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