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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.

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Watch a short interview with the girls who are playing cricket


Article in Daily Mail: Meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors

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