Iteso - History and Cultural Relations

Iteso traditions relate that they originated somewhere in what is now Sudan and moved south over a period of centuries. It is not possible to calculate the time of this movement. A body of Iteso is said to have separated from the Karamojong and moved further south. This may have been a very early separation because the clan names and ritual customs associated with the second of two distinctive groups of Karamojong and Jie people are not found among the Iteso. Unlike the other Teso-speaking ethnic groups, the Iteso have never been transhumant or nomadic; agriculture has played as significant a role in their social, economic, and expressive lives as cattle have among the other groups.

Iteso clan names reveal a history of long-standing ethnic interactions. Names of Bantu and Northern Nilotic origin are found among them. The Iteso were probably well established in their northern Uganda heartland by the mid-eighteenth century, when they began to move farther south. The history of the Iteso and neighboring peoples has not been extensively documented. Traditions recorded among the JoPadhola indicate there were two waves of Iteso migration. The first was family based and peaceful. It was followed by a more extensive and aggressive migration that left the Iteso in control of a large swath of territory that by 1850 extended as far as the western highlands of Kenya. European travelers record extensive fear of Iteso warriors; nonetheless, the Iteso soon suffered reverses that caused them to draw back to their current territory in Kenya. Since then, the Northern and Southern Iteso territories have been separated. Relations with other societies throughout the precolonial period were alternately peaceful and acrimonious. As a result of spatial intermixture and intermarriage, Iteso elements and customs can be found among neighboring peoples and vice versa. Intermarriage has always been extensive. It is likely that ethnic identity hardened during the colonial period, as it has since, when resources such as land were newly defined as belonging to "tribes."

The Iteso in Kenya and Uganda were conquered by African colonial agents of the British and indirectly ruled through them. Western Kenya was transferred from Uganda to Kenya in 1902. As a result, the economic and political histories of the Northern Iteso and the part of the Southern Iteso living in Kenya have taken vastly different courses. At independence, the Ugandan Iteso were far more wealthy than their Kenyan counterparts. This difference resulted from the status of Uganda as a protectorate reserved for "African development" and Western Kenya's status as a labor reserve for the European-owned farms in the "White Highlands." As a minority people in Kenya, the Iteso are not well known and have been viewed with some suspicion by surrounding peoples. On the other hand, the Kenyan Iteso have not suffered from the political destabilization in Uganda since 1970. Events in the colonial period and since have elaborated cultural differences among the Iteso that were regional in origin. The language of the Northern Iteso, for example, was extensively influenced by the Baganda people, who ruled the Iteso on behalf of the British colonial regime, whereas that of the Southern Iteso is in some ways closer to Turkana. As a result of living among Bantu- and Nilotic-speaking peoples, the Southern Iteso have probably been subject to a greater variety of cultural influences. The economic infrastructure is far more developed in Kenya than in Uganda, and cash income is also higher, reversing a pattern found in the 1960s. The Kenyan Iteso undertook considerable labor migration: most men between the ages of 60 and 80 have worked outside their home territory; many served in places such as Burma during World War II. In the early 1980s government-sponsored cooperatives that ran cotton ginneries in western Kenya failed to pay for cotton delivered by the Iteso and others. Consequently, they began experimenting with new cash crops, such as tobacco, grown with the aid of loans from large agricultural companies. In the early 1990s there was a partial revival of cotton growing, and the ginneries have been resuscitated.

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Oct 29, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Am an Itesot of the Kamarinyng Clan, I found my self in Buganda Uganda, where my parents went in early 1950s. They say they migrated from Amukura Kenya, where there parents who also migrated from Uganda to Kenya produced them.
Now, am trying to trace for the origin of the Kamarinyag Clan in Uganda.
Help me, and also I want to know more about my two names: OKWARA & IMARAKE.
I have just discovered that these names are common in Nigeria, Whats the relationship?
Also in relation to my Clan the Ikamarinyang, there is a tribe called the Ikarinyang in Kotido Uganda, What is the relationship.
In actual sence where do I belong?

Yalama noinoi ikanachana.
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Nov 1, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I am an Etesot living in Soroti, Eastern Uganda. I thought we originated from Ethiopia. Other readers' contributions are welcome. "EMURIA KOLIAI" EYALAMA NOI
aerege julius godfrey
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Feb 20, 2012 @ 2:02 am
I have read a avariety of articles and history publications that seem to trace our origin to ethiopia, and seem convinced by the fact that the morning star "Etop'ia" shows where we come from. I need more clarification on these issues.
Joseph Okurut
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Feb 23, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
I am Etesot from Bukedea. There is more compelling evidence that Iteso originated from Ethiopia. I was in Ethiopia not so long ago. Someone from Southern Ethiopia was called Omuut, a typical Iteso name. There is also similarity between lake Bisina (in Teso) and Abysinia (Ethiopia). I Have also been to Nigeria. Some Nigerian names are similar to those for Iteso. The way Igbo of Nigeria say come here is exactly the same as said in Ateso. There is definitely a connection.
nicholas onyait
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Mar 23, 2012 @ 6:06 am
well i am really glad to hear about the similarities that you have made on the origin of the Iteso. infact i too was tempted to ask this usaully i watch nigerian movies and i hear names like okere etc. there must be something we have in common. but besides, i have been carrying out an anthropological research about some cultural practices among the Iteso but it is quiet surprising that i could not get access to books about this or even elders who would tell me about this. could any of you be of help?
Amokode Ochudi
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May 17, 2012 @ 8:08 am
Iam Etesot from Kakemer,Teso District,Angurai Division,Chemasir Location,Kakemer sub location,okwai EMURIA KOLIAI,thanks for showing where we came from i thought we came from Ethopia,then Congo,then Uganda.Thanks alot kumbe we came from Sudan.Okwai Itesot kanyout kere.
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Aug 2, 2012 @ 5:05 am
I am ugo chukwu from igbo tribe in nigeria.i'm interested in this igbo-ateso relationship as stated are some igbo words to see if it's valid
water=miri/mili.pls compare n contrast
Ugo chukwu
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Aug 2, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Other basic words are:
okwara,okere are igbo words too.
charles ekapolon orupto
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Aug 13, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Am ekapolon orupto from kekalet kenya just at the boarder of kenya and uganda. Have done some research on iteso ppl and I think we came from ethiopia. Also contrary to what learnt in school tesos were not nomads but farmers growing mllet and emaido. With nigerians we are related somehow, the words r similar but the meaning differs. From the list of igbo bro one word came close, aka mean hand while in teso it is akan. Proud to be an Iteso.
Carol Amuge
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Aug 31, 2012 @ 6:06 am
I am from Bukedea, Eastern Uganda and it is interesting to hear the relationship between the Iteso and tribes from other nationalities. I have read that we originated from Ethiopia and so Sudan comes as a surprise. However I think Sudan must have been one of our resting places from Ethiopia to where we currently are. And now, my Nigerian brothers and sisters? I now know where to start when I visit Nigeria. Someone please post a list of the Teso clans. I come from the Idesok-Ilobai Clan. Still getting all the info concerning us (the clan).
Jonathan M.Egalal
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Nov 7, 2012 @ 11:11 am
Iteso speaking people are Luos,as History repeats itself,they both came from Ethiopia through Sudan and separated,When you read at the Story of the two legends ie the Gipiri and Labongo when they separated Labong took North Western Uganda and Gipiri took North Eastern Uganda so its through that movements that lead to multiples of tribes but still came together because of the similarities and Intermarriages.In Nigeria you find the similar names that Acholi,Langis,Iteso,Kokolemos,Alurus and Karamongs,the same in Kenya,you find that the Luos of Kenya and the Iteso of Kenya share the names and leave in the same neighborhood just like in Uganda,and you find that in Kenya these people include the Turukanas,Pokots,Kalenjinis,Masai,Samburus are called the Nilots and i was in Ethiopia i found that some people in Ethiopia call hair Atima amd we call it Itima,and counting what we call Itomon,they call Atomon just like the our brothers in Somalia,its surprising that History repeats itself
Osuko Peter
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Nov 18, 2012 @ 11:11 am
Iam osuko peter etesot from abal, anyara,kaberamaido. I have been trying to trace the origin of the iteso. The little i got is that, the origin is in ethiopia. However, i have seen similar names like mine in nigeria among the igbo tribe. Also 'Ugo Uchukwu' mentioned some common words in igbo like bia-'come' also in ateso bia-'come'. Aka-'hand' (ateso akan-'hand'). I therefore ask who ever has the real history of the iteso to put it into account. Then the igbo of nigeria too, to give the history of their origin perharps the iteso and the igbo have the common origin.
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Nov 22, 2012 @ 4:04 am
I am a Muganda but soon getting married to an Iteso. I am happy for all the information here but would like to know more about your norms and customs plus the names and meanings. Eyalama noinoi
emong ambrose
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Dec 6, 2012 @ 1:01 am
hello am from MALERA(BUKEDEA),the truth is that our probabilty of originating from ETHIOPIA is higher than that of sudan and nigeria,my father once went there,he told us he met an ethiopian group of people whose alphabet,algebra and tongue were close enough to that of the ugandan iteso such that one would at times manage to guess their topics of discussion,their was a big similarity(I THINK U SHOULD GET TIME AND GOOGLE NILOTICS OF ETHIOPIA)

