The following explains why the Akamba were defeated by the British.
- Some of them were weakened by the 1899 famine.
- They lost their source of livelihood as their caravan trade and raiding activities were disrupted.
- Self-seeking opportunists emerge, who allied and enriched themselves with the colonial agents.
- Some Akamba were pacified by Missionaries as their religious beliefs and traditional practices were undermined.
- They lacked coordination in their resistance since they were a highly segmented society.