32 great things that give Kenya and Kenyans sense of pride.

  1. Location and Climatic seasons
Kenyan Map designed on a glass
  • Kenya in is an East African country measuring area of 580,367 km2 . The climate and seasons change depending on the months of the year: November to March/April Kenya experience

blowing dry air. April/May to October Kenya experience blowing of moist kusi monsoon.  Kenyans receive heavy/ long rains in April / May and early June. July is always too cold, whereas Mid December to March is a dry season, hot with no rains.

2. Beauty of Kenyan National Flag

Kenyan flag designed on a ceramic cup by a Kenya artist
  • Kenyan Flag is a tri-color of which Black symbolizes Black African people, White for Peace, Red color symbolize blood shed during struggle for Independence and green for the nature and beauty of her landscape. It has the Masaai shield and two spears for defense.

3. National Anthem

Click HERE to play Kenya national anthem in english

  • The Kenya national anthem is a patriotic music composed by a commission of five music composers; Professor Washington Omondi, Reverend Thomas Kalume, Graham Hyslop, Mr. Peter Kibkosya and George Senoga. It was first sung on 12th December 1963. It was initially African song heard in the Pokomo community of Kenya, a tune sang by mothers to their children.
  • 4. Marathon runners
  • 4. Marathon runners
Top world athlete runner Wilson Kipsang
  • Kenyan athletics prowess has broken more world records than in any other nation.  Kenyans from Rift valley have maintained the upper hand, making Kenya win over 60% of against other countries in the world especially for long distance races.

5. The National Park

Nairobi National Park
  • No capital city has a National park in the entire world except Nairobi. The park covers 117.2 km² with a large and diverse wildlife population including Lions, Giraffe, Waterbucks, Eastern black rhinos, baboons, Buffalos, Gazelle, Grant’s zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, Cheetah, Impala, Hippopotamus, African leopard, Eland, Ostrich, Vultures and many more.

6. Tribes

Luhyia tribe, in Western Kenya
  • Kenya is the only country in the world with many tribes. Here is a list of 44 tribes in Kenya; Maasai, Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya, Kisii, Kuria, Kamba, Kalenjin, Ameru, Embu,  Mijikenda, Orman, Rendile, Suba, Samburu, Swahili, Taita taveta, Turkana, Tharaka, Mbeere, Gabra, Borana, Njemps, IIchamus, Sakuye, Waat, Konso, Gosha, Isaak, Walwana, Dasenach, Galla, Galjeel, Leysan, Bulji, Teso, Makonde, Kenyan American, Kenyan European, Kenyan Asian, Kenyan Arabs, Nubi, Somali and the Makonde tribe And majority of these tribes have numerous sub-tribes. Each with a unique history, culture, and language.

7. Awards

Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar award
  • Think of Lupita Nyong’o, a daughter of professor Anyang Nyong’o. She is the first African to win an Oscar for the best supporting actress. She also led the actress in the new released movie Black Panther which broke the record at the US Box Office. Also Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace to secure the environment for the future generation.

8. Actors and Actresses of Kenyan Origin

Edi Gathegi: X Men first class actor

Edi Gathegi acted in X Men First Class, Lupita Nyong’o acted in the movies like the Queen of Katwe and Star Wars.

9. Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya
  • What a great pride to touch the top of the second highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the first and therefore the highest. Mt. Kenya has the highest peak measuring 5.2 km above sea level capped with snow white.

10. Migration of the great wildebeest

Kenya-Tanzania great wildebeest migration wonders
  • Among the Seven Wonders of the World, Kenya appears annually between July and October migration. During this season at Masaai Mara, more than 1 million wildebeest giraffes and Zebras migrate between Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

11. Landscape viewpoints

Free view point
  • At some points, you can stop to take a glance of the Kenya beautiful land scape, seas and rift valley sceneries, nature and environment.

12. Academicians

Books
  • If you haven’t read his books yet, get one and read to Salute this Kenyan own and worldwide-renowned professor Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, who writes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children’s literature.

13. Rugby Sevens

Kenya rugby sevens team

Kenya rugby players make Kenya proud for their tremendous overall performance in the international Vancouver series, only falling behind Fiji but managed to beat giants such as England, Spain, and Australia among others.

14. Political power

Uhuru and Raila handshake
  • Over the last fifteen years, the country’s political situation has been on close watch by millions from across the world with international interviews.  Imagine a country whose supreme courts nullifies presidential elections and calls for re-election. A country whose presidential candidate had a case at the International Criminal Court (ICC). A state where United nation calls for reconciliation and it works perfectly fine, political leader and the president organize for a handshake that works unite its citizens.

15. Kenyans on Social media

Social media
  • Kenyans aggressively use social media as a tool to address issues for example Kenyans On twitter (#KOT). Did American television channel (CNN) executive take a flight to Kenya just apologize for ‘hotbed of terror’ claim? Substantiate!

16. Innovators of technology and creativity

MPesa pay bill number
  • Kenyans are innovative and creative. They solve problems and create job opportunities among themselves and others.  Let us consider Mobile Money popularly known as M-PESA which was launched in the year 2007. You can now do mobile money through M-PESA which is already working for many countries across the world.

