the economic activities of the Agikuyu during the pre-colonial period

duties of the council of elders among the Agikuyu in the pre-colonial period.

 They were the highest court of appeal.
 They solved land and inheritance disputes.
 They settled civil and criminal cases.
 They presided over religious and other functions.




the economic activities of the Agikuyu during the pre-colonial period.

  • Agriculture. They grew sorghum, eleusine, millet, root crops and many others for subsistence.
  • Animal husbandry. They kept cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, etc.
  • Trade. They exchanged various trade items with their Maasai, Akamba, Okiek and other neighbours. Such items included grains and livestock.
  • Ironworking. From iron smelting, they obtained weapons and farm implements, with which they were able to settle and farm in their present homeland.




  • Crafts. They made pots, baskets and other items, which boosted their skills in trade and other economic activities.
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