Kenya's present population of more than 27 million is the result
of incursions and migrations of differing groups over the past 1,500
years. For visitors, this striking cultural mix is one of the pleasures
of visiting the country. For Kenyans, it has, in the past, presented
some problems as various groups vied for power and territory.
There are more than 70 tribal groups among the Africans in Kenya.
Distinctions between many of them are blurred - western cultural
values are becoming more ingrained and traditional values are disintegrating.
Yet, even though the average African may have outwardly drifted
away from tribal traditions, tribe is still the most important part
of a person's identity.