Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, winner of the Grand Warrior Award, was born in 1963 as a member of an Ariaal clan, a people's group of Maa, in the north of Kenya. He grew up in a nomad village and went to school as the only child of his family. In 1989 he went to the USA with a scholarship and a flight ticket, for which his village sold several cattle. There he studied economic and educational policy in Harvard and was a history teacher at the Langley School near Washington D.C. Consistantly Lekuton spent time in his Kenyan homeland to promote development aid projects with NGOs.

In his highly-observed debut "Facing the Lion: Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna" (2003), he portrays the archaic and ritualized world of the Masai warriors and bovine herders. Lekuton's autobiographical narrative is non-fiction and novelat the same time, his language vivid, clear and warm. Offensively he reports from the first meeting with a lion, the social rules in the village, the event of circumcision, the confrontation with modern technology and the cultural shock in the USA.

Since 2006, Lekuton has been a deputy in the Kenyan Parliament. As a politician his commitment is to improve rural infrastructure, preserve sustainable forms of life and further democratize his homeland. He lives in Nairobi.