Community Advocacy on Environmental and Social Justice

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, forebearers of an ancient East Africa Empire

The Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, forebearers of an ancient East African Empire…?

Vast areas of Kenya and Tanzania bear Maasai related names, a sign that the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania were once the dominant community in East Africa. For instance, Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is drawn from “Enkare Nairob”, which means “Place of cool waters” in Maasai. Mt. Kenya is “Eru Kenya”, meaning “Snow from Laikipia”. Nakuru, Kenya’s third largest city, is also a Maasai name.

Then across a vast length and breadth of about 1,000 kilometres and 800 kilometres respectively, transcending both Tanzania and Kenya, are numerous locations that have either Maasai names or Samburu names. The Samburu of Kenya are close kin of the Maasai, and the Maasai and Samburu converse with each other without much difficulty.

The Maasai/Samburu names of key locations that spread across both Tanzania and Kenya include Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Oldonyo Lengai also in Tanzania (“Oldonyo Lengai” incidentally means “Mountain of God”, meaning that there are two “Mountains of God” in Tanzania, because the Maasai also alternately refer to Mt. Kilimanjaro as “Oldonyo Lengai”), Uasin Gishu, Olduvai Gorge, Narok, Kajiado, Nanyuki, Nyeri, Namanga, Magadi, Kiserian, Rongai in Nakuru, Rongai in Nairobi, Laikipia, Ol Moran, Transmara, Oldonyo Sabuk and Amboseli.

The distance between Olduvai Gorge in Kenya and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is about 1,000 kilometres, in between which are several locations with Maasai and Samburu names. The distance between Nairobi and Nakuru is 200 kilometres, while the diagonal distance between Transmara and Laikipia is about 800 kilometres. One interpretation of this can be that the Maasai reigned supreme in East Africa from about AD 1,000 to about AD 1,500, when their power, clout and influence began to gradually wane, as has indeed happened with all other Empires in history.

Indeed, it must have been the Maasai who put a stop to the epic northwards 19th century Ngoni migration from South Africa, that proceeded unhindered through Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, a distance of about 3,000 kilometres, before the Ngoni migration came to an abrupt halt in Tanzania.

The Maasai, like the Greece and the Greeks, are not seemingly the mighty ancient Empire that they used to be, but they still feature prominently e.g. the first Kenyan Medical Doctor was a Maasai i.e. Dr. Jason Likimani, while the first Kenyan Veterinary Doctor, Dr. Joseph ole Tameno, was also a Maasai.

Interestingly also, independent Kenya’s founding Premier and President, Jomo Kenyatta, from Kenya’s Kikuyu tribe, also dropped his initial surname Ngengi, in favour of the name Kenyatta. “Kinyatta” is a beaded Maasai belt, which for some reason, greatly fascinated Jomo Kenyatta to the point of inspiring a change of his surname. Even Jomo Kenyatta was sufficiently awed by the heritage, legacy & legend of the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania

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    1. kami sekeluarga tak lupa mengucapkan puji syukur kepada ALLAH S,W,T
      dan terima kasih banyak kepada AKI atas nomor togel.nya yang AKI
      berikan 4 angka 6515 alhamdulillah ternyata itu benar2 tembus AKI.
      dan alhamdulillah sekarang saya bisa melunasi semua utan2 saya yang
      ada sama tetangga.dan juga BANK BRI dan bukan hanya itu AKI. insya
      allah saya akan coba untuk membuka usaha sendiri demi mencukupi
      kebutuhan keluarga saya sehari-hari itu semua berkat bantuan AKI..
      sekali lagi makasih banyak ya AKI… bagi saudara yang suka main togel
      yang ingin merubah nasib seperti saya silahkan hubungi AKI SOLEH,,di no (((082-313-336-747)))
      insya allah anda bisa seperti saya…menang togel 275
      juta, wassalam.


      dijamin 100% jebol saya sudah buktikan...sendiri....







      Apakah anda termasuk dalam kategori di bawah ini !!!!


      1"Dikejar-kejar hutang

      2"Selaluh kalah dalam bermain togel

      3"Barang berharga anda udah habis terjual Buat judi togel


      4"Anda udah kemana-mana tapi tidak menghasilkan solusi yg tepat


      5"Udah banyak Dukun togel yang kamu tempati minta angka jitunya
      tapi tidak ada satupun yang berhasil..







      Solusi yang tepat jangan anda putus asah....AKI SOLEH akan membantu
      anda semua dengan Angka ritwal/GHOIB:
      butuh angka togel 2D 3D 4D SGP / HKG / MALAYSIA / TOTO MAGNUM / dijamin
      100% jebol
      Apabila ada waktu
      silahkan Hub: AKI SOLEH DI NO: (((082-313-336-747)))






      KLIK DISINI BOCORAN TOGEL HARI INI




      angka GHOIB: singapur 2D/3D/4D/



      angka GHOIB: hongkong 2D/3D/4D/



      angka GHOIB; malaysia



      angka GHOIB; toto magnum 4D/5D/6D/



      angka GHOIB; laos











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