Words from a Maasai Chief
An Interview with Chief Nickson Parmisa

July 16, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Nickson Parmisa speaks with Joanna about the Maasai way of life; the Maasai origin story; the key role of livestock in Maasai life; empowerment for Maasai women today; the challenge of combining traditional life and innovation; leadership in Maasai culture; protectors of wildlife; Acacia Moyo, where tradition meets technology.

Chief Nickson Parmisa owns a small house and several acres of land in Kitengela, Kenya. Nickson was chosen as Chief at the age of 32 because of his qualities as a leader, not because of any inherited status, and he has shown himself more than capable of the task as he steers his community towards a more sustainable future. While fulfilling his duties as a traditional Chief, that position makes Nickson a government official and he spends time in his office in Athi River where he mediates conflicts such as land ownership and family issues. Nickson has an Undergraduate Degree in Criminology and Security Management from KAG East University.

Acacia Moyo

Photo: Daniel Quat Photography


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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