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Marama, as we know it today, was populated by clans that came from different directions. Following the collapse of the Chwezi Empire in Uganda, Wamoyi migrated to Tiriki with his three sons, Wanga, Khabiakala, and Eshifumbi according to Prof. Gideon Were (1967).  While Wanga migrated to Imanga following family feuds, Eshifumbi moved further north to Emahondo where he became the ancestor of Abamuyira and Abamakoya.  Angulu, Wanga’s nephew, emigrated to Butere where his descendants founded the following clans: Abakhuli, Abashiambitsi, Abakhongo and Abaseta.

There are two versions about Aberecheya, whose most famous son is Martin Shikuku (1933–2012), the maverick politician otherwise known as the “people’s watchman” in tribute to his rhapsodized stand against corruption and bad governance.  Using records from Regeya Progressive Society, Prof. Gideon Were says that Sechere, son of Sumba came from the Bagweru of Uganda and first settled at Jinja where he begot a son called Musoga who became the ancestor of Abasoga.  When he migrated from Busoga he settled at Busia where he sired Samia who became the ancestor of Abasamia.  Then he moved on once more to Ebusinga near Mundika where he begat Musonga, the ancestor of the Abasonga.

However, an independent study sponsored by Shabanji Opukah traces their ancestry to Sumba as their earliest known ancestor.  He had three sons—Soga the forefather of the Abasoga of Jinja, Uganda and Sechere and Mugweru (founder of Bagweru tribe in Mbale, Uganda).  Sechere moved to settle at Odiado hills in Samia where he sired Regeya (founder of Aberecheya) who, in turn, begat Abuti who settled in Marama.  In Samia, Sechere’s family neighbored Amukhula (founder of Abamukhula).  Other oral traditions indicate that Abasoga originally came from Bunyoro Kingdom in western Uganda, and because they arrived at their present locality after swimming (khusoga) across River Nile, local people said betsa ni basoga (they came while swimming) and this became the genesis of Abasoga tribe from which many clans in Luyia land are either descendant or related.

For more information, read Luyia Nation: Origins, Clans and Taboos by Shadrack Amakoye Bulimo (2013)