one of six villages of Ilkiding’a ward in Arusha district
council of Arumeru district in Arusha region. Ilkiding’a is
a Maasai word which means congested. (It can be a group of people
houses, cars or trees).
It was initiated two hundred years ago by our elders, because of
moving from one place to another and living communal life. Ilkiding’a
area was a forest and full of wild animals so the Maasai leader
those days called masarie advised his people to live together for
the aim of protecting themselves from wild animals.
This act of living together resulted to other Maasai
people calling this group “Iltung’ana looiding’a”
which means over crowded/congested. Finally it was common for the
area to be called Ilkiding’a.
Ilkiding’a is a village only 7 kms north of Arusha
town. With its neighborhood Ilboru, it has played a role in the
history of Arusha. Chiefdom ship was strong before colonization.
The Lutheran missionaries from Germany and Sabaya, chief of the
Wa-arusha, agreed in 1904 to build the first church and school in
From that time on co-operation between the church
and the chiefs was settled. Youngsters were invited to study at
the boarding school. In 1907 the first young men were baptized.
Esizo bene Kokan became Simeon, Lenjivai Kivuyo became Johannes…..
in those days girls were assigned a man to marry, if they refused
they were beaten. They run away from home and the missionaries received
them in their schools for further studies and new way of life. In
1910 girls started to be baptized.
Communication between chiefs and the British ruler
took place by letters. But in those days very few people attended
schools. The baptized youngsters became secretaries to the chiefs.
And letter on Simeon Kokan was chosen by the Wa-arusha to become
Under his leadership churches, schools roads and
the Court House were built. The main road leading to the Arusha
International Conference Centre (AICC) was named his name for memorial
before been changed by East African leaders and calls it the East
The last chief Stefania had to retire when the newly independent
government, abolished chiefdom, with the Uhuru (freedom) declaration.