OKIEK [OKI] A few speakers out of an ethnic group of 20,000 in
Kenya (1980 Heine and Möhlig). On East Mau Escarpment,
Nakuru District, Rift Valley Province. Possibly in Tanzania. Alternate
names: AKIEK, 'NDOROBO'. Dialects: SUIEI, SOGOO.
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic,
Southern, Kalenjin, Okiek.
||A few speakers out of an
ethnic group of 20,000 in Kenya (1980 Heine and Möhlig).
||On East Mau Escarpment,
Nakuru District, Rift Valley Province. Possibly in
Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic, Southern, Kalenjin, Okiek.
||People may be bilingual
Nandi. Most or all 'Ndorobo' are highly bilingual in an
adopted language. 'The language is remembered by a few old
men married to Kikuyu women and living in Kikuyu
communities' (Dimmendaal 1989). Some 'Ndorobo' languages
are nearly extinct. The Akiek in northern Tanzania now
speak Maasai. The Akiek of Kinare in Kenya now speak
Kikuyu. Those in Tanzania and Kenya are not in contact
with each other. 'Ndorobo' is a derogatory cover term for
several small hunter or forest groups, not linguistically
related (El Molo, Yaaku, Okiek, Omotik). Forest, mountain
slope. Hunter-gatherers (formerly), beekeepers. Some
Source: Heine, SIL