Maasai Warriors from Kenya inspire Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy pupils
PUBLISHED: 12:50 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 05 October 2018
Stunning songs, dancing and costumes were showcased to enthusiastic pupils at a Lowestoft-area primary school.
A group of Osiligi Maasai Warriors from Kenya dazzled pupils from Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy recently with a rousing performance.
The group of six Maasai Warriors visited as part of their annual tour of the UK, which aims to teach school children about their unique African culture and the differences between their lifestyle and our own.
Importantly it also provides an opportunity for them to raise funds for their Osiligi charity projects, with initiatives so far including two clean water projects that help provide people with sustainable long-term clean drinking water.
The warriors spent all day at the school in St Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft visiting classes and explaining to children that in Kenya children have no access to running water or taps and that people have to walk miles to extract water from a well.
They also have no ovens or appliances such as washing machines that make our lives easier. The warriors said that they appreciated the simple things and were grateful for what they did have.
The children had lots of opportunities to ask questions to help them find out more about the Maasai way of life.
The five men wore vibrant costumes of red adorned with jewellery made from beads, leather and silver, while the only female group member wore bright blue and a beautiful headdress of beads and silver.
Their arms and legs were painted with stripes and they explained that much of their performance centred on the animals, nature and the natural environment where they lived.
As well as singing spellbinding songs, the group entertained the pupils with displays of hunting with spears and shields made from animal skins. The youngsters were encouraged to participate and enjoyed watching staff have a go at dancing and jumping high.
Headteacher Iain Owens said: “This has been a fantastic experience for the children who really engaged with the warriors and have been inspired to learn more about Kenya and the African culture.”
For more information about the tour and the Maasai Warriors charity projects, visit www.osiligi.org