Our Team and the Community
Am a highly experienced tour operator, in touch with indigenous communities and ecosystems around Eastern and Central Africa. I am extremely passionate about environmental conservation.
My company, Oluokos Signature, provides the essential linkage between supply and demand by liaising with several eco-conscious organizations to design responsible tour packages that integrate environmental, cultural, and social considerations. My personal mantra is ‘Travel opens your heart, opens your mind, and fills your life with stories to tell”
Christine Awuor Oluoko
“I am a strong advocate for sustainable destinations in East and Central Africa. My experience is mainly built on working with indigenous communities and ecosystems within the region. I am passionate about conservation and possess an unparalleled enthusiasm for travel with purpose. My personal mantra is ‘Collect moments, not things”
The Teso Community
From Sudan to Kenya
The Teso in Kenya, numbering about 578,000, live mainly in Busia county. Originally, the Kenyan Teso people are an extension of their Ugandan counterparts in that they were merely separated by the partition of East Africa during the historic scramble of Africa just like the Luo of Kenya and Tanzania, Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, and the Oromo of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Teso is among the Plain Nilotic groups that are related to the Turkana, Karamojong, Toposa, Kumam, Lango, and the Maa groups of the Masai and Samburu.
Interestingly enough, Teso people are the only Plains Nilotic people whose lifestyles underwent drastic changes from their older days of migration. Originally, pastoralists since time immemorial, Teso people are now the most successful farmers in both Western Kenya and Eastern Uganda. In recent years, people have changed much of their lifestyles.
This may have been a very early migration 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 Teso. Unlike the other Teso-speaking ethnic groups, the Iteso have never been nomadic; agriculture has played a significant role in their social, economic, and expressive lives as cattle have among the other groups.