Tiriki is one of sixteen clans and dialects of the Abaluyia People of Western Kenya. The Tiriki Clans. The word Tiriki is also used to refer to their Geographical Location in Hamisi Division, Vihiga County, in the Western province of Kenya. Hamisi Constituency now Hamisi Sub County is one of the longest in Kenya stretching from kiboswa(Ny’angori) to Shiru which borders Kapsabet and Musunji which borders Kakamega Forest.
Tiriki is located in the Republic of Kenya in Vihiga County. Vihiga County is one of the five counties that formed the former Western Province. The other counties in the former Western Province are Kakamega (which Vihiga was previously a part of), Bungoma, and Busia. Trans Nzoia county is located in the former Rift Valley but has a majority Abaluyia population. Nandi County in the former Rift Valley province also has a sizable but minority Abaluyia population.
The name Hamisi refers to Hamisi Division or sub-county of Vihiga county which is overseen by a District Officer. The name Hamisi also refers to Hamisi constituency which is represented in the Kenya National Assembly by a Member of Parliament. The name Hamisi also refers to the Administrative Capital of Hamisi Constituency where majority of government offices in the Division are located. The name Hamisi itself was derived from a trader who run a shop in the area from the early days of colonialism. The typical way the Tiriki refer to Hamisi is “Wa-Hamisi” which means the place of Hamisi.
Tiriki location is just under 40 kilometers long running southwest to north east. It is roughly shaped like a dumbbell. About 5 km wide in the south west, less than 2 km wide in the centre, and 8 km wide in the north east.
The total land areas is about 110 squire kilometers of which about 30 square kilometers are Kaimosi forest.
Here is a List of The Tiriki Clans
The Tiriki speak Ludiliji and occupy Tiriki in Vihiga district. Tiriki clans include;
- Turug’a(vamuruga mmluga)
- Vasuba (‘Walking with Joel’ – The Mwanzi Dynasty))
- Bamahalia clan
Tirikis live in proximity with the Maragoli, Nandi, Luo, Banyore and the Idakho, their fellow Luhya tribes and hence the similarities with three clans of the Maragoli i.e. Vakizungu, Vamavi and Vasaniaga. Among all of the Luyha tribes, the Tiriki are particularly famous for their circumcision ceremonies with elaborate masks and body paint akin to Luhyas of Kabras in Malava (or Terik of the Nandi tribe) held in forests around in Western and parts of Trans-Nzoia province.
The Tiriki speak Ludiriji (more widely referred to Lutirichi or Tiriki, according to Ethnologue) and occupy the area North of Hamisi District in localities like Wamisi (Hamisi), Shamakhokho, Lwandon, Erusui, Esenende (home of Senende Boys High School), Igavinjari, Igavsotichi, Ichitinda, Muhudu, Musunji, Kaptisi, Ibumbo, Ishiru, Tindinyo, Gamalenga, and the border town of Seremi which borders Aldai (Nandi); Rift Valley Province.
Tiriki Notable persons
- Daudi Kabaka, Kenya’s most famous musician.
- Cyrus Jirongo, the founding Secretary General of Youth for Kanu 92
- Philip Kisia, Nairobi Town Clerk.
- Johnston Kavuludi, Chairman of the National Police Service Commission.
- Cliff Mukulu, founder of Rentworks
- Adema Sangale, CEO of Proctor and Gamble East Africa
- Justice Daniel Anganyanga, Judge of the Court of Appeal
- Professor George Godia, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education
- James Simani, Ambassador to China
- Meshack Igobua, Headmaster Upper Hill School
- Ambassador Charles Amira
- Patricia Amira, Media personality and communication specialist
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