as of NIGERIANS,i believe,without doubt,seriously have you guys looked at our brothers from west nile,their names(aluma,anguyo...) the way they speak(their is that nigerian tongue in there),their average height(they are big guys by the way) ,the way their women dress,seriously west nilers come from nigeria(
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Feb 2, 2013 @ 4:04 am
iteso origin and there culture. its better to know and trace the origin of specific tribe in uganda,this will help us know, people and there cultures
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Feb 27, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
In his book, A history of Southern Luo, Bethwell Ogot has a chapter on the Teso and their migration into the current land and how the Southern Luos essentially dispersed from there on their way from Sudan via Uganda
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May 10, 2013 @ 8:08 am
I am John Ilima from Magoro, Katakwi district. I have been searching for sources of the history of the Iteso, and I am glad to come across this page. What I am particularly interested in is exactly where in Ethiopia or Sudan we came from. I came across one account that says that there were two hamitic groups that left Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the early eighteenth century: one moved westwards through the sudan, while the other went south east through North-eastern uganda. May be this explains why we have two probable origins: Sudan and Ethiopia.

Please, let's keep up with the search. One day I was even shocked to hear someone claim that there are also Iteso in Venezuela. He even added that these Venezuelan Iteso have written books on Medicine, Sociology, and several other disciplines in Ateso language!
okwara pascal Imarak
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Jun 11, 2013 @ 6:06 am
Ikaanachana, am Okwara Pascal Imarak am Itesot now working in Somalia.I have got a chance to interruct with Nigerians, Ethiopians and Somalis.

One Nigerian told me that Okwara and Marachi are their farmily names.
In Somalia dialet, Itomon(ten) they say Itoban.

The three groups of people among other similarities have similar way of life, dancing with spears, love for animals etc.
Otai Abdul Opolot
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Jun 21, 2013 @ 8:08 am
I m Otai okoke Opolot from Kawo Kachumbala Bukedea district.
Right now I m a student in Kenya (Malindi) and I study with some of southern Ethiopian students but
whenever I speak to them some of their word are similar with us (iteso) .
so i real think and know that the origin of iteso is western and southern Ethiopia
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Jul 28, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
This is for all Iteso and Igbo tracing their lineage... I have been doing years of research on the Igbo in general and also studying the Iteso of Uganda almost a year now. You all are onto something BIG in your questions and research, According to tons of evidence in the Bible and various historical references; Iteso and Igbo make some of the scattered lost 12 tribes of Israel. The word "Igbo" comes from the hebrew word "Ibar" which means "HEBREW," Igbo check out Acts 13:1 in the bible.
As for you Iteso, you might want to check out Zephaniah 3:10 and Isaiah chapter 18 in the bible. Igbo and Iteso are brothers but not African... sorry I took so long. Also some very good History books to check out:
From Babylon to Timbuktu by Rudolf R. Windsor
Hebrewisms of West Africa by Joseph J. Williams
Martin Odi
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Aug 30, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
I am an Etesot from Ngora in South Teso. I am grateful for all these comments and also for the interest of Ugo Chukwu from Ibo tribe in Nigeria, some of the words you have quoted are close to us. hand-is akan, come is exactly as you say it -bia; another tribe in southeren sudan has many words similar to ours: emun-snake they say munu; akolong-sun, they say kolong, akinei-goat, they say kinei, idukuru-small hut, they say dukuru, ikong-white ants, they say konga,...

