On Dec. 11, Kent Place School welcomed two Maasai warriors from Kenya to campus. Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana are authors of the autobiography, The Last Maasai Warriors, and representatives of the non-profit global education organization, Free the Children. They spoke with Middle and Upper School students about the Maasai culture, education, adaptation and leadership.
Wilson Meikuaya was born in Maji Moto in the Narok South District of Kenya. He made the leap from a traditional Maasai upbringing into contemporary life by combining his love for the outdoors and his passion for education through studying wildlife and botany in university. Wilson has worked with Me to We and Free The Children since 2007. He lives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Jackson Ntirkana was born in the Narok South District of Kenya into a family of nine sisters and twelve brothers. A passionate naturalist, Jackson emerged from his warrior upbringing into the modern world, studying botany and guiding in university. In addition to working with Me to We and Free The Children in Kenya, Jackson is a very proud farmer. He lives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Wilson and Jackson brought traditional gifts with them, Maasai shukas, which were given to students. They presented the shukas in honor of the local and global work that Kent Place students do and referred to them as “warriors in training.”