Famous Kenyan - Kenyan Celebrities

The Republic of Kenya is a country known for its vast and diverse cultural legacies. Home to several ethnic groups, the culture of Kenya also reflects the influences of European societies as the nation was under British colonial rule for almost a century. Jomo Kenyatta, an intellectual and politician became the founding father of the Kenyan nation and served as the leader of the nation from its independence in 1963 to his death. Home to an estimated 47 different communities, Kenya has a diverse population that includes most major ethnoracial and linguistic groups found in Africa. Not surprisingly, Kenyan culture is a rich amalgamation of the behaviors, practices, and traditions of all its inhabitant communities. It has a diverse assortment of popular music forms and musicians such as Daudi Kabaka, Fadhili William and Sukuma Bin Ongaro have helped to popularize genres of local urban music. Kenya has a long oral and written literary tradition, primarily in English and Swahili, the two official languages of the country, and has produced famous writers such as Grace Ogot, Meja Mwangi, Margaret Ogola, and Binyavanga Wainaina. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Kenyans.

Find out more about the greatest Kenyans, including Jomo Kenyatta, Uhuru Kenyatta, Wangari Maathai, Raila Odinga and Louis Leakey.

The Most Famous Kenyan

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Wangari MaathaiApril 1, 1940KenyanWangari Maathai was an environmentalist who won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Award
William RutoDecember 21, 1966KenyanWilliam Ruto is a politician who hails from Kenya and is the first Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya
Jomo KenyattaOctober 20, 1891KenyanJomo Kenyatta was a Kenyan politician, who served as the Prime Minister and later the President of Kenya
Richard LeakeyDecember 19, 1944KenyanRichard Leakey is a famous paleoanthropologist and wild life conservationist, known for leading the expeditionsin Ethiopia's ‘Omo River’ district
Mwai KibakiNovember 15, 1931KenyanMwai Kibaki was the third President of Kenya
Louis LeakeyAugust 7, 1903Kenyan, BritishLouis Leakey was a Kenyan-British anthropologist who findings greatly altered conceptions about the origins and course of the evolution of human life
Raila OdingaJanuary 7, 1945KenyanA businessman turned politician, Raila Odinga is known for his pro-democracy efforts which resulted in modification of the Kenyan constitution
Uhuru KenyattaOctober 26, 1961KenyanUhuru Kenyatta is the fourth and current President of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta was a Kenyan politician, who served as the Prime Minister and later the President of Kenya

KenyanOctober 20, 1891234 views

William Ruto

William Ruto is a politician who hails from Kenya and is the first Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya

KenyanDecember 21, 1966268 views

Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta is the fourth and current President of Kenya

KenyanOctober 26, 1961137 views

Mwai Kibaki

Mwai Kibaki was the third President of Kenya

KenyanNovember 15, 1931200 views

Richard Leakey

Richard Leakey is a famous paleoanthropologist and wild life conservationist, known for leading the expeditionsin Ethiopia's ‘Omo River’ district

KenyanDecember 19, 1944215 views

Raila Odinga

A businessman turned politician, Raila Odinga is known for his pro-democracy efforts which resulted in modification of the Kenyan constitution

KenyanJanuary 7, 1945162 views

Louis Leakey

Louis Leakey was a Kenyan-British anthropologist who findings greatly altered conceptions about the origins and course of the evolution of human life

KenyanAugust 7, 1903170 views

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai was an environmentalist who won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Award

KenyanApril 1, 1940274 views