We might have some connections somewhere and this may be discovered in the future. But all in all a tribe who beleives and serves the Triune God will grow and be powerful.
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Aug 31, 2013 @ 5:05 am
This is very exciting. Ofcourse historically we all migrated from the north moving south wards. This justifies the Mesopotamian/ babylonian and egyptian civilisations. However i am keen to know who are the relatives of the iteso outside uganda and kenya. Where is our common ancestry. With nigeria, sudan, somalia and ethiopia being mentioned, it makes it more interesting. Thorough research needs to be done. What Odi has said about another tribe in southern sudan is true about the kakwa of west nile.
emusoit ali
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Sep 26, 2013 @ 7:07 am
THIS is an interesting relationship between the Igbo and the Iteso. Personally, am an Etesot from Ikaribwok-Ilalawos clan in Ngora Town Council in Ngora district. I strongly think the accent of Iteso and Nigerian tribes especially the Igbo correlate alot and thus this comparison comes not as a surprise. More research needs to be undertaken into the culture of Iteso in Uganda, Kenya and also the HISTORICALLY presumed cradle land in Ethiopia. "WE AS AFRICAN, NIGERIAN, KENYAN,SOUTH AFRICAN, SOMALIAN... ARE ONE PEOPLE WITH A COMMON ANCESTRY".
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Oct 12, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
I am an Etesot from Usuk, Katakwi resident in the Americas. Back in elementary and high school, I learnt from history class that Iteso originated from Ethiopia. Since then I have been interested in finding out if some relatives remained in Ethiopia. Preliminary research shows that they are there and some Iteso have met them back in Ethiopia. One former minister in Obote II government, Uganda was hosted by his Ethiopian counter part who took him to his home when he went to Ethiopia. The host asked his wife what food she had prepared. He used his local language so that his visitor would not understand what they were discussing. He asked his wife " inyobo nat kipoit ijo? Kacepak mam epejonon enyami" meaning, " what food have you prepared just in case the visitor doesn't eat it. The wife replied, " inyobait ecedia, akiring kakine epoit eong" meaning, "what else, I prepared goat meat." The host minister went back to his visitor to inquire if he eats goat meat but before he could ask, the visitor told him he eats goat meat as it is his cultural food, so they began speaking the language.
There are other Ethiopian names which are common in Teso for example "Akol, Malinga, Alemu, Enyakoit etc.
I had two incidences that amused me. I went for an international conference in Canada, during lunch time, as I joined a queue to get my plate, I saw a name tag of a gentleman that bore a name of an "Etesot" and confidently I greeted him in Ateso langage: " Ejakait, akiro biai?" meaning," How are you,sir?" To my surprise the man asked me what I was saying. I wondered if he had lived outside Teso for so long that he forgot his language or he had been given an Etesot name so I told him that I was greeting him in my vernacular from Teso in Uganda. He told me that he was an Igbo from Nigeria.
At my place of work I had one Sudanese who was expecting his relatives from the Middle East and had wanted me to get them some help once they arrived. As a friend of mine for 3 three years, I promised to help him very fast. Here comes the family of seven people, husband and wife and their five children plus my friend. They come to my office and the friend tells his people in their vernacular " Ekile ngol abala eong yes ebe epedori akingarakin yes logo" meaning " this is the gentleman I told you can help us." I was shocked because for the last three years I had treated this friend as a foreigner, we only used English, so I jumped up and exclaimed that I was their own man and we exchanged greetings and many other things.
In Kitale and Teso Kenya, I was surprised at the similarities between the Turkana and Iteso there with their counter parts in Uganda: language, houses/homesteads.
I had a conversation with one train driver; through introduction we learnt that we shared so many things in common. He is an Oromo from Ethiopia. He asked me about our ways of life and every thing I told him, he just threw his hands up saying, " that is exactly how we do it. For example on how we milk cows, what we use, how we treat milk or how to clean utensils before and after milking. He asked me how a calabashes are cleaned if they spoil milk. I grew up in Usuk and I told him that we get a certain weed from the bush and use it for washing/scrubbing, you should have seen the gentleman smiling. We concluded that we came from the same roots.
In the Book of Ruth in the Bible, you can see the similarity of the Jewish culture and that of Iteso: how orphans, widows and clan members are cared for; wife inheritance, keeping of customary land etc. In other books in the bible one can see too much similarity between Iteso and the Jews.

All in all, our origin is complex; I hope to go to Ethiopia via Karamoja/Turkana following a reverse root.
Richard Olinga Oriono
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Nov 16, 2013 @ 8:08 am
I'm from Serere district, Kateta sub county. I've loved reading all comments and i also knew from lower school that Iteso came from Ethiopia. John Ilima above has has given some good clues as to why there are connections to Sudan and Nigeria. What do the Emorimor's officials say to clear us on this?
Okwara Pascal
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Nov 17, 2013 @ 4:04 am
To a certain extent, I believe a relationship is there between us the Itesots and the Jews, In my family, we have Names like Adera, Odera.. And one day I found a name Adela in the Bible as a jewish Name.
okware oscar peterson
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Feb 9, 2014 @ 3:15 pm
am from tororo, as an iteso, can someone relate me for the books by oboth oboth in the 60s and that of prof. orgot about early settlement in tororo.and give for me an explanation why most places in tororo carry iteso names yet the badama claim to have arrived first and established in tororo.i will be very grateful for any assistance.
Martin Osang'iri Okiyo
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Apr 3, 2014 @ 7:07 am
I am Iteso from Kolanya location and sub-location, Angurai division, Teso North Constituency the present day Busia district in Kenya. I come from the 'Rarak' clan and my mother is 'Karuok'. I am proud to be Etesot and to realize that I am not the only one seeking information about our whereabouts. What I know is that Tesos are extremely intelligent and brilliant people like their brothers from Nigeria, the Igbo.
Charles Odongo
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Apr 4, 2014 @ 8:08 am
Am Charles Odongo,of Irarak Meroe clan. I am interested in learning more about the history of Iteso. Thank you.
Samson Esudu
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May 15, 2014 @ 8:08 am
I am Etesot frm Atiira, Kapelebyng, Amuria District. My clan is IMALERA. We as Iteso need unity for us t re-estate our culture.
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Jun 18, 2014 @ 7:07 am
I am Roselyn tata from Angurai sublocation in Teso District. I am glad i have bumped into this forum talking a bout my tribe. I am ararakit by clan. This is interesting, i want to learn and know more where we originated.
Ekojot Felix
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Jul 1, 2014 @ 1:13 pm
I am Felix Ekojot, from Tororo. I am of the Ikomolo clan, I find this forum so enlightening to me. I have been on Facebook for some time now but have always got friend request from people of Nigerian Nationality especially those whose names start with letter "E". I have some times rejected their friend requests but now i see the reason why they so much wanted to be my friend. We are from the same root!

