Kenya

Independence Day: December 12, 1963

Ethnic Groups:

Kikuya 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, Other African 15%, and Non African ( Asían, European, and Arab) 1%

Current Leader: Uhuru Kenyatta

Britain (United Kingdom) colonized Kenya and there independence was in 1907.

Before Kenya was colonized Cushitic speaking people settled in around 2000 B.C. Then in the 1st century A.D. Arab traders came. With Kenya being near the Arabian Peninsula, the Arab set up Arab and Persian colonies. Later, during the first millennium A.D. Banta and Nilotic people settled inland.

Things to visit

Bomas of Keyna: Bomas or homesteads are traditional specifications to the myriad Kenyan tribes which preserve the Kenyan culture by the architecture, crafts, dances, and music.


African Heritage House: The house overlooks the Nairobi National park. The house has unique architecture.


Both are located in Nairobi, which is Kenya's capital.



Current Update

Currently in Kenya there has been a lot of issues due to diversity in ethnic groups. Elections have had a lot of violence in the past but in 2013 when Uhuru Kenyatta won it was peaceful. In 2011 Kenya's military entered Somalia to fight Al-Shabab Islamist militants (terrorists), who are still fighting.

Other Facts:

* Two seasons, rainy and wet
* A lot of rich and poor people, very few in middle class
* 70% are Christians
* Currency is the shilling, one shilling equals 100 cents
* Wildlife includes lions, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and much more
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Famous People

Jomo Kenyatta was the leader of and Independence movement (KANU). He was the 1st president after Kenya's independence. Kenya did better economically under him and he got lots of foreign investments.

Professor Wangari Maathi was an environmental and women's right activist. She was the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize was for her contribution to sustainable development for democracy and peace. She was also the first East African women to receive a doctorate degree.