The Keiyo were known earlier as El-geyo (“El-gay-o”), which is originally a Maasai word. The Keiyo are part of a larger ethnic grouping of ten culturally and linguistically related tribes known as the Kalenjin. The Keiyo whose population is approximately 144,000 live in the western section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in an administrative district bearing the same name— Keiyo District in the Republic of Kenya. Until recently, most Keiyo sub-ethnic group lived along the slopes of the Elgeyo Escarpment, a spectacular geological feature that drops in elevation from 2,590 m (8,500 ft ) in the highlands to 1,070 m (3,500 ft ) in the Kerio River Valley. Shortly before, and continuing after, the end of British colonial rule in 1963, many Keiyo moved up into the highlands of the fertile Uasin Gishu
plateau to take up farming of cash crops.
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