Indeed we need more research on the history of the Itesots and their interlinkage with other tribes in Africa.
amazejee ebere
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Aug 19, 2014 @ 1:13 pm
am itesot from amakoro teso distict kenya,moding sublocation apokor village am very happy to learn more about my origin thanks to this page .what i really need to know if there is any conection btw igbo and iteso and the jews.
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Aug 20, 2014 @ 2:02 am
am a kikuyu but i think iteso people originated from Nigeria since there names are so close to the Nigerians
Edau Peter
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Aug 21, 2014 @ 11:11 am
Am more than proud to be an itesot from Amuria l stau mostly with Sudanees and we have words which are so similar like akine-kine, ilolo-ilolor, ingarak-ngarakina,akipi-pyong,atwanare-twan and so many l think we stayed there but our origin is Ethiopia. eyalama noi
aquila isere
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Sep 16, 2014 @ 3:03 am
Hi,so pleased and excited to bump into this forum! am Isere, from Kitale Kenya. When I was a kid,I used to call myself Asere.Later,I was told by my Iteso dad its Isere. Since then,have been wondering what it's meaning is. Somebody with any idea?Thanks.
hillary ekoropot
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Nov 26, 2014 @ 6:06 am
Hi,its great to meet my tribe discussing our origin please the words teach us a lot keep on am from Teso south,the word ekoropot means what in our language
Jerome Bamugaya
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Jan 19, 2015 @ 2:02 am
Request for help
I am doing an academic study on the history of Itesot, the people their culture and social economic dynamics. kindly share with any citable info on the address above
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Jan 25, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
I am Professor Ademun-Odeke from Tororo County, Tororo District but resident in the United Kingdom.Like all of you who have posted comments, the discovery of my roots and where we came from is the best thing since sliced bread.When I finish with International Maritime Law and Policy, I wish to devote the remaining part of my life to research and contributing to the nature and origin my ethnic group.It is humbling to know am part of the great people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. There are, unconfirmed, information that there are Iteso in Musoma, North-West Tanzania.
Please keep this dialogue up
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Feb 3, 2015 @ 5:05 am
I'm Thomas an itesot , from a clan of enyankoit Bukedea district Kamon village, i would wish this forum to include the division of Ateker group of Kenya ,Ethiopia,Sudan,and Uganda and what led to their division and how can we counteract the conflict between the Karamojong and the Turkana,Pokot
Okileng Samuel
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Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:12 pm
Iam From Kapelebyong,iam Just Too Hapi For Everybody, It Means That We Love Being Iteso N Other Ateso Words Are Pure Likes Of The Eastern Uganda Iteso Bt All The Ateso Is Da Same.Its Only Pronounciation That Is Different.Emuria Kolai Lets Speak It N Feel Proud Of Our Culture.May Da Lord Keep Us In Harmony
James Akol
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Jul 20, 2015 @ 9:09 am
I am proud to be an Etesot, am from soroti. One common thing I have learnt with our tribe is that we are foundof copying cultures. And that is why our tribe is disappearing. We are too scatered And when we go to other tribes, we tend to like other languages and drop ours LET US UNITE. Thank you
Patrick Opoi
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Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:11 am
I am e tesot from Amuria District which boders Abim in Karamoja or Morulem. I love my tribe and very proud a bout it,i hope all the Iteso in the world woold organise to have a day of culture remeberence. I will support Emorormor emuria Kolia slogan and encourage the them to learn the culture iteso anthem that says EMURIA KOLIA ETC . All pastors in Uganda who are iteso should come together in prayer so that we can fly back to our origin Home Abssinia for our original blessings.
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Sep 23, 2015 @ 8:08 am
Interesting, I am from South Sudan. Many neighboring tribes speak the same language as Itesu. Yet being a Murle of South Sudan, we share konga for white ants.
okwara michael
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Oct 7, 2015 @ 8:08 am
I am from Nigeria,Igbo tribe, i has notice that Igbo people of Nigeria, have a connection of the Iteso tribe, because i saw many Kenyan people with similar name with our names. just like my surname is okwara which mean the first son of the family.
Emily Onyas
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Oct 15, 2015 @ 5:05 am
Am from Bukedea,Uganda . It's awesome what you find when you truly search for it. Not sure how much you trust Wikipedia but I've just read that we originated from Egypt and descendants of Joseph and a black Egyptian he married. And as the Israelites left for the promised land, our descendants moved south wards along the Nile through Ethiopia,Sudan and settled in Uganda and Kenya.

Am amazedabout how similar our culture and language is to other tribes in other countries. Makes me proud to be who i am. Emuria Kolia.
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Nov 24, 2015 @ 8:08 am
I am proud to be an Itesot, we originate from Ethiopia, and we are related to the Jews.Teso traditions relate that they originated somewhere in what is now Egypt in the area of Alexandra. They are believed to have descended from the Hebrew Joseph who had married a black Egyptian. Later when the Israeli slaves left Egypt for the promised land, the group followed the blue Nile river into Ethiopia. It is from here that they obtained the name Iteso, meaning we have seen. They saw a land, part of the promise to Jacob, the grand son of Abraham, it is a land divided by small rivers originating from the White Nile, theirs was the Upper Nile area. From the Ethiopian mountains is where they saw the land. They later migrated south West over a period of centuries. They were part of a larger group of Nilo-Hamitic peoples who include; the Masai and Turkana of Kenya, the Nyangatom of present day Ethiopia, Karamojong, the Topotha of South Sudan, all are they Ateker. The Ateker further split into several groups, including Jie, Turkana, Karamojong and Teso.
Sworo Emma
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Jan 24, 2016 @ 9:09 am
I am one of the Bari speaking groups. We came a long way from an unknown group name. It is posible that we came from Egypt to the Omo valley of Ethiopia. It may be posible as well that, Ateker may be the first group from which all of us came from. The word Ateker can be found in Bari, Lotuho, Teso, Masai, Turkana, Nyangatom and Toposa with variations in pronunciation but related meaning (tribe, clan or relative). Atekerin = clan in Teso.Tukaran = clan in Bari. The word Ateker may originally mean The first (the origin, the source ) from the Ancient Bari word Ker = one. Kerju = to narrate. The Bari was the first to move from the grom from the Omo valley and settled Atebaryo (now, Atbara river, N. Sudan ). Atebaryo moved to Bor and to their current place. The other group is the Atebasa (Toposa ) from which the Karimojong, Ateso, Masai (ma tongue), Igbosa (igbo tongue). When we studied thd word for ten, all the Ateker word for ten is someth like tomon except ibo and Bari. That means, the Ibo when earlier before the group created a word for ten which is shared by other groups like the Surma.
grace amidiong
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Apr 5, 2016 @ 11:11 am
This is very interesting and exciting. I am an Atesot from Malera Bukedea Anyakoit clan . A while ago somebody called me a black Jew which I thought was a bit farfetched now I understand why. It was meant to be an insult by the way. None the less I am proud to be Atesot and I have enjoyed the above stories.
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Apr 16, 2016 @ 10:22 pm
I am proud to be Itesot and actually thank full to be one among them, born and raised from Soroti Serer-Kidetok, we also originated from Sudan via Karamoja. I am a Canadian, living in Alberta Canada. Kemu ngo atap na agwei kede amoeteka nu akinei. I am interested in meeting families that speak Iteso language, within North America.
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Jul 7, 2016 @ 3:03 am
Am from Amukura, Teso south sub-county, Busia county in Kenya. I read another article and its written dat we originated from Egypt now am confused...Akiyalama noi
Amerit Catherine
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Sep 12, 2016 @ 8:08 am
Hi, Am Catherine Amerit in itesot from Ngora Uganda. I recently got surprised when interacting with pokot farmers whom demanded to know where i come from and my clan. i realized a number of clans quite resembling do exist here with just addition of some words which made some members claim to be my relatives. my clan is iikengo atekok and some members were from chepkatekok, and there were a lot more quite the same?
Ichode Amelia Atim
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Oct 7, 2016 @ 5:05 am
Greetings to you all!
I am an American married to an Itesot from Apopong, Kolir, Bukedea. Since Feb 2015 I have been searching far and wide for history of the Iteso. Im so happy to have found this wonderful conversation.
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Nov 4, 2016 @ 1:01 am
I am convinced that we came from Ethiopia because there are remnants in Ethiopia in the Abyssinian plains who speak Ateso. Some went to Sudan
Michael Okwalinga
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Jun 3, 2017 @ 5:05 am
I am very happy to have accidentally run into this discussion. It is quite possible that both theories of origin (Sudan and Ethiopia) have some basis of truth in them. My own research convinces me that the Iteso are a nation rather than a tribe, and that the Iteso Culture and people resulted from a fusion of various peoples over centuries. Some of these peoples may have had their origins in Sudan, some in Ethiopia, others in Egypt or even farther afield. May I request that we do not refer to ourselves as Itesot or Itesots; these are demeaning words usually used to refer to small children. The correct terms are: Atesot (female), Etesot (male), Iteso (plural), Teso (the land of Iteso), Ateso (the language of Iteso).
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Aug 24, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Eyalama Inacan/Anacan. I come from Orungo next to Amuria in Uganda. That is part of Teso in Uganda. In my professional life I have been to Ethiopia ( where Iteso called 'Inyamatom' or 'Nyagatom' live; been to South Sudan, where Iteso called 'Toposa' live, and ofcourse been to Uganda and Kenya where Iteso still keep the name of Iteso. Historians write that we came from Abysinia ( Ethiopia), moving soutwards through Sudan, northern Uganda and northern Kenya, down towards lake victoria. As we moved south, some settled down, while others moved on. Consistent with all migrations. Considering that 'Lucy' the oldest human ancestor was found in Ethiopia, all humans originate from there.

