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Posted February 28, 2000
Dr. Kimenyi uses academic application to prove his point that the study of names is a crucial aspect of understanding African society. Thorough explanations are accorded the personal as well as some place names of the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa peoples of eastern and central Africa. Kimenyi ventures deep into the linguistics.This, to some extent, renders the book as very academic. Kimenyi exemplifies how the names get to be structured, including the prefixes used to form gender-specific names. Relationships of names to such aspects as war, clanship, proverbs, poetry, praises, royalty, and social class is examined. And the reader gets to absorb so much about the much highlighted issue of friction versus harmony between the ethnic groups. The main shortcoming of this master volume is the poor editing, illustrated by several typographical errors and unnecessary repetition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.