Utamaduni Day celebrated in Paramount Chief Lenana graveyard

By Obegi Malack 

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As the country marked Utamaduni Day in Kajiado County the celebrations were held in Paramount chief, Oloiboni Olonana’s graveyard in Kona Baridi slopes of Ngong Hills.

Olonana died at Kiserian on March 7th 1911.

Charles Leshore founder Maasai Museum and Centre for Indigenous Culture said this year’s Utamaduni Day was about cohesion and culture, it brought together all tribes who live in Kajiado since the county is a cosmopolitan county.

He said communities should share about their culture for cohesion and integration.

Leshore displayed a collecting important material in his museum during the event, he has been collecting these materials for the last 22 years for his Maasai Museum and Centre for Indigenous Culture.

The Paramount Chief’s grave yard has been left unattended with only a sign post of his name and date of death. The historians now want the area to be secured and a museum put up in the area.

George ole Kiok, a former public servant who has been researching on Maasai Patriach said the history of the chief paramount should be passed to the next generation.

He said they need to secure the place and put a monument, museum, traditional houses, a hotel for indigenous food, a shop among other structures.

Geoffrey Mboye from the department of tourism Kajiado County Government said the county is putting up to secure historical site in the county, this weill create job opportunities for locals besides rasining revenue for the county

Mr Muthima Mwangi founder and director Dunia Senta said history is important and communities should respect where they come from, the historian has heritage garden in Rimpa.

He took through A Better Afrika (ABA) Organization of youths through history lessons.

The ABA group founder Asiis Kiprop said culture encompasses all facets of human activities, ranging from leadership, economics, spirituality, social interactions and technological developments.

“We must look deep into history, not to glory and live in the past, for even the past had it’s own flaws, but to remind ourselves of who we were before we lost ourselves to the cultural erosion, social disorientation and spiritual confusion that colonialism brought” he said

The event was also attended by Nancy Milanoi now founder CEO of Naretu Maa, a Community-Based Organization that advocates girls’ education and fights traditional practices such as early marriage and FGM.

Kiok explains that Oloiboni Olonana was born in 1870 and later graduated into a brave warrior between 1881 and 1905 after he had been initiated into the Italala age set before succeeding his father Mbatian as the Oloiboni of the Maasai community in 1887.

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