As for Igbos in Nigeria, whenever I go to Nigeria for professional work, they think I am Nigerian because my name is 'Osika', while in Nigeria they have the name 'Osita'. So, there is something big to dig up there that is not documented yet. As for Somalia, historians write that some people who may have been ours, moved there from Abysinia but were outnumbered and assimilated. As you know it is easy to move from Ethiopia to Somalia as they have a border to this day.
Omenda Esiu
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Dec 1, 2017 @ 6:06 am
I am Emmanuel Omenda Esiu from Kajoro in Amukura, Kenya. I have a special interest in the Iteso culture. When you go deep into our origin it is clear that we originated from Egypt, somewhere in Alexandria. History tells us that we are of the lineage of Joseph, a Hebrew who had married an Egyptian African. Iteso then moved southwards through the blue nile to Ethiopia. Modern history therefore attributes our origin to Ethiopia which to my opinion is not wrong. The Iteso just like all other Nilotic tribes continued moving southwards through Sudan, Uganda and some to present day Kenya.

I also found an interesting piece of information that one of the 700 wifes of King Solomon was actually one of our beautiful Teso girls, though I cannot fully validate this assertion. I urge all of us to ardently love the Iteso culture as it is the richest culture ever.
Omongot Alex (Ateso version-Omongot Asederi)
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Dec 11, 2017 @ 5:05 am
I am an Etesot from Kumi district . Just to take you through my origin, i am a son to Alex Olupot who is one of the sons to Yokosapati Okel, who worked as a parish Chief, born in 1904 and died in 1969 and also happens to be a son to Isaaka Oumo Who was one of the greate Teso traditional leaders but died in 1916 and was a son to Sodo who died in mid 1860's.
The name Kumi According to papa who is now 82 years of age and Papa Oitamong David Livingstone aged 117 years and still strong to walk and is married to my aunt esther Naume Alenyo, say there was a tree called EKUM in ateso near where Kumi Health Center IV now is. This tree was where Oumo Used take rest from whenever he would come from his orther in Tisai Island to his main home in Kabata Village which was about One square Kilometer. He Had over 80 women and 10,000 heads of Cows. The indians and the Nubeans who came to do business could not call this tree Ekum instead they called it Kumi and that is how the name kumi came from Now Known as Kumi District.
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Mar 8, 2018 @ 3:03 am
hi members, am Beatrice from the kalenjin community. I am proud to hear about the history of the teso people. am soon getting married to a teso and would like to know more about the rituals and customs of the community.thanks.
Mugeya cosmas
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Mar 20, 2018 @ 9:09 am
Hi all am Enyogoyi and no little about my itesot Culture, what is my name meaning?Does any one know about Mugeya as an itesot name and background?
thnaks a lot
Emiriat Sharon Robert
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Mar 27, 2018 @ 4:04 am
IAM very proud to be the son of itesot woman currently living in the city of Kampala
Esule Phillip
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Mar 27, 2018 @ 9:09 am
I am from Kaberamaido. I am proud to be Etesot. Thank you for the history
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Mar 27, 2018 @ 3:15 pm
Interesting and all it takes is interest and an open mind. KOLIR, BUKEDEA- UGANDA.
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Mar 30, 2018 @ 3:03 am
KENNY MUNJARU im proud to be iteso of gomolo clan originated from uganda now living in mang'ana webuye bungoma
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May 20, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
I'm An Itesot From Soroti Based In Arapai Sub-County, my father told me that we, the iteso migrated from ethiopia and i believe so.
Robert Ochokolo (Ococcollo)
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Jun 1, 2018 @ 11:11 am
First of all let me start by thanking you all for taking time to shade light on our origin. I am an Etesot of Ikatekok clan Luk'Oprong from Amukura Kenya. I have always wondered where exactly we the Iteso people originated from but the lack of written history about our origin has always complicated the matter for me. However as recently as 2013 just when smart phones and the Internet of thing started to take our society by storm did i start reading some form of conversation on our origin from as far as Alexandria Egypt through Abyssinia to the present day Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya. It's therefore interesting to note that we might be closely related to the Israelites even as our neighbours refer to us derogatovely as man Abakedea.
Moses Egunyu
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Jun 23, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
The Iteso are a great people. We have a very rich culture that we must at once protect and defend. Intermarriages and Education are watering down crucial parts of our heritage. There is need for Iteso Cultural Union to be vibrant and connected to its people. Children in urban centers are not learning the language and hardly go back to the villages to connect with tradition. I call on all of us to endeavor to take our little ones back home and encourage the learning and speaking of Ateso at home. Emuria Kolia!
Orono Erick Inagai
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Jul 26, 2018 @ 4:16 pm
Hi brothers. Am glad to be part of the Ateso Nation. Currently am working in S Sudan and I found similarities in most of the bari speakers and other tribes, like lotuko. A big percentage of wording and culture we share. An extensive dig in is needed, we're heading to a great discovery. am Orono Erick(kareu) from kitale Kenya.Eyalama noi!
Okiror Dan
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Aug 10, 2018 @ 6:06 am
This is one of the most interesting threads I have followed over a period of 6 years,I first came here in 2015 and its really good to see how people are interested in Tracing their history.I believe with the internet,we can document our origin as the gallant children of Teso.I am so proud to be one and I am working to make sure that the Iteso legacy remains.EMURIA KOLIAI
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Aug 12, 2018 @ 12:12 pm
Am Itesot from Uganda, Soroti. I wana know more about our origin...
About the igbo(Nigeria), I saw alot of names matching my brothers names! Names like ojie, Oluka, olupot etc.
Ochan Michael
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Sep 8, 2018 @ 10:10 am
Friends, I think the origin is as far as Egypt in an area called Alexandria. there are some Words among the tribes in Alexandria that exactly Ateso words. How did the words get to Egypt? My thinking is that there is a possibility they followed the Nile and split around the blue Nile with some group going to Nigeria, Djibuti (there is also some words among a particular tribe here), then to Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya) and actually Tanzania. I met with a friend from Tanzania and when it was raining he said etepetepit???

