Baringo County Governor Stanley Kiptis has urged residents to embrace culture and community traditions.
Speaking at the Kenya School of Government, Baringo Campus, when he officially launched a newly published boom titled “The Orror Marriage process”, Kiptis said indigenous cultures are in danger of extinction.
Governor Kiptis said there is also need to preserve the vernacular language which he said has become vulnerable due to western influence.
He lauded the author of the book, advocate Michael Chesikaw for documenting the Orror culture saying the move will ensure future generations don’t lose vital aspects of the community’s traditions.
“I applaud the author Advocate Michael Chesikaw for documenting our culture so that our young generation can be rescued from cultural decay in the society,”said Kiptis.
The book captures marriage aspects of the Orror people, a sub-community of the Tugen people, a Kalenjin tribe which inhabit the northern part of Baringo county in the North Rift region.
Chesikaw, the author of the book pointed out that through his publication, the youth and modern parents will learn to embrace the institution of marriage from indigenous point of view.
The book is aimed at making youth embrace the community’s tradition and culture in matters marriage.
He said youth have been enslaved by modern digital lifestyles and the community’s cultural traditions are at risk of being eroded.
The author said he gathered information in his book from research and oral narration given by senior members of the community, who witnessed and practised these oriental cultural practices in their youthful days.
The book was published by the Kenya Literature Bureau.
Present to witness the official launch of the book was the Kenya Literature Bureau(KLB) Managing Director Victor Lomaria.