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.
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.
He was born in 1952 at the Kericho Municipality among the Talai clan. His father and grand-father were Gwassi exiles and his grandfather even died there. His great grand-father Kipchomber araap Koilegen, the chief Orgoiyot of the Kipsigis people was exiled to Fort Hall (Muranga) in 1914. Tuei attended Kericho Township School before joining Tambach Secondary School in 1969. He thereafter joined Kapsabet High School for his "A" levels in 1973. In 1975 he worked briefly with Kenya Commercial Bank in Kericho before undertaking computer studies in Nairobi. In 1979 he joined Brooke Bond Tea (K) Ltd now Univeler Tea (K) Ltd and retired in 1999. He has worked for many years to highlight the plight of the Kipsigis Talai and this book builds on others he has published before.
He studied History at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton. He is a researcher and writer and the author of the book, Just for today: The Life and Times of Jean-Marie Seroney among others.