Sometimes I ask myself, that could Iteso be the alleged descendants of the Biblical Joseph who was said to have had a black woman as one of his wives?
I wish someone could tell me why Ateso words exist in all the countries I have mentioned above, then we could possibly trace our true origin
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Nov 2, 2018 @ 10:10 am
Iam Remegius bernard orupto from ADANYA location ANGURAI division North Teso,originated from Egypt the place called Alexanderia,when delivered from slavery my Bibical Moses,they follow the Nile untill they arrivied the BLUE NILE in Ethiopia where they stood on top of the mountain and they so the promised land to their Great Grand father Abraham,Form that the said Ite so,which means we have seen the promised land to their Grand father Jacob.That how the name Iteso came to be.Also the words spoke by Samson when he was thirsty confirms the Iteso word as HAKKORE,meaning thirsty its there to this present time AT THE PLACE CALLED Leli, You will find in the book of Judges 15:18-19 .Iteso remove the bones of thier died from the graves when the move eslewhere,joseph instructed when God delives the from salavery his bones should not be left there,which is only practice to date my Iteso people.This was confirm by the Lord himself when he appeared to me in the vision/dream.
Okurut Stephen
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Nov 3, 2018 @ 4:16 pm
Its great to read about what Iteso have written about their origin which is believed to in the Ethiopian highlands,but its also important to note that Iteso people moved to different countries and love adventuring a lot that must have led to what we see in other countries not necessarily the origin.
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Nov 18, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
Am an Itesot from Kenya western part of the country currently residing in Mumias-Kakamega county. I am proud to be an Itesot. For me I see there is much to be done for real history of Iteso because there is no much which proves that Iteso originated from those sides of ''Etop'ia'' to Sudan and finally their present homeland Teso subregion that is Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya-''Bushia''. No bias history has ever won favour. Personally here, I see the Iteso are scattered all over the world but elite from the region need to make history in that would put Teso in the map of Eastern Africa or beyond borders. Taking an example like Nigeria, South Sudan and Tanzania there could be traces of inhabitance in these where history seem to have lost its repeat. Learned colleagues and/or comrades pull up yourselves for the of the sake of future generation to come for we live for a day. Much has been said but you see how conflicting it is, not only this, look at the history of Langi,Kumam and Alur with the historical mother tongue of Ateso dialect. I tell you historian these people belong to one Ateker sub-groups due to assimilation, the truth there is need find fresh history to suit and definitely clear the misunderstanding and confusion. Oral/written history has to be re-filtered to check errors and omissions in our past historical data,to plough back the genuine picture for the Teso, Langi, Kumam,Alur and others. Indeed I yearn and also beseech come on the ground find information that can lead to the bold writing of our beloved people's history. Aluta continua.
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Nov 21, 2018 @ 3:03 am an itesot from Tororo..although when i mention it at times,people are like surprised knowing some of us are from around there,But have realized Kenyan itesots
have slimier pronunciations of words like itesots of tororo rather not so alike like the itesots from the other parts of uganda
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Dec 18, 2018 @ 10:22 pm
I am Laura from soroti coming from the ingerei clan. I remember in primary school we learnt that iteso originated from Ethiopia and moved southwards to Sudan and then into northern Uganda thru to the east where some of the died in north east now called karamoja due to the hard conditions that forced then to continue east wards. Some of them then settled in katakwi, soroti, kumi, palisa, and tororo. Because of luck of enough land and water for their cattle, they continued to busia and the last group settled in Kenya.
In Abyssinia in Ethiopia, l met people speaking ateso that sounds more of karamojong. I an sure iteso originated from Ethiopia.
Itadal Margaret
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Dec 26, 2018 @ 4:04 am
I am An Itesot from Pallisa, Uganda, I believe Iteso came from Ethiopia may be some group went to southern Sudan but we did not originate from Southern Sudan.
My brother went to Ethiopia last Month for a work shop and he confirmed to me that there are some Iteso living in Abyssinia in Ethiopia.
One of the priests Fr.Wasiwasi went to Ethiopia and he found one shop named Etunganan- meaning a human being in Ateso.
I am also very interested in knowing our Origin. I have Ateso Dictionary written by the late Fr.Kigen in 1953 before some of us were born and it says that Iteso originated from Ethiopia. They did not mention South Sudan.
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Jan 4, 2019 @ 5:05 am
I am Elolu of amuria from imukoi clan in Uganda, I find this forum so accurate and fascinating, I submit to us that, we iteso people did really come from Egypt then to Etopia and subsquenlty settled in those other parts mentioned above, however i would like to submit to us that our historical artifacts could have been stolen by the so called israeli jews and plagiarized and made it there own as our itesa culture and practices have similarity in the bible text would like to submit to us that we should research more on our ancestry, I watched a very interested video on youtube of a brain surgery taking place in teso to remove a brain tumor its took place in the remote part of teso long ago and the surgion was even taking breaks and drinking local beer called ajon it shoes that our heritage knew medicine too and it was practiced by our ancestors long before Europe again plagiarized medicine and made it to appear to be theirs, let us keep searching we shall discover every hidden thing about us as a people.
omusugu emoit
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Jan 9, 2019 @ 2:02 am
Am greatfull to learn about my ancestry today.Guys thanks slot for your greatfull contributions.from the various research its evident that teso tribe is large contrary to how they are viewed in Kenya.Its my appeal to ateker leaders from all over the world to merge together unite the ateker and help the future generation to trace their origin and appreciate their culture. Thank you very much(omusugu emoit,Kenya,teso,malaba)
Mele Eroo Joseph
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Feb 1, 2019 @ 8:08 am
I'm Eroo Mele. I'm elated to read about the origin of the Teso or Ng'iteso people. I come from the Turkana people of the mosoroko clan. That the Iteso people were once in the same group with the Karamojong, Jie, Dodoth, Turkana, Toposa and Nyang'atom is an indisputable fact. It is clear
that the Iteso people must have certainly separated from the mainstream Ateker group very early and as result interacted with the economically agrarian communities, largely bantus and some nilotes hence abandoned pastoralism, the Ateker economic main stay. That their dialect didn't become extinct as the Kumam people is a miracle of the century. They are however of the Ateker people and need more integration back to their roots.
Brian Adungosi
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Feb 7, 2019 @ 3:15 pm
Brian Adungosi
I'm an Etesot from Chakol, Busia Kenya. Thanks 4 your contributions. The Iteso originated from "Libna" meaning germinating in the present day Libya & Egypt. They moved south to Sudan & Ethiopia and some interacted with central Atlantic languages of Chad, Nigeria(Igbo) Congo, Cameroon. Tesos were aggressive & conquerors by nature. They even believed in the Charles Darwin theory of creation before the advent of the white man in Africa, that humans evolved like a tadipol (elelemete). They have a strong view about culture , economics, leadership & law based on their experiences under different dynasties from Lybia - Ethiopia - (West & Central
Africa) - Sudan - Kenya - Tanzania
Omaset Francis
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Feb 18, 2019 @ 5:05 am
Am an itesot from tororo and am confused of our origin. What is our relationship with the japs coz we are in the same area
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Mar 15, 2019 @ 4:04 am
I am from South Sudan, Murle tribe. I have now married an Atesot lady from Bukedia. I also discoverd that we have many words exactly the same, such as mamai=maternal uncle and many other words.
Roelyn Aumont
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Apr 3, 2019 @ 2:02 am
I am to be here with my people.. am from Angurai Location in Amagoro.. just nice to relate and know more about our origin
Oscar Ekirapa
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Apr 12, 2019 @ 7:19 pm
I am Oscar Ekirapa an Etesot from Chakol in Kenya. I appreciate you guys for shedding light on the history of our culture and roots. I strongly believe that ours is a great Nation and more needs to be done in terms of research and documentation of our roots not just for us but also our future generations. Eyalama noi.
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May 2, 2019 @ 7:07 am
I am Ole Etesot from Rwatama Kenya. I appreciate you guys for shedding light on our Iteso history of orig.Brothers and sisters,we have to expound it seriously and also the connection of the IGBO people of Nigeria .Emuria Koliai.
ohisa moses
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May 3, 2019 @ 8:08 am
I am Ohisa Moses from Lotuko people of Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan. My community regularly from childhood recognizes Iteso, Langi and other Nilo - Hamites communities as far as Masaai in the south. Unfortunately, the Iteso do not recognize the Lotuko, Bari in their history. May be they are ignorant about these larger groups with 80% similarities especially in the languages spoken. I have been to Iteso and witnessed for my self a more much difference in their traditional dances to Lotuko people BUT able to understand many words spoken in Ateso language.

