When I was told I’d be heading to Pokot, I thought of the place being semi-arid and full of bandits. I didn’t get to see that side of Pokot. What I discovered was a community rich in culture. There are many perceptions about the Pokot people, one I have is of Tegla Loroupe who is a renowned athlete in the country. Her record speaks for itself which shows you what an achievement she’s had in her career.
Kapenguria is a town lying north east of Kitale on the A1 road in Kenya. Kapenguria is capital of the West Pokot County. Kapenguria forms a municipality with an urban population of 13,000 and a total population of 56,000 (1999 census) [Wikipedia].
Kapenguria municipality has seven wards (Chemwochoi, Kaibos, Kapenguria, Keringet/Psigirio, Kisiaunet, Siyoi and Talau). All of them belong to Kapenguria Constituency, which has a total of 23 wards, the remaining 15 are located within other local authorities [Wikipedia].
Above is some view of Makutano town.
After an 8 hours drive from Nairobi and we arrive at Makutano, West Pokot County. Makutano town is just close to Kapenguria which is the capital of the county. The occasion was a koito which is a Kalenjin word meaning a pre-wedding ceremony. My experience narrated here is about the culture of the Pokot people which you can notice from there dressing is quite eye catching.
Above is the men and women of Pokot in a traditional dance.
I’ll leave you with this one. The picture below is of me sandwiched between two men. Two real men I have the most respect. Just observe them. Do you see what they have on? It’s a skin. From which animal?
Watch more of the Pokot traditional dance by clicking the link below.