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KENYA

Our country is Kenya. It is one of the states in East Africa. Kenya is rich in diversity. It has 42 ethnic tribes, each rich in its own culture and tradition. Along the Kenya-Uganda border, we have the Samia, Teso, Turkana and Pokot who live across the two countries. Along the Kenya-Tanzania border, we have the Maasai, Luo and Kuria who live in the two states. In Kenya-Somalia border we have the Somalis while in the northern part of the country we have the Boran who resides in both Kenya and Ethiopia. Kenya also borders the Indian Ocean, where a lot of inter-cultural marriages took place between the local tribes and the Arabs. Because of this diversity, it has become very difficult for the country to have one common attire also known as “National dress”. The Maasai’s don the traditional “Shukas”, which is basically loose clothing wrapped around the body. The looseness enables the Maa who walk along distance without feeling the heat. Down the coast they also wrap the shukas but differently from the Maasai’s. The Turkana’s still don the hides and skin, only the urbane Turkana have modern clothes. The other ethnic group put on differently depending on the locality. However, one common dress that is predominant across the country is the “Kitenges”. It borrows heavily from the West African states particularly Nigeria. The Kitenges are colarless loose African clothing worn by both male and female. The design varies according to the gender. It can assume the outfit of a suit, in which case the top and botton are alike, or broken suit, where the top is different from the bottom. It is normally donned in all the occasions except formal office-work. The natives prefer it during weddings, funerals, church gathering, political meeting and other functions. Kitenge is supposed to be an attire of class, therefore not suppose to be put on during normal performance of daily chores. The type and cost of Kitenge donned depends on the material used, colour and design. The Kenya Kitenge is a modification of the Nigerian agbadda, normally put on by the burly figures.

Coordinator teacher: Hesborne Otieno Omolo