Who owns the old Maa nation?
In Kenya, where land politics is permeated by corruption, the Maasai tribe is still struggling to regain their ancestral land, taken from them during the colonial era. In Kajiado county, where wildlife is better protected than Kenya's indigenous peoples, defending your land might cost your life.
The history of the Maaasai tribe dates back to the 19th century. Before that, the Kushite people ruled the grasslands today known as the White Highlands - a word that tells the fate of the area in the hands of the British who would arrive 100 years later. There lay the great Maa nation. The area stretched from Lake Turkana near the Kenya-Ethiopian border, down to the fertile highlands and the East African Rift Valley to the central parts of Tanzania. The tribe was magnificent. The mass warriors even deterred the slave traders who built their trading empire around the Maasai land. The nation flourished and the revival expanded. Until the British arrived.