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Famous Kenyans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B
  • Daniel Adongo footballer
  • Mohamed Amin photