These children are the new king’s offspring – one will inherit his title. The coronation ceremony is shrouded in secrecy – anyone witnessing the transfer of power is said to spit blood, and then die.
The new king told the BBC that the Somali group was trying to steal his people’s land. “Of course if someone tries to snatch my things, I have to stop him,” he said.
The coronation after-party continues for days, with elders travelling from distant villages to pay their respects.
Guyyoo Gobbaa is a 36-year-old cattle farmer from a remote region of southern Ethiopia. He has also just been named king of one million people from the Borana group. (All pictures: Anita Powell)