Kalenjin, Okiek in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Kalenjin, Okiek only in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language



Okiek artistry produces a rich range of verbal art, oratory, and song as well as diverse material objects. Schools are poorly equipped, but attendance has increased since the late 1980s. A handful of Okiek have now gone to secondary school, a few continuing to trade school or university. Okiek believe in a beneficent god (Torooret or Asiista) and ancestor spirits who can bring misfortune if they are forgotten or if wrongs are committed. Major Okiek ceremonies celebrate stages of social maturation: a headshaving ceremony where a child receives a new name; an ear-piercing ceremony at age twelve to fourteen (now rarely practised); and initiation into adulthood.

Ministry Obstacles

The Okiek people are not highly literate, and many need to hear the Gospel message in oral form.

Outreach Ideas

The full Bible is available in the Maasai language, and other resources such as the Jesus film are available. Workers are needed to take these resources to the people. The Christians among this people need to be discipled and challenged to reach others with the Gospel of Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for unity among the Christian believers among the Okiek people. Pray they will regularly fellowship together, and live holy lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for peaceful relations with other tribes in the area of the Okiek, and for improving living conditions.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kalenjin, Okiek
People Name in Country Kalenjin, Okiek
Population in Kenya 90,000
World Population 90,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akiek, Dorobo, Ndorobo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Kalenjin, Okiek
Ethnic Code NAB62g
People ID 14157
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Rift Valley Province, Kajiado and Narok districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gikuyu Okiek
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gikuyu Okiek
For Primary Language: Okiek

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.40 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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