A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Akie, Akiek, Kinare, Ogiek, “Ndorobo” (pej.)

79,000 (2009 census). Total users in all countries: 79,250.


Nakuru county: east Mau escarpment; Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, and West Pokot counties. Mau forest between Amala and Ewas Ng’iro rivers near Nosogami stream (Sogoo dialect).

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Okiek, Suiei, Sogoo (Sokoo). A member of macrolanguage Kalenjin [kln].

Language Use

Some languages associated with Okiek have few remaining speakers. Akiek in northern Tanzania now speak Maasai [mas]. Those of Kinare in Kenya now speak Gikuyu [kik]. Those in Tanzania and Kenya are not in contact with each other. Sogoo dialect may be extinct. Home, social gatherings. Also use English [eng], Kipsigis [sgc], Swahili [swh].


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

“Ndorobo” is a pejorative term for several hunter or forest groups that are not linguistically related (El Molo, Yaaku, Okiek, Omotik, Aasáx). Christian.

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