- David Kedode
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Maragoli Clans-Know Your Clan
Maragoli history records a migration from northeast Africa. The story of the Maragoli people begins with a man called Mulogoli. He was descended from Kintu, who led the progenitors of the Luhya to their current area from an area they called Misri, now known commonly as Northern Sudan and Egypt. When the Luhya progenitors first arrived in what is now northern Kenya, Southern Ethiopia and Southern Sudan, the ruler of the Luhyas at the time was Kitanga. The Turkana people later came to occupy the area where the Luhya ancestors had settled, and called it Lok-Kitang meaning ‘the place of Kitang.’ (Lokitaung is a modern town in northwestern Kenya).
Mulogoli was born from the union of Andimi and Mwanzu. Andimi had three wives: Mwanzu the mother of Mulogoli; Amugovolie who had no children and Ndiegu the mother of Mwenje or Anyole (these are the Wanyore, who inhabit Vihiga district together with the Maragoli). The Nyores and Maragoli are one; they are from the same stock, the stock of Andimi. Mulogoli had a wife called Khaliyesa. She had four male children, Mmavi, Mkirima, Mkizungu and Msari.. These four make up the four major clans.
The following table summarizes the four sons and the children and how the clans were formed.
|Andimi’s Son||Their Children||Males Under His Clan|
|Kizungu||Liero, Gisemba, Gisunda, Didi and Igina.||Avasuva, Avasagala, Avambulika, Avamulamula, Avakitagwa, Avamavoho, Avakizira, Avakihayu, Avasaniaga, Avigina, Avadirigi, Avamwizande, Avagiseve, Avamukhomba, Avadegu and Avagumira.|
|M’mavi||Rogovo, Nondi, Gondu and M’tembe.||Avamuku, Avamigangu, Avamboga, Avasacha,Avamung’ang’a, Avamukivuta, Avandega, Avamudidi, Avamuguya, Avafunami, Avasalia, Avamasana, Avatongoli, Avayonga, Avamugetsi, Aguya, Avagihayu, Avamalaha, Avudiku, Avamuguva, Avamusanga, Avandege, and Kisui (Kisii)|
|Musaali||Musweta, Magesta, M’mbaya and Vuzuzu.||Vasuva and Vakoyani|
|Mkirima||Gamaguywa, Masingira, Masero and Musaaki||Geyio, Avamukuli, Ludanya, Lwangala, Ngomba, Anyama, Kuvela,Lungusia, Gamuguywa, Masingira, Lugiri, Avizende, Sagale, Mukulunya, Gisiri and Tembuli.|