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The Kipsigis Talai: Tragedy, Tribulation and Triumph of a Community in Kenya

David Tuei narrates the history of the Talai clan spanning the period from the mid-19th Century to present. Various themes run through the book including persecution, banishment, exclusion and even marginalization all of which contributed to the present hardships faced by the Kipsigis Talai including poverty, lack of opportunities and landlessness.


This book, The Kipsigis Talai examines the emergence of the Talai clan among the Kipsigis and looks at their activities before the coming of the Europeans, their resistance to European colonization and the aftermath. Under the leadership of the Chief Orkoiyot Kipchomber araap Koilegen, the interests of the Kipsigis and the British were heavily at odds. Through the leadership of the Talai, the Kipsigis, just like the Nandi, vigorously resisted the occupation of their country by the British. Their initial resistance in the early period of colonial rule led to three main Talai leaders namely Arap Koilegen, Kibuigut araap Sing’oei and Araap Boisio being banished to Central Kenya in 1914.






Dark Blue, White, Yellow




David Ng'asura Tuei,

Godfrey K. Sang


Gapman Publications


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