more and more relaxed, she approached her cousins who were Christians and she really admired their way of living. They introduced her to a catechist and thereafter she would travel to Kagicha for catechism classes. She converted into Christianity in 1964. Her husband, Nyuthe Wangai (and later Jairo, after converting to Christianity) following in the footsteps of his wife who had converted earlier, gave her a free hand in all the family matters as he was then a public servant and it was not until 1967 that he started working in Kiaguthu Sub-location.
All her children without exception got into the Christian religion and more particularly the protestant church in their early years though later some went different ways. Indeed, she made other people convert into Christianity whether Catholic or Protestant. She was instrumental in the building of Kiaguthu PCEA Church, Gathanji PCEA Church and Thunguri ACK Church, among others.
One day, due to her interactions with the white man during her catechism classes, Grace was accosted by fellow villagers who claimed she had sold them out to the colonialists and therefore she was supposed to be killed. The mau-mau gave her a chance to defend herself and while she was doing so, some gunshots were heard from across the ridge and the mau-mau took cover and disappeared into the forest and left her alone.
Grace was very particular in whatever she did including when it came to searching for a suitor. She took her time before she agreed to get married. She was finally married to her loving husband Wangai Nyuthe traditionally in 1943.
Later in the years, her husband was taken into detention and later employed by the colonialists as a head-man (chief) without the knowledge of his family. While the husband was away, she took good care of her children for the 4 years they were separated, by fending for them and taking them to school. One day while doing her chores, a neighbour approached her and told her the whereabouts of her husband. She then travelled and found her husband at a place called Kihome.
She will be remembered for supporting her husband among others in undertaking local community projects that now spread apart from Churches, these include Mairoini Cattle Dip which was among the first in the region, Gathanji Shopping Centre, Gathanji Cattle Dip, and Gathanji Primary School.
Of particular importance to the family is that they always gave out their property and land to help the community. Remarkably, they gave out their land to build Kiaga Coffee Factory. Indeed, as one of the original coffee farmers in the area, the struggle for a Coffee Factory had started earlier in the 1960’s. By then Coffee was carried to Gikira Factory by all family members where they would spend days on end before it was weighed. This difficult situation was saved by Kiaguthu Factory and later Kiaga Coffee Factory through her efforts and those of her husband, who was then an official of Othaya Co-operative Society.
The best and lasting example is their decision to donate land for access to the people of Mumbuini Ridge to access Gathanji Road. They also persuaded the neighbours to allow a road to be built by the community for communication between the regions. The road still exists and will remain the heritage of the people of these areas. The family also recognizes those in the neighbourhood who donated land like Kamuchiu Kibeni and Karuru’s family.
Her role as an early pioneer of modern agricultural methods would be incomplete without mention of her efforts in dairy farming. She was a pioneer keeper of dairy animals, as early as in the 1960’s. When Othaya Dairy Cooperative Movement was started then called “Mathingira, Chinga and Othaya Dairymens Co-operative Society”.
She together with her husband started delivering milk to the Co-operative Society. Notably the milk would be delivered at 3:00 a.m. and the nearest collection centre was at Mairoini, a distance of about five kilometers from her homestead. Unbelievably she single handedly managed the milking and delivery of milk every day without fail for years on end at 3.00am as there was nobody to assist her. The daughters were either in school or when present at home, they were too vulnerable to be tasked to deliver the milk at night with the possible attendant risks. The sons were also too young for that endeavor. She carried on this task until the mid-eighties when the dairy industry collapsed. By this time the collection centre had come closer home and the hours were less oppressive.
She was a societal pillar. She brought up children who were not her own like all true Agikuyu women would do. Those in distress always found solace under her care. Indeed, even before Children’s Home were known she took up poor children under her care and housed them. Indeed, some left her care only after High School.
She stood by her husband until his demise on 31st July, 2015 and since then she has carried all the family burdens even when she was seriously ill.
We shall forever thank the church, particularly ACK Thunguri Church (part of which land was donated for its construction) for the tender care they gave her until she breathed her last. She has always received Holy Communion in a periodic manner and they have never forgotten the couple and their children.
She has always requested not to be seen as the Agent for Change but to allow her God to be the one buttressing her simple life and belief. She was an example that we can all change the World in our simple and humble ways by being Good because it is Good to be Good no matter one’s situation in life.
She lived a happy and healthy life until around the mid 90’s when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and later diabetes. She has been on medication since then until 2007 when wellbeing deteriorated. It was then that her children decided to take her away from her home and started living with her over different period of times. About 4 years ago, her children opted to let her live with her daughter Wambui who resides in Nyeri Town. It was deemed fit for her since she could go to the shamba and get accustomed to her earlier life.
In September 2020, her daughter Wahito visited Nyeri and decided to bring her to Nairobi for a change in scenery. On Sunday 27th of September, 2020 she fell ill and was rushed to Jamaa Hospital where she was admitted. On the 5th of October, 2020 the almighty Lord called her to rest.
“A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come”