Oromo, Sakuye in Kenya

Oromo, Sakuye
Photo Source:  Anthony Njoroge 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Oromo, Sakuye
Country: Kenya
10/40 Window: No
Population: 28,000
World Population: 28,000
Primary Language: Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.40 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Oromo
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

According to oral history, up to ten generations came from their center in Dabel and migrated to Elwak and other places in search of pasture for their animals, yet they keep coming back once a year to a type of yearly Passover like that of the Israelites. They are Cushitic. There is a possibility that they came from Somalia through Alwak to their present area in Dabel. This group occupies the Eastern Province of Kenya in the Moyale District close to the boundary of the North Eastern Province. Their main center is still in Dabel. They speak Borana and are related to the Rendille people. Oral history has it that they lived under the kingship of the Rendille before there was a conflict related to pastureland which resulted in them breaking into a separate tribe. Due to the places they have passed through, they speak Borana, which is the common language in the area.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally they kept camels, along with cows and goats. However today they have embraced subsistence farming. They were traditionally nomadic. They use Dagora (cloth) which they wrap around themselves from hip downwards and a lot of ornaments on their heads which they call "Shabat." This is especially true when they are ready to get married. This cloth was only white and worn in ceremonies. They also used to comb their hair nicely and divide it into two at the middle of their head. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a rite of passage as well as circumcision for boys at age seven. Boys marry as teenagers, although girls could be married at any age up to 12 years of age. This is done especially through negotiation with parents. Anybody who reaches the age of FGM and circumcision and is not married is scorned and rejected. If a young marriageable girl accused a boy of even greeting her, that person would have a case to answer even if it was only greetings. Only married females are supposed to speak to men.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow traditional Islam mixed with animism; they even have a shrine in Dabel as well as family shrines. They would rather speak of other things due to their Islamic roots which frown on such things.

What Are Their Needs?

They are in constant conflict with their neighbors. They also need water for both sanitation and animals. They have limited exposure to Christianity. They have had exposure to shepherd ministry for the last ten years.

Prayer Points

Ask the Prince of Peace to reign in their midst and that they would experience a movement to Christ this decade. Pray for rain for livestock and for their farms and showers of spiritual blessings upon their lives. Pray for Holy Spirit directed workers to be thrust out to the Sakuye Oromo people.

Text Source:   Joshua Project