Legio Hill – (the true ‘African Church’ shrine)

legio maria shrine hill ©muoki kioko

A shrine hill of the ‘legio Maria’ religious sect in western Kenya.

A sect with millions of followers in Eastern Africa, said to have started in early 20th century as an off shoot from the roman catholic mixed with local beliefs.

“One factor that led to the rise and development of Legio Maria was the mythical stories about a woman called Min Omolo Ka-Nyunja. The Luos have two stories, the Simbi Nyaima Narrative (a crater lake in Karachuonyo of Homabay County believed to have been caused by a mysterious wandering woman) and the Nyamgondho Kombare Narrative (story of a woman fished out from the lake) which converge with the Legio Maria narrative of Min Omolo Ka-Nyunja (the story of Mama Maria who was a wandering woman across the Luo nation). Former Catholics who converted to Legio Maria, such as Petro Oswago, Juma Pesa, and Atila Timotheo, recounted how this woman visited them in Catholic and called them out to join the new Legio Maria movement. When this old woman, around 90 years of age, finally met with Simeo Ondeto and called him her spiritual son, the spiritual link between Ondeto, this woman, and the mythical stories retold among the Luo coalesced into a powerful force for propelling the formation of a new religious movement”.

A Havard University citation quotes

” the scant scholar-ship on Legio Maria does more to demonstrate the prejudices of
Western theological and secular thinking than to understand the move-
ment on its own terms. This article argues that Legio Maria’s particular
ways of worshiping, believing and remembering the past make it a truly
African church”

– This makes it an very interesting unique experience for Outsiders seeking an unusual African experience. In fact should one want to experience an authentic African religious ceremony they should Target to attend one of this religion’s ceremonies as part of their lives bucket list.

 

 

*All quotes have links within quotes attached to sources of information.

Yala River

yala river ©muokikioko 2017

Ever been to yala river, yala township, or waterfalls along the river? Do any fish exist in this river? if they do – what is the largest that has ever been recorded? do locals use this river to generate electricity for the region.

what bio diversity exists along the river!? with ALL the learned friends that come from this region how come we’ve never heard of a local innovation making use of this resource for those who stay around it!? if any exists how do we learn about it.

what are the local myths associated with this river…

Watching Parrots in Siaya

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african brown parrot in siaya ©muoki kioko2016

Af. brown parrots; a noisy group of birds with unmistakable call as they move around the tree tops in Siaya. Beautifull yet easily ignored as its one amoungst the abundant birdlife in the region moving accross farmlands or forests.

This ‘af brown parrot’ is a more rare parrot species inhabiting the western side of Kenya that closely resembles the ‘brown headed’ species thats much more widespread in Kenya. so much so that a quick google search will more likely turn up info on’brown headed parrots’. Making it a reason why its worth making a visit to this region to search for it.

Views from Siaya

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views from siaya ©muokikioko2016

Ochonga & Omena

Sorting Omena in Siaya ©muoki kioko 2016

We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.

A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.

Ochonga ©muoki kioko 2016

Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…

Fruit processing plant

Those engaged in Large scale production of fruit in siaya can now value add their farm products with the opening up of a local fruit processing plant

From commercial varieties of mangoes to local flavors of indigenous varieties

Aloe vera in Siaya

There are over 10 different species of aloe in Kenya-each with it’s own unique characteristics. Some are  Poisonous, others good for skin moisturizing others good as treatment for internal ailments.

The Aloe products are widely adopted as main ingredients in cosmetic and hair care products. Large numbers of Aloe containing beauty products, creams, lotions, soaps,shampoos, oils, facial cleaners, moisturizers, etc. are available worldwide.

International Aloe Science Council (IASC), a non-profit organization certifies Aloe vera products by measuring total solids, calcium, magnesium, malic acid and polysaccharide.

Those interested in purchasing ALOE for manufacture of aloe medication can get in touch with aloe farmers here in Siaya on +254725332794

Getting it done!

 

This is where most world beaters start from. That African man you meet in a designer suit or woman in high heels in the cities.

Most of their mother’s in rural setups are homemakers, the husband looks for the money while the wife runs the home. Which means she also fetches water during day to keep home and family clothing clean as well ensure there’s cooked food and clean drinking water for her family, as well as taking care of that fine young lad you admire.

Most young families are of modest means so the most convenient and affordable mode of transport is a bicycle.It’s NOT about looking good but getting what needs to be done, done!

Ever been to Lupita’s ‘ Home Area’?

Lupita nyon’go home area ©muoki kioko 2016

One thing that strikes you are the Rock outcrops atop every hill, and on one of those rocks a telephone mobile company has chosen to ride on Lupita’s dads name to gain mileage within the community.

Lupita Nyon’go is the Oscars Academy awards winning actress of the Hollywood ’12y ears a slave’ film fame. She hails from Kenya in this western region famous for its balancing rocks.

Nearby is Ndere Island. 

When it gets cold..

Nature has a way of self adjusting in a manner that may at times make it unrecognisable.

This is a ‘white browed coucal’ All puffed up on a chilly morning, looking quite different than it would on a normal day.

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