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Kenya is on a count-down to its general election set to happen this coming August.

As expected, all conversations leading to the polls have been a path that has been trotted carefully as Kenya experienced turmoil in the last post-election period.

We have decided to count it down on a more positive note however. We will be highlighting the 43 tribes of Kenya weekly showing you some facts about each community and what makes us all shine with unity in diversity.

And to start with .


  • Eastern Province of Kenya

The Kamba people also known as The Akamba ( Plural) is a Bantu ethnic community/tribe currently occupying the former Eastern Province of Kenya. It is estimated that they consist of  11 percent of Kenyan population.

  •  Language

They speak the Kamba language also known as ‘Kikamba’ and its interesting to note that Kikamba has no letters “c”,”f”,”j”, ‘r’, ‘x’,’q’ and ‘p’ in its alphabet.

  •  Economic Activity

Known for their Long Distance trading which was mainly because of their vast knowledge of the terrain around them and good relations with other communities. This has led to the dreaded phrase “No Vaa” by Kambas which means ”It’s Just Here” Woe to you if you are walking somewhere far with a Kamba 🙂unnamed-3

3872815758_fd37678b35They traded with the Arabs at the coast for a long time too and a heavy presence of the remnants of this migration can be witnessed today in the coastal regions such as Mariakani, Kinango, Kwale, Mombasa West (Changamwe and Chaani) and Mombasa North (Kisauni).

The Kamba are known to be skilled craftsmen with speciality in iron/metal, carvings, making drums, ornaments, as well as their knowledge in medicinal herbs. They traded sugar cane wine,brass amulets, ivory, tools and weapons, millet, and cattle.


  • Social Setting

The Kamba did not have one central leader to rule over them but rather they were governed by a council of elders known as Kingole. The family (Musyi) was headed by the Father who engaged themselves in trading, hunting, cattle-herding while the mother helped by the daughters farmed in a plot of land to cater for the families needs.KAMBA FAMILY


  • Akamba in South America

unnamed-1The Kamba are also found in South American country of Paraguay.

They are original African descendants that founded the city of Kamba Cuá which is an important Central Department of the Afro Paraguayan community in Paraguay.

The Akamba here are known as Artigas Cue -or “black of Kamba Cuá”. They arrived in Paraguay as members of a regiment of 250 spearmen, men and women, who accompanied General Jose Gervasio Artigas, the independence revolutionary leader of the Eastern Band (the current Uruguay) in his exile in Paraguay in 1820

  • Dancing

Refereed to as the most spectacular manifestation of traditional Kamba culture was their dancing, performed to throbbing polyrhythmic drum beats.KAMBA B

The Kamba dances include exceptional acrobatic leaps and somersaults which can be made to look easy by their athletic bodies.

  • Kilumi Rain Ritual

This Sacred spiritual dance was performed by everyone in the community led by rainmakers. It was characterized by a display of agility in body movements accompanied by songs composed for the occasion.


  • Prophetess

A famous Kamba woman called Syokimau, a Prophetess and a great Healer – Prophesied the coming of the white people to Kenya and prophesied also about the construction of the Mombasa to Kisumu railway line. In her prophecy she said she could see people of a different colour carrying fire inside waters which was later to be understood as white people in vessels carrying match boxes and guns. She prophesied seeing a long snake that whose head was in the Indian Ocean and the tail was in Lake Victoria.

World number one tennis champion Serena Williams laughs on February 23, 2010 as she is dressed-up in traditional regalia by women from the Kamba tribe in the Wee village, Makueni district, some 300 kilometers southeast of Nairobi, to inaugurate a school she funded. The school, built in collaboration with another charity 'Build African Schools' is her second action in the eastern Kenya region since 2008. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis champion Serena Williams being dressed

as a Kamba woman.


(Photo credit /AFP/Getty Images