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!