Rusinga Island is famous: It produced one vibrant trade unionist in the name of Tom Mboya who became Kenya’s first Planning Minister, credited with airlifting a batch of Africans to get university education in the United States.

Now the island is seeking another reason to be known: wrestling. Since Saturday, the annual Rusinga Cultural Festival has seen muscle men compete for bragging rights and fame for their villages.

Matches begin with a referee signalling the topless  men, many who are veteran fishermen, to begin.

It is not a violent fight. This purely for entertainment and the wrestlers earn points by repeatedly pinning down their opponents. If your favourite wrestler pins the opponent more times, he wins and you get to brag about the whole day. If he gets pinned down, he loses and the opponents ridicule him until he gets a rematch. Continue Reading

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