The Luo Care for Widows (Lako) and Contemporary Challenges

  • O Nyarwath University of Nairobi


This paper examines the Luo custom of caring for a ‘widow’ and for the home of a deceased husband, its rationale and some of its contemporary challenges. The paper maintains that this custom is still the best alternative available to the Luo widow and for the care of the home of one’s deceased brother, especially in the context of Luo culture. However, it recommends a number of adjustments to the practice to discourage some of the abuses that are becoming prevalent in it, with a view to making it more amenable to some of the challenges of our time.


Key Words

Levirate, Wife Inheritance, Luo, Lwo, Kenya



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eISSN: 2076-7714
print ISSN: 0251-043X