HEADLINES

Kenya: Maasai Cricket Warriors Fighting For Women’s Rights

Reporting by Matthew Bannister, (November 18, 2015) Aired on BBC Radio.

Out there: They ditch traditional whites for colourful clothing and body decorationsThe traditional life of a Maasai warrior in Kenya involves learning how to hunt and herd cattle. One group of Maasai warriors have now learnt a surprising new skill – playing cricket – and they’ve formed a team. Their captain, Sonyanga Weblen Ole Ngais told Matthew Bannister how playing cricket is similar to hunting with spears.

BBC RADIO: listen button Listen to the recent interview with Sonyanga Ngais  (opens new window)

The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation, early childhood marriages and are fighting for the rights of women.

Following article by Lee Moran, was published on March 19, 2012 in the Daily Mail.

Ditching traditional whites for their colourful clothing and body decorations, the Kenyan tribesmen are in serious training. These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors – the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport. Donning pads and armed with bats, the men from the Laikipia region this week left their tiny village for the Mombasa Legends Cricket Nursery.

Out there: They ditch traditional whites for colourful clothing and body decorations

Out there: They ditch traditional whites for colourful clothing and body decorations

Colourful: These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport

Colourful: These are the Maasai Cricket Warriors – the semi-nomadic cattle herders vowing to brighten up their sport.

Inspirational: Through playing cricket in regional communities they are trying to promote healthier lifestyles

Inspirational: Through playing cricket in regional communities they are trying to promote healthier lifestyles.

 Silhouette: The Warriors hope to play at the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month

Silhouette: The Warriors hope to play at the Last Man Standing 2012.

 Silhouette: The Warriors hope to play at the Last Man Standing 2012 World Championships in Cape Town next month.

Silhouette: The Maasia Warriors at sunset.

Warm up: The Maasai Cricket Warriors seen limbering up on the beach during a training session

Warm up: The Maasai Cricket Warriors seen limbering up on the beach during a training session.

Ripped: The Maasai Warriors look to be enjoying every minute that they are out on the cricket pitch

Ripped: The Maasai Warriors look to be enjoying every minute that they are out on the cricket pitch.

How would this kit go down at Lords? A batsman shows off his sportswear

How would this kit go down at Lords? A batsman shows off his sportswear.

The Beach: The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation, early childhood marriages and are fighting for the rights of women

The Beach: The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation, early childhood marriages and are fighting for the rights of women.

And through their cricket they also try to promote healthier lifestyles and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among tribal youth, they added.

An online appeal for donations on the Maasai Cricket Warriors website said:

By developing cricket and sports amongst Maasai youth and children the aim is to empower the youth in Maasai communities while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well-adjusted members of society.

🔝

Watch a short interview with the girls who are playing cricket


Article in Daily Mail: Meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors

Click Picture for a Popular Article

  • Father says life teaches you many lessons to grow mature&strong and that what we are going through is just the hardest one
  • People light candles at the scene of a massive car bomb attack in Karada, a busy shopping district where people were shopping for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2016. More than 100 people died Sunday in a car bombing that the Islamic extremist militia group said it carried out, an official of the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
  • A Palestinian girl and women figth to free a Palestinian boy (bottom) held by an Israeli soldier (C) during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on August 28, 2015 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI
  • Ronald Reagan meets Afghan Mujahideen Commanders at the White House in 1985.
  • Donald Trump Jumps The Shark
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees to Canada late Thursday night at Pearson International airport
  • Women to be placed on Canadian bank notes. Merna Forster helps prove that the adage is true, one voice can raise the voices of many. Forster is from British Columbia's provincial capital, Victoria, and her petition has brought about recognition to an overlooked wrong that required "righting" - and that she did with an impressive 73,402 signatures.
  • The Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, May 1945. (Photo: Public Domain). (Alistair Reign News Blog www.AlistairReignBlog.com).
  • UNICEF estimates nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 injured in the past four months in the country, the poorest in the Middle East. 13 Yemeni teaching staff and four children were killed by a Saudi air strike on August 20. Two days before, coalition bombing in the Amran province took the lives of 17 civilians, injuring 20 more. UNICEF condemned what it called the “senseless bloodshed.” A Red Cross spokeswoman said the violence in Ta’iz, in southern Yemen, in just one day on August 21 left 80 people dead.
  • Operation Mesoamerica human trafficking operation conducted in Panama City, Panama.
  • Mona Relief has become a lifeline to the Yemeni families they reach; delivering more than physical aid, they bring with them a glimmer of hope; a reassurance that Yemen is not forgotten.

Click Picture for a Popular Cartoon

  • The moment Bruce Jenner realized he was a woman
  • Donald Trump will save the day
  • Way-back Machine: Who Vogue'd It Best? Take our poll at Alistair Reign News Blog: AlistairReignBlog.com
  • Paul Ryan Retires
  • Donald Trump and a Cheshire cat have the same smug smile.
  • Trump Trudeau State Dinner.
  • Where's Steve - Satire Cartoon
  • Satire: USA Denies Whites Can Be Terrorist
  • Nicki 'Minnie' Minaj
  • al-Batshit-Assad

Start a Conversation or Write a Caption This joke.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.