THE LEGEND OF LUANDA MAGERE

Magere disappeared from the battlefield after he was stabbed, the Kano people for who Luanda Magere fought went home wailing terribly as their hero had been killed. When he died, there was a strong wind everywhere and over the whole of Kano and Nandi, there was a thick cloud covering on the sky. The area suffered a two-year drought before he appeared in a dream saying where he was.

KISUMU

Of all the famous Luo legends, that of Luanda Magere stands out as the most recent and, perhaps, most tangible

Among the Kenya Luo ethnic community, the story is told of a legendary hero called Luanda Magere.
“Luanda” means “rock”.  “Magere” could variously mean “the one that builds” or “the one on which I shall build” (if the root word is taken to be “gero”, i.e. to “build”), or “the fierce one” (if the root word is taken to be “ger”, i.e. “fierce”). So the name “Luanda Magere” could variously mean “the rock that builds”, “the rock on which I shall build” or “the fierce rock”.

Folklore of the Luo speaks of a mighty warrior known as Luanda Magere. He belonged to the Sidho clan in Kano, and he was believed to have once walked the shores of Lake Victoria. The Sidho clan occupies the present sugar belt at the foot of the Nandi…

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