Kinjeketile and the Maji Maji rebellion. Kinjeketile Ngwale claimed to be a spirit medium. He defied the German colonialists in Tanganyika. This method proved successful; in many wars which involved the for me is the Maji Maji Rebellion, or as I like to call it, the Maji Maji Uprising. The Maji Maji Rebellion was an armed rebellion against German colonial rule. Born out of unfair policies aimed at the indigenous population, it proved a major.

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The revolt happened as a result of the German colonialists forcing the Africans in German East Africa to grow cotton for export. Each majimaki was supposed to produce a certain amount of cotton.

The village heads were assigned the wwar of overseeing the cotton production. SinceGerman colonists had occupied the area providing an oppressive environment for indigenous groups. However, rebellion had been hard to coordinate between the various ethnic groups who often had differing ideas about the policies enacted by the Germans, and found it difficult to bound together. However, this would change when the Germans attempted to force labor in the form of picking cotton upon the indigenous peoples.


Cotton was an important “cash crop” for Europeans, but was not profitable for the indigenous people who often faced torture if they did not work efficiently enough.

The Matumbi people deeclared war on Germany on July 31,armed with spears and arrows. The troops were composed of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and were able to band together to resist the German colonists.

What Was the Maji Maji Rebellion? –

It was estimated that ,ajimaji than 20 ethnic groups banded together during the Maji Maji rebellion. The word “Maji” comes from a drink that was made from water mixed with willet.

It was given to the soldiers who were fighting German colonists in anticipation of their fights. In an action of revolt against German colonizers, the Matumbi people destroyed a cotton plantation and trading center. Due to this attack, Kinjeketile was arrested and hanged for treason. Before his death, he had told the people that he had already given them the medicine that turned bullets into water. The tribesmen later made an attack on a group of missionaries who were on a safari, and they speared them to death.


Among them was a Catholic Bishop.

They following day they attacked a post the Germans occupied. The government of Germany discouraged the settlers from harassing the Africans by treating them like slaves.

What Was the Maji Maji Rebellion?

The uprising became an encouragement to other freedom fighters to unite despite their cultural differences with the aim of eliminating the colonial rulers.

The survivors of the Maji Maji Rebellion land became a forest and occupied by wild animals. The Maji Maji Rebellion caused several things to change. From the Ngoni tribe, about one hundred aristocrats were killed. Traditional leaders were replaced by westerners.

There was a great famine because the people concentrated on fighting the Germans. Around 15 German casualties were reported. This page was last updated on April 25, What Was the Maji Maji Rebellion?