November 8, 2008
Wangu Wa Makeri sat on men. This is a recurring theme in the many versions of the myths that have been told about her and in some, it is cited as the instigator of her downfall, the revolt of men, and change in the system of rule. This is what I was interested in showing in my work, that the many narratives about Wangu have been weaved in a myth that continuously evolves and changes according to the orator. Personally, I find the myth more compelling to illustrate than the factual story of Wangu. However, for me to be able to arrive at the set of illustrations below, I had to have as factual understanding of who Wangu was as a person.
My version starts on what I feel she is most famous for, then goes to the men planning and carrying out their revolt, to the women getting pregnant and being handed domestic tools for their role in society has changed, and finally the men celebrating their victory and taking over leadership. My take on Wangu Wa Makeri.