17. Matatu

Matatu business
  • These public service vehicles commonly called Matatu are the fastest and affordable means of transport in Kenya. They are operated by driver and touts and managed by SACCOs. Touts will always compete among themselves calling loudly on passengers to board their respective Matatu. Most Matatu have booming music and some also offer free Wi-Fi.

18. Mysterious Umbrella Hawkers

umbrellas
  • It is difficult to predict rainy weather in Nairobi. When weather switches and it starts raining, and by any chance you are in Nairobi central business district, don’t worry! In two minutes or so, there will be hawkers all around selling you umbrellas.

19. Natural forests

Kakamega forest
  • Today, natural forest covers approximately 1.2% of Kenyan land. You will discovers ciders, Meru oak, camphor, Mugumo trees in the naturals forest like Kakamega, Karura and Mau forest.

20. Magical curiosity

Nairobi Kenya
  • Sometimes you may think Kenyans are idle. It’s wrong because they are just curious. We practically tried this when walking from college. We stared at one of the tallest building in the city and pretended to point at it. Suddenly, people were already there helping us to look on an imagination. We walked and left the assembly.

21. Mama Oliech hotel

Mark Zuckerburg at Mama Oliech hotel
  • Facebook is a social media platform with a lot of followers across the world. It was founded in the year 2000 by Mark Zukerberg. Kenya becomes the only country in the world where the image of the Facebook founder is printed on the menu at the mama Oliech’s restaurant. This happened after surprise visit by Mark Zukerburg at the restaurant where he enjoyed fried tilapia fish with ugali. Many Kenyans flock in, want to sit just where he sat, eat what he ate, and almost use the cutlery he used.

22. Barack Hussein Obama roots in Kenya

Obama with his step grand mother in Kogelo
  • ‘I have a Dream’ was a public speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. in August 1963. Kenya as a country fulfilled the dream fifty years later. The green lake at the front of white house was fully packed celebrate Barack Hussein Obama when he became the president of the United States of America. Obama has his parental roots in Kenya, particularly in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza County.

23. Miguna Miguna

Miguna Miguna
  • “It was sad to that the cancer of betrayal was ferociously attacking our liberation movement before the ink I had used to sign the oath of office on ‘The Peoples president had dried’- Treason by Miguna Miguna. This is a Kenyan man with dual citizenship and one name that is repeats itself. He is a self-proclaimed general of NRM-K. He swore in the political leader as a people’s president Raila Odinga after general election.

24. Nyama Choma

Nyama choma
  • Nyama choma is Swahili word for “Barbeque” generally roasted meat. Many family gatherings, parties and meetings, consider nyama choma in the menu. The commonly roasted meat is beef, goat, chicken and pork. This delicacy is everywhere in every community right from rural to urban of Kenya.

25. The Big five wildlife

The BIG five
  • Kenya is a country with the big five game animals namely Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, Elephants and Buffalos. They are the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. 

26. Weekend parties

Weekend party in Nairobi with Kenyans
  • Bars and clubs are lively on weekend. According to the law, bars and clubs should operate from 5pm on week days and close at 11pm, while during weekends they should open at 2pm and close at 11pm.  Kenyans will go for cool parties, enjoy drinks, nyama choma, and dance music spinned by competitive DJs.

27. The sheng slang

Ghetto radio station
  • Is a language widely spoken among the youth. It is a forged language between English and Swahili that is dynamic in innovation and evolving day after day. Commonly used by local musicians and in fact Ghetto radio is a broadcasting radio station that operates in sheng including reading of news.

28. Tusker beer

Tusker beer since 1922
  • For many, Tusker beer has been in the market made of locally obtained ingredients. It common beer brand the for the pride of Kenya. It comes in range of Tusker malt. Tusker lite and Tusker cider. “Tusker, beer imara kama samba” translated as “Tusker, beer solid like a lion”

29. Beaches at the coastline

Diani beach in Mombasa
  • Diani beach is one of spectacular white sandy beach in Mombasa. You can discover other other beaches in other coastal towns like Malindi, Lamu and Watamu. Kenyan beaches are flocked by local and foreign tourists during holidays for swimming in the warm turquoise water. They are also good destination for retreat, institutions and families.

30. Population

Kenya National bubeau of stastics (KNBS) Census 2019
  • Population estimate was 50,950,879 as in the years 2018 with the fertility rate of 4.03. The census activity takes place after 10 years. The last census was in the year 2009 with the results of 38,610,097. The government of Kenya through Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will conduct the 2019 Kenya population in August 2019.

31. Kenyan ladies

  • You can meet Kenyan pretty ladies who will always rejoice themselves and indeed their circle of friends. One outstanding character with Kenyan ladies is that they will always seek empowerment and try very hard to be independent. They are hospitable and caring. When you get to their house, they ask you if you want a cup of tea , chai ya mgeni (translated as guests’ cup of tea) which is important. They serve it in the best thermos flask and in the best guests’ cups.

32. Bull fighting

  • Real life bull fighting happens in Western Kenya. Luhyia community of Kakamega count, of western Kenya region rank bull fighting as their top cultural activity. It has been a centre of tourist attraction. The county government of Kakamega has initiated a program through which tourist book bull fighting for designated hotels, visit bull the famous crying stone and visit the dog market in the same county.

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