Olenana's Land

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A hundred years ago, the Anglo-Maasai treaties gave British colonialists rights to use land traditionally occupied by the Maasai in Kenya.

Lawyers for the Maasai are now arguing that colonialists made use of their illiteracy to con them out of their land and that this land should revert to them following the expiry of agreements signed between their tribal chief Olenana, and the colonial government in 1904 and 1911.

They are planning to take their case to court to claim the return of the lands and compensation from the British government.

In this programme Ayisha Yahya follows Olenana's heirs' efforts to reclaim their traditional lands and tries to unravel the complex legal and historical arguments surrounding land rights in Kenya, and so many other African countries, today.