The Fighting Bulls Of Western Kenya

By Frank Mutulu Published: February 22, 2017, 8:01 am
Fighting Bulls of Western KenyaBullfighting is a traditional sport in Western Kenya. Photo: Nation Media Group

Fighting Bulls of Western Kenya

Bullfighting is popular sport in Spain, Mexico, Columbia and Kenya. Wait, what? Kenya? In Kenya’s Kakamega County, the sport takes a whole different dimension. Instead of a matador entering the arena to battle a bull, bulls fight each other. Before the fight, the bulls are fed busaa – a local homemade beer – believed to make them feistier. Chanting traditional war songs and poking the air with twigs, the audience watches as a choice bull from one village locks horns with one from another. Despite opposition by animal rights activists, visitors are curious to witness local customs, and there’s growing interest to make bullfighting a tourist attraction.

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