Kenya

Did you know?

Kenya is home to world’s largest desert lake, 50+ national parks and reserves, world famous Masai Mara (only place to find BIG FIVE at once), fastest land animal, second highest mountain and everything nature. It has become one of top tourist destinations in recent times.

The Great Rift Valley, which was formed 20 millions year ago, is considered as one of the single most identifiable geographic landmark on the face of the planet.

More about Kenya:

ContinentAfrica
Area582,646 sq. km (48th in the world)
Capital CityNairobi
GovernmentParliamentary Democracy
Official LanguageSwahili and English
Father of NationJomo Kenyatta
CurrencyKenyan Shilling
National FlowerThe orchid
National AnimalLion
National BirdThe lilac-breasted roller
National DishUgali
National SportsFootball
Dominant ReligionChristianity
Population47.6 million (2023)
Per Capita Income1,756 USD (2022)

Short History:

In the heart of East Africa, Kenya’s history unfolds as a captivating narrative, echoing with the stories of diverse tribes, colonial resistance, and the quest for post-independence identity.

In the pre-colonial era, Kenya’s lands were home to vibrant communities, each weaving its unique cultural fabric. Along the Swahili coast, bustling towns engaged in trade with the distant shores of the Arab world and India, fostering a rich tapestry of commerce and cultural exchange.

The late 19th century witnessed the arrival of European powers, primarily the British, whose presence became more pronounced with the construction of the Uganda Railway. This marked the beginning of a complex chapter in Kenya’s history — one of colonial subjugation, economic exploitation, and cultural transformation.

Amidst this backdrop, the Mau Mau Uprising emerged in the mid-20th century as a poignant resistance to British rule. The struggle for independence reached its zenith, and Kenya finally gained its sovereignty in 1963. Jomo Kenyatta, a stalwart of the independence movement, became the nation’s first president, steering Kenya into a new era.

Post-independence, Kenya faced the challenges of nation-building. Economic growth was accompanied by political complexities, including a period of one-party rule. The winds of change blew in the 1990s with the introduction of a multi-party system, heralding a new chapter in Kenya’s political landscape.

However, the journey has not been without hurdles. Ethnic tensions, political corruption, and economic disparities have tested the resilience of the Kenyan spirit. Yet, against this backdrop, Kenya continues to evolve, embracing the aspirations of its people.

In recent years, the nation has been a crucible of transformation. Infrastructural development, technological innovation, and social initiatives paint a picture of a nation at the forefront of progress. As Kenya navigates the complexities of the 21st century, it remains a dynamic tapestry, woven with the threads of tradition, resilience, and the ever-changing aspirations of its people.