The Marakwet is one of ten sub-dialects of the Kalenjin ethnic group who live in the Republic of Kenya. There are an estimated 200,000 Marakwet people. The Marakwet have seven distinct clans, namely:

  1. Almoo,
  2. Talai,
  3. Cherangany (Sengwer or Kimaala),
  4. Endoow,
  5. Markweta (the dialect giving rise to the common name),
  6. Sombirir (Borokot)
  7. Kiptaani.

Each clan of the Marakwet are characterised by their recognition of no authority higher than the asiswo (the assembly of all adult males of the clans). They forged a form of association through their common residence along the Kerio Valley and on the slopes of the Cherangani Hills.


  1. The Marakwet of Kenya: A preliminary study. Author: Professor Benjamin Edgar Kipkorir, PhD. Click here to read this book.
  2. Descent From Cherang’any Hills: Memoirs of a Reluctant Academic Jun 3, 2016 by Prof. Benjamin Kipkorir. The life story of B. E. Kipkorir (1939-2015) is a stunning account told with the grace and ease of a seamless symphony; in captivating literary language, complete with rhetorical flashes of gripping phrases and simple sentences mortised to astonishing tightness. It is a story about the ultimate triumph of a man who beat great odds to scale the highest heights he possibly could. A singular raconteur, the author weaves a tapestry – spanning many years – in quick rapid fire, both vivid and compelling. It’s a story to make you laugh, a story to make you cry, to build your faith to maximize your potential, for it is a story about possibilities. Prof. Kipkorir, an amazing figure of pure will, took his burning ambition to equally deadly and fierce combat zones of war: study, the corporate world and public service; working, as a Deputy Clerk of the Sirikwa County Council, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Executive Chairman of the Kenya Commercial Bank and later, as Kenya’s Ambassador to USA based in Washington-DC.
  3. Professor Benjamin Edgar Kipkorir, PhD (1939-2015) was born at Kapsowar in Marakwet (Kenya) and he grew up in an African Inland Mission Station at Kapsowar in Marakwet District. He was educated at Tambach Secondary School, Alliance High School, Makerere University, and at Cambridge University (PhD). He served his country in different capacities at Sirikwa County as Deputy Clerk, University of Nairobi as a lecturer, Director of the Institute of African Studies, Chairman of the Industrial Development Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank as Executive Chairman, at General Motors as Director, and later in Washington D.C. as Kenya’s Ambassador to the Unites States of America. In his 75 years lifetime, he authored and edited several books and many articles in Kenya.