In the early 1900s the Somali people mounted resistance against the British, Italians and Menelik II of Ethiopia before the Italians and the British partitioned Somaliland for themselves. In the 1940’s local branches of the Somalia Youth League ensured continuous resistance to colonial occupation and rule.
Early and successful resistance to British settlers by the Nandi and Kipsigis led by their Orkoiik including Koitalel Arap Samoei and Kipchomber Arap Koilegei among many others is well documented. We expand our earlier Facebook post exploring further the office of the Orkoiyot (Orkoinotet).
OTENYO NYAMATERERE was a Kisii warrior from Kitutu and of the Bogeka clan whose legend of valor against the colonial government is still recited in song and poem by his people.