Iteso are educated tribe but forgot to dig deeper into their origin and relations to other tribes in other countries who share with them same origin and similar languages to date.
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Jun 4, 2019 @ 6:06 am
Hi my people am humble to be one of you(so proud being teso from kolait sub location), it's a humble request, why don't we arrange for TESO nights most of the time so that we can't disappear/forget our culture. thank you all.
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Jul 29, 2019 @ 10:10 am
I am an etesot from Eastern Uganda. First of all we migrated from all the three now countries, Egypt , Sudan and Ethiopia at different points in history. Can any body tell me what collective name we had for the (Turkana, Iteso, Karamojong, Nyangatom, Toposa, Lotuko etc). We are usually referred to as Nilohamites (descendants of Ham the son of Noah.
Peter Emau
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Aug 31, 2019 @ 5:17 pm
Am Peter Emau from Amuria Orungo-Morungatuny Personally I agree with those falling on the side of our origin being from Ethiopia. One day I was reading an article assocaiting us to the linage of Jacob ( Israel) through his son Joseph from the black Egyptian woman and what I did was to rush and check if our name Iteso is associated to Hebrew language on approving that it really confirmed to me that we are in the covenant of Abraham, and friends some of you who are outside the land may not understand this but reading the Bible how the Children of Israel we punished for any sin is what is happening to us now, we being lead by those who hate us, the land is not productive as it used be, the rain is not puring in its due season as it was so poverty is sweping us now greatly the good news is that we are in the covenant if we repent and turn away from the wicked way our God is faithful.
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Oct 5, 2019 @ 9:09 am
I'm Moses Julians Otwane, Etesot from Akibui - Amagoro Kenya, first of all thank all people for your great concern about our origninalty. this will give us confidence while talking to the young ones and also through tracing our roots will find that we are all connected.. I look foward to have many forums and conferences that will cultivate our language and thus will restore and revive our cultures practices, royality,etc.
Joel Obore
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Oct 13, 2019 @ 9:09 am
Am an Itesot from kumi district.It's my appreciation to the tracing technicians who have highlited the origin of our humanistic tribe(ITESO). Am generously proud of the tribe in regards to the hospitality. I pray humility and unity to be our mentors. "Emuria koliai''
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Oct 31, 2019 @ 4:04 am
I am an itesot from Tororo ,am very delighted to be in such a constructive plat form that has built up my minds on a trace of the history of the itesots. To me the origin seem to be confusing but i believe the core of displacement has given us more history about the settlement of the itesots, meaning itesots to be identified in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia(origin) Sudan among other areas yet be discovered is a compilling history of the itesots thanks a lot , lets continue with a plat form discussion
Cathy L
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Oct 31, 2019 @ 8:08 am
This is quite interesting and great. Was researching the lost tribes of Israel and in particular the Langi, as it is stated, according to oral history from Langi elders, that they migrated from the Israel region, down through Ethiopia and into today's Uganda. I then discovered that actually the Langi were part of the Ateker group, in which the Iteso, Kumam, Turkana, Jie, etc are believed to belong too. And when you read some Bible books that were removed from the original Bible, i.e. the book of Baruch, the Israelites back then, said they would move southwards, past the Euphrates river and Red sea, to a land they could settle. And I believe this is the partern that the Ateker group took. Some other tribes are believed to have moved to West Africa i.e. Burkina Furso, Mali, Gambia and I believe Nigeria too. I watched a documentary on Youtube on West African tribes and was shocked that their culture is like copy and paste! History also confirms that tribes moved from east Africa to West Africa. So that makes sense for the similarities with the Igbos!
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Dec 31, 2019 @ 4:04 am
FYI, the Fulani say "Jarama" for thank you. And Itesos say "Yalama". Apparently there are Fulanis also in Sudan. They must be connected to the Itesos somehow.
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Jan 13, 2020 @ 3:03 am
I am a proud itesot living in Gulu but from pallisa
Oscar Ogala
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Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:12 pm
Thanks to the researchers, I think it's high time we solicited for funds so that a verifying study can be conducted to establish relationships between iteso, Igbo, oromo etc
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Jan 29, 2020 @ 2:02 am
Am an iteso from pallisa conducting a research on the origin of iteso ,but i believe that scholar who are hinting on Ethiopia as our cradle land have a bigger percentage and are about to ascertain that we are close to jesus's lineage thank you Emuria koliai
Philip Omurocho
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Mar 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am
I am an Etesot from Aukot, Chelelemuk sub-location,Angurai location, Angurai Division, Teso North constituency Busia county
Ronald Moses
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Apr 7, 2020 @ 3:03 am
