Photo showing Rusinga, Mbita, Mfangano and Takawiri islands.
Source: Gilbert Busolo, 2016
Suba (Abasuba) means “a people who are always wandering”. They originally migrated from Central Africa into Uganda and settled on the two islands of Rusinga and Mfangano in Lake Victoria. Other migrants settled on the mainland locations of Gwasi and Uregi Hills. Abasuba are believed to be the last people to settle in Kenya between 1500 to 1800 years. They speak Olusuba, Ekisuba and Dholuo. Olusuba dialect is spoken by the inhabitants of Mfangano Island,whereas Ekisuba is spoken by those in Gwasi and Rusinga.
Most of the Abasuba cultural practices have been adopted from the Luo. However, they remain distinct in their practice of male circumcision and arrangement of the homestead. This exhibition traces the history of the Abasuba community to present day.