JUMP LIKE A MAASAI RUN LIKE A KALENJIN SPEAK LIKE A LUO EAT LIKE A LUHYA BARGAIN LIKE A KIKUYU WORK LIKE A KAMBA DANCE LIKE A GIRIAMA TRAVEL LIKE A MZUNGU TRADE LIKE A MUINDI LIVE LIKE A KENYAN
Kenya with all its natural geographic beauty also adorns another beautiful aspect and that is its varied ethnicity. Factually speaking Kenya has more than 40 tribes. diversity is such that the largest ethnic group the Kikuyus, make up for less than a fifth of the total population. With all the diversity, the enyan tribes have their own they have been to make their lives better.
THE MAASAI ow who doesnt know this tribe? Any magazine, journal, travelogue pertaining to enya will by a picture of Maasai Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe and are the more African ethnic groups. arepastoralists and are famous for their reputation as warriors and cattle-rustlers in southern enya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on arid and semi-arid land.
is an important part of their music
and dance traditions. The men of the
community perform a dance called dumu if literally translated means jump up
and down in a . This dance is performed by the warriors who form a circland one or two at a time will come in the to begin jumping. a competitive dance and as every warrior goes higher in the jump, the members of the group raise the pitch of their singing based on the height of the jump. The jumping is also a way of impressing
THE KALENJIN tribe mainly found in the Rift Valley encampment of enya. Since they live in the Highlands of Rift Valley and are related to the people in the Nile, they are also called Highland NilotesThey can be termed as the tribe who has brought Kenya into the international limelight on sports front. The alenjin have been called by some ʻthe running tribeʼ. Since the mid 1960s, the international athletic scene has been dominated by enyan sprinters both men and women. The majority of these runners have been alenjin. Some of the famous names are Kipchoge Keino who was the first achiever of gold medal in 1968 for 1500 more recent alenjin runners are Wilson Kipketer, Tegla Loroupe, Moses Tanui, Helen Kimaiyo, Tergat.
THE LUO occupy mainly the western part of Kenya, and are know to have migrated from udan to their present location around the easte shore of Lake Victoria. The WesternProvince and the Nyanza region are primarily inhabited by the Luos. Since their settlements were near the lake, their main occupation is fishing, though many are farmers and also have jobs in the cities. In the 19th and 20th century, the Luo came in contact with the British and under the leadership of a chief named Odera, the community was initiated into adopting the westernized way of schooling, dress and hygiene. This resulted in a rapid education of a uo in the English language and the English ways.
In the present times, Luos are known to be community. Thus they are to be good at their speech.
They are a group who have intermarried, shared and borrowed from various cultures. A prominent figure from Luo tribe is a well known politician, Raila Odinga who is heading the opposition party. Thus a Luo has a burden of speaking well and living in a more westernized way!
THE LUHYA are the inhabitants of the western province of enya. They are primarily the farming community. Their mainoccupation is farming and poultry. They are known great emphasis on The main sugar producing companies in Kenya like Mumias, Kabras and Nzoia have their contract production zones in the Luhya peoples region, hence sugarcane production is a key commercial enterprise. Chicken is a delicacy among the Luhyas, and thus poultry is a preferred occupation.
The Luhyas are know for their feasts and parties because they give a lot of emphasis on what they serve since they believe that the spread should have all the elements of a balanced meal. Thus when i , its always profitable to be a guest at a uhya house!
THE KIKUYU are the largest number of people in enya. They are also known to be most successful in politics and business. They are believed to have come from West frica and now are finally settled along Mount Kenya where they began their main activity of farming the fertile volcanic highlands. However,
when the British came to Nairobi, they confiscated some of their lands leaving them with only a small piece to cultivate. This led to the formation of a rebellion group, the Mau Mau who entered into war with British and this war led to independence.
Kikuyu community has a history of economic because of the farming. This has led them to be the leaders in business, education and politics. They have an entrepreneurial surpasses the rest of the tribes. A ikuyu will always prefer to be selfemployed than work for somebody. Thus when in , learn to bargain the way!
THE AKAMBA (Plural of Kamba) are the people who live in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya stretching east from Nairobi to Tsavo. Theyare concentrated in the Machakos district of the Eastern Province. This tribe was originally the hunter-gatherers, but later adopted agriculture due to arability of the new land that they had come occupy. In the mid eighteenth century, a large number of kamba pastoral groups moved eastwards from the Tsavo and Kibwezi areas to the coast. This migration was the result of extensive drought and lack of pasture for their cattle. They took up alternate occupations and settled in the areas of the coast of . The akamba are still known for their fine work in basketry and pottery. Their artistic inclination evidenced in the sculpture work that is on display in many craft shops and galleries in the major cities and town of Kenya. Infact, they have a massivehandicraft industry in Mombasa which supplies to the rest of the country.
Since this tribe had to adopt new means to survive, therefore hard work is associated with akamba people.
THE GIRIAMA is a sub group of Mjikenda tribe and they make up for the largest among the coastal tribes of . They are staunchly proud of their traditional customs.
They have a rich traditional dance culture and use a lot of as a part of the dance costume. They dance for every event of life and are thus the most and lively community.
MUZUNGU is rather a racist term that is used to describe a ʻwhiteʼ man. Demographically speaking, the are an extremely minor group and most of them are of aristocratic descent continue to yield influence especially over Kenyan Political Elite. Kenya as a tourist destination is preferred by the Europeans because of its earthy, raw feel and also because it offers less expensive holiday. Thus, at any given time, Kenya is full of tourists and therefore mzungus are perceived to be the travellers. For the Kenyans, the are travel enthusiasts and thus for them if one should travel, then he should travel like a muzungu!
MUINDI is yet another to describe an from , , are in minority, yet have had ainfluence on the economy of the country. A few communities were brought by the Britishers to work on the railway project to open the interiors of East Africa. The rest came as traders and have stayed on for the past two centuries. The Indian community primarily from Gujarat is known for their business acumen. Indians in enya form one of the most prosperous communities of the region.