Kickin' it Kenya

"Together We Thrive"

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Kenyan Food

Ugali (Cornmeal Staple), Githeri (Beans and Corn), Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice), Wali wa Nazi (Coconut Rice), Kenyan Stew, Nyama Choma (Roasted Meat); Pride of Kenya, Matoke (Plantain Banana Stew), Kenyan Bajias, Masala Chips (French Fries Masala), Mandazi (Kenyan Doughnut).
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Culture of Kenya

Kenyan citizens speak 3 different languages; Bantu (which is spoken by around 65%), Nilo-Saharan group of languages (spoken amongst another third of the population), Cushitic language (spoken in the north by around 3% of the population). Native African culture has been modified in many parts of Kenya by foreign influences. For example, Kenya’s music is often a variety of muliple different cultures. However, in inaccesible North Kenya, communities preserved their traditional culture and ways of living.

Religion

These are the statistics showing the different religious practices performed in Kenya:

Christian-Protestant 45% (This includes the Anglican Church of Kenya)
Roman Catholic 33%
Islam 10%
Indigenous Religions 10%
Other 2%

Economy/Country GDP/Government

The Kenyan currency is Kenyan shilling with a GDP of 1,245.51 U.S. dollars. The government system, similar to the U.S., is a presidential system rather than a parliamentary system. The current President being Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya has had 4 presidents before.

Attractions

Maasai Mara National Reserve: From July to October, wildebeest, zebra, and thomson's gazelle migrate to and from Serengeti, making the area famous.


Lamu is a small island with roots from the 12th century and is "Kenya's oldest continually inhabited settlement". Arabian, European, and Indian style buildings cover the land and citizens dressed in traditional attire roam the streets. Lamu is a place full of history and doesn't have normal technology, so it is a peaceful and beautiful island.


Nairobi is Kenya's capital city and was once British East Africa's capital as well. There are many amazing attractions, such as the Nairobi National Museum and things concerning wildlife. There are many places you can see nature at hand, and you can also see historical monuments in Kenya's largest city.

History

Kenya's 10th general election took place on December 27, 2007, causing a huge dispute and putting the country into disorder for 7 weeks. Several world leaders had to resolve the conlicts between President Mwai Kibaki and his rival, Raila Odinaga in order to regain the citizens' normalcy. The signing of the National Accord and Reconciliation Agreement acted as a peace treaty and opened the positions of Prime Minister and 2 Deputy Premiers, and it also formed a Grand Coalition. The creation of the Grand Coalition caused the formation of the National Accord Implementation Committee and the Grand Coalition Government. Following the formation of the 2 organizations, 3 important groups were established; the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, the Commission of Enquiry on Post Election Violence, and Independent Review Committee. These bodies bring peace to Kenya and its people, so that citizens don't resort to violence in like situations.

Why Should You Go?

Kenya is a beautiful place of nature and history, where wildlife thrives and some cities can be a blast in the past. The economy is growing and the people are peacekeepers that love to dance, and the food is delicious. Kenya is full of attractions that catch your attention, and the beaches have clean water. Overall, Kenya is an amazing country and you'll be missing out if you don't visit it.
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Political Map

This political map of Kenya shows cities and regions in Kenya.
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Physical Map

This map shows the physical features of Kenya

By: Emilie Bui, Sydney Bowers, and Jonathan Vo