They also traded in medicinal products known as 'Miti' (literally: plants), made from various parts of the numerous medicinal plants found on the Southeast African plains.
Maingi Ndonye Mbithi, commonly referred by his peers and locals as Kanyi, from Kimutwa village in Machakos was best known for his concoction of herbs mixed with locally fermented brew (kaluvu) with the ability to heal cancerous boils (Mi'imu). Their artistic inclination is evidenced in the sculpture work that is on display in many craft shops and galleries in the major cities and towns of Kenya.
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The exact place that the Kamba's ancestors migrated from after the initial Bantu expansion from Central Africa is uncertain.
The first group settled in present-day Mbooni Hills in the Machakos District of Kenya in the second half of the 17th century before spreading to the greater Machakos, Makueni and Kitui Districts.
The Akamba share borders with the Maasai people are literally separated by the Kenya-Uganda railway from Athi to Kibwezi.
Up until late 20th Century the Maasai and the Akamba communities were involved in persistent cattle-rustling and pasture conflicts especially on the pasture-rich Konza plains.
There is also a group of Kamba people in the South American country of Paraguay.
They are closely related in language and culture to the Kikuyu, Embu, Mbeere and Meru, and are concentrated in the lowlands of Southeast Kenya from he vicinity of Mount Kenya to the Coast.
Like many Bantus the Akamba were originally hunters and gatherers, became long distance traders because of their knowledge of the expansive area they inhabited and good relations with neighbouring communities as well as excellent communication skills, later adopted subsitence farming and pastoralism due to the availability of the new land that they came to occupy.
Today, the Akamba are often found engaged in different professions: some are agriculturalists, others are traders, while others have taken up formal jobs.
During the colonial era, British colonial officials considered the Kamba to be the premier martial race and sharp-shooters of Africa.