I am an Etesot from Butebo part of Former Pallisa district in Uganda.Know this and know it very well.The Iteso have a Jewish bloodline. We are not originally from Ethiopia.We are originally from Egypt.We are Defendants of Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt.He had a black wife and that is the line of our ancestry.When Moses took the Israelites out of Egypt on their way to the promised land,for some reason we did not follow because we thought they were going a wrong way.Perhaps we believed that the river Nile that brought us our leader sent by God was actually the route to the promised land.We followed the Nile from Egypt southwards and that is why at a certain point it led us to Ethiopia where we stayed for some time.This is the reason many think we are originally from Ethiopia but no.We are originally from Egypt and our forefather is well known.We then continued following the Nile into Uganda and that is why our Tribe is scattered in Sudan as well.When we settled in the North East of Uganda,we rebelled against our parents for having led us the wrong way.Where they were tired to continue the journey,we insisted that we had to proceed.You can look at the divergence of the Nile position in Uganda and where we ended up in North Eastern Uganda.Our parents who stayed behind were weary, old and tired hence they became the Ikarimojong.Meaning "the old who stayed" we continued our journey until we found some fertile great plains which we call Teso now and thus we became the Iteso.Iteso meaning "we have seen". Ask yourself what we had seen?We had seen the promised land that we were looking for.Please folks get your History right.We are not originally from Ethiopia.It was just a stopping point.Reason why were are scattered as well all over the continent,it is a similar trait we share with our brothers and sisters the Jews.I think we just like wandering the earth.
Etop J. Ekokot
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Apr 22, 2020 @ 2:14 pm
Am Etop J. Ekokot from Teso- Katakwi district,
I have read another story tracing our origin to Egypt. That Joseph the Israelite slave in Egypt married a black Egyptian, and when the Israeli slaves left Egypt for the promised land, the group continued the through the blue Nile and settled in Ethiopia, then they moved South Easterly direction, till they settled in Uganda- Karamoja and so on. Does it mean this theory tracing our origin to Ethiopia picks it halfway or???
Odeke Michael
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May 13, 2020 @ 1:01 am
Amalan ateker, Emiria koliai. I am glad to have bumped into the conversations about our origin and legendary as Iteso. It is very interesting and well meaning. There is a book being authored by Ekapolon Source Opak attempting to discuss the name "ELOHIM" as the true name Iteso know God for. This has striking similarities to the Elohim of the Jews or Hebrews. I grew up thoruhg knowing that Iteso have no "h" in their alphabet. Source Opak traces the name though to Mt. Loima in Turkana. Well knowing that Iteso gods took abode in mountains and forests, there is a connection between "LOIMA' as the dwelling place of god. This is common to all African tribes. It is no wonder that way back in 1912 when the missionaries commissioned the NGORA CMS cathedral, they scribbled the name "ELOHIM in the foundation stone of the church. I have heard General Elwelu attempting to connect our origin to the Jews/Hebrews. It is a plausible connection which I think calls for scholarly debate. I suppose JOSEPH's name has come to mention by our brothers earlier. I want too suggest that Iteso Cultural Union should take this discussion with keen interest and perhaps put more energy into studying and documenting our heritage in such a deliberate and scholarly manner. The union can devote its energies to this kind of work and leave other things to government..The views discused above can already form part of the material for scrutiny. Emuria koliai
Joseph B Omonuk
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Jun 7, 2020 @ 8:20 pm
I am an Etesot from Bukedea, Eastern Uganda. I hope someone is sieving through facts presented and compiling the most common positions. Evidence linking Iteso to Egypt and present day Israel is anectodal. There's irrefutable evidence that Ateker group ( Iteso, Langi, Kumam, Karimojong, Turkana etc) originated from Abyssinia (Ethiopia). A closely related group, the Masai and Kalenjin didn't migrate with Ateker. They took a different route. It seems to me that there were some differences among sub groups making up Ateker as evidenced by differences in peoples' and clan names between Iteso and Karimojong/Turkana. This is akin to clear differences among the sub groups making up Luhya of Kenya. In this piece, I would like to mention the Langi people of Uganda who occupy Lango and the power of women to shape destiny. The Langi were no doubt part of the Ateker group. As Iteso settled in the present day Teso, Uganda, the Langi pushed northwards. They displaced Acholi from the fertile soils around lake Kyoga. Although they were warriors, they lost their language because they married many Acholi women who taught their children Luo. Very few Ateker words were retained in leb Lango. Although the Langi lost their Ateker language, they retained peoples and clan names that are similar to those of Iteso. Another case in point is some former Iteso of Pallisa who lost their names and language to Bagwere. The former Okalebo is now Kalebo etc. That happened because some Iteso who were poor could not afford dowry to marry expensive Ateso girls leaving them with the only option to marry Bagwere girls whose parents didn't require a lot in terms of dowry. The quickest way for an ethnic group to disappear is marrying other tribes. It is not wrong to marry other ethnic groups or tribes but the majority should marry within the tribe. Don't underestimate the power of women in influencing many things in society. Let's not just review the history but sustain Iteso tribe. Emuria Koliai.
mathew papa
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Jun 8, 2020 @ 3:15 pm
Iam an Etosot from Katanyu -Amukura Kenya- my appreciation to the researchers for the good work you are doing to trace our origin .this is very important for us as atribe.
Eyalama noinoi
Patrick Opoi From Amuria-Kuju.
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Jul 10, 2020 @ 7:07 am
This is very great to listen to many Iteso from all over the world. Emuria Koilia I read some information that we came from all far beyond Ethiopia in a place called Abisinia. We need a lot of more information about our origin and this be done by the heads of the clan. Thus Emorimor our Iteso King. This should be the time for us to have our own Library based in the Kingdom and on websites as for those who open the we subscribe and that money builds the Bulange of Teso (Otielo oibuga Iteso Orelapolon).
Eyalama noi.
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Aug 1, 2020 @ 9:09 am
Am a researcher, give me information on how Iteso started a chiefdom.

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