An Tanzanian Tribe
The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic warrior tribe inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak Maa. They are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania.
The Maasai's autosomal DNA has been examined in a comprehensive study by Tishkoff on the genetic affiliations of various populations in Africa. According to the study's authors, the Maasai "have maintained their culture in the face of extensive genetic introgression".
A Y-chromosome study tested various Sub-Saharan populations, including 26 Maasai males from Kenya, for paternal lineages.
According to an mtDNA study which tested Maasai individuals in Kenya, the maternal lineages found among the Maasai are quite diverse, but similar in overall frequency to that observed in other Nilo-Hamitic populations from the region.
Notable Maasai people
Edward Lowassa - Prime minister of Tanzania, from 2005 to 2008
Joseph Ole Lenku - Cabinet Secretary of Kenya for Interior and Coordination of National Government from 23 May 2012.
David Rudisha – Middle-distance runner, and 800-meter world record holder.
Edward Sokoine – former Prime Minister of Tanzania from 13 February 1977 to 7 November 1980 and again from 24 February 1983 to 12 April 1984.
Olekina Ledama - Founder; Maasai Education Discovery.
James Ole Kiyiapi- Previously served as an associate professor at Moi University and permanent secretary in the Ministries of Education and Local Government.
William Ole Ntimama - Politician.
Onesmo Ole-MoiYoi - a 2003 winner of the Kilby International Award, is the Chairman of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI).