Janet Mbugua, Eddie Ndichu and Baby Huru step out in style during Baby Huru’s traditional Itega ceremony (Photos)
The Maasai and Samburu are recognized the world over for maintaining their cultural traditions in the face of colonialists who wanted Africans to drop their culture in favor of Western culture.
Another ceremony that has stood the test of time is Itega where a baby is introduced to the community by the mum and the grandmother, most importantly to the mum’s and grandmother’s peers.
The Itega is usually done as soon as the baby is old enough to be held and the neck is stable as the baby is often passed and bounced around (gũcũgia mwana) when getting welcome to the community.
In addition an animal is slaughtered, there is a lot of dancing, gifts are presented and drinks are drunk in celebration.
Janet Mbugua recently held an Itega for the son, a few months after when he turned one so all the bouncing and passing around will not get him all lightheaded and the clamoring will not get him anxious.
As his Itega commenced Janet said “I know we're late in the game considering Huru is almost 16 months only but better late than never!”
For this big day, the Mbugua’s brought their A game when it came to looking fashionable with the boy’s shirts being designed by Casa Dalhia while Janet wore a white jumpsuit, an orange turban and red sneakers for comfort.
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