We have noted down some of the most interesting facts about, Kenya. Kenya is a country located in East Africa with its capital city being Nairobi. Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city followed by Mombasa city. The country gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.Its bordering countries Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
Kenya boasts a coastline of 536 kilometers where some of coastal towns have beautiful and extraordinary beaches like Diani Beach, Watamu and Malindi. The country has a population of about 43.5 million spread throughout its 47 counties each headed by an elected governor. Officially known as The Republic of Kenya is headed by a president.
Also Read: Read About The 47 Counties of Kenya
The people of Kenya mainly speak two official languages which are Kiswahili and English. There are also other languages spoken in various parts of the country.
Kenya is the 47th largest country in the world covering an area of 580,367 square Kilometers. Kenya’s currency is the Kenyan Shilling. The to main industries in Kenya are Tourism and Agriculture. Kenyans grow coffee for export which is also the country’s main export. Kenya is a major tourism destination and this is its second largest industry. Mombasa City which is located along the coast is an old town developed by the Portuguese in the 19th Century and is home to Fort Jesus which is an old Portuguese Sanctuary built for protection when they were under siege.
Kenya has 70 different tribes which speak 30 different languages. Kenya’s largest tribe or ethnic group is the Kikuyu tribe and the smallest one being the El Molo tribe around Lake Turkana, the Northern part of Kenya. The earliest origins of Man which can be traced back to 4 million years ago were found in these Northern parts of Kenya. The tribes are further subdivided into three major distinct groups. The Bantu who arrived in the region 500 BC travelling all the way from West Africa. The second group was the Nilotic who arrived 1000 BC from the then Sudan and finally the Cushites arrived in 2000BC from Somalia.
Kenyan’s main Dishes are Ugali,
Sukumawiki , Nyamachoma and Kachumbari
Ugali is a maize cake eaten with vegetables and meat dishes.
This is a special stew made from green leafy vegetables called Kales.The interesting name “Sukumawiki” which means to “Stretch the week”.
This is usually roasted goat meet or beef that is cooked over an open fire in open spaces and is usually best served with Ugali.
Kachumbari is nothing but chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions, pepper and lemon juice.
Here is a breakdown of some extraordinary facts about Kenya.
The Queen of England Became Queen while in Kenya
In 1952 when the queen of England, then princess had gone to Kenya for a holiday with her husband the then Prince Phillip. It is during this holiday that Queen Elizabeth II got the bad news that her father King George VI had died in his sleep. She immediately became the Queen.
Home of the worlds second largest freshwater lake
Lek Victoria which Kenya shares with Uganda and Tanzania is the second largest fresh water lake in the world after Lake Superior. It is also home of the second highest Mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya which is 5188 M.
Home of World’s Best Long-Distance Athletes
Kenya is the home of some of the best long-distance runners in the world like Paul Tergat, John Ngugi and Eliud Kipchoge.Eliud Kipchoge is the current world record holder.
Home of the First African Woman To Receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize was Wangari Muta Maathai. She was a Kenyan political and environmental activist. She died of cancer in 2011.
Home of The Big Five
Kenya is also the natural home of the big five animals which are namely Buffalos, Leopards, Lions, Rhinos and Elephant. This has consequently made Kenya a major tourist destination in Africa.