Under a system of governance known as Gadaa, representatives from five royal lineages prepare for leadership on the Borana community in southern Ethiopia. Each cycle lasts for eight years. At the start of a new era eligible candidates are judged on physical fitness, wisdom and cultural knowledge. The election process which is done at night and in secret has given the Borana community a new leader. China Global Television Network (CGTN)’s Coletta Wanjohi shines a light on the newly elected leaders who seeks to defend the communities’ ancient tradition.