The Name Lokoya


The Lokoya were initially known as the Ohoryok. During the many inter-ethnic wars of the past, the Ohoryok repeatedly attacked the Bari and raided their livestock. The Bari bluntly accused the Ohoryok as being thieves and called them Kolak. They said that the Ohoryok Akokoya stole their cattle, goats and sheep.

The word Akokoya was later on distorted to Lokoya. The Lokoya therefore lost their original name, Ohoryok, and became known as the Lokoya. The new name became popular among the Ohoryok neighbors. Consequently, ethnic groups such as the Othuho , Acholi, Pâri (Lokoro) and Madi also took to calling them by the name, Lokoya.

The Lokoya origin


It is generally accepted by the Lokoya that they originated from East Africa. In the thirteen villages of their territory are found the clans of Ohoyo, Ohawore, Ohulla, Olodere, Olihino, Opeleri, Omoholon, Itanda, Thanufere, Isoru, Olala, Omurai, Omodoro, Lokokiri and Omoli. The foregoing clans constitute the Othuho  as the main ethnic group. The sub-ethnic groups of Lopit, Lango, Dongothono, Acholi and Bari are also represented. Clans from the neighbouring ethnic groups of Acholi, Bari,Pâri (Lokoro) and Madi include the Ohulanga, Onyathi, Ongarak, Ohinyau, Oti, Jago and Inn.

All these groups have blood relationship with the Othuho , the Bari and the Lulubo. When they moved into Liria they found the Ohalla (Omoholon and Adula), Ongole and Ohoyo clans living there. They inter-married with these clans. The Omoholon and Adula lived up the Opone Mountain while the Ongole and Ohoyo occupied the lower foot.With continued contact, inter-marriage and other forms of societal interaction, the various groups merged to form one ethno-linguistic group known as the Lokoya. Their language is also known as Lokoya.


 Lokoya population is about 200,000( Two Hundred thousand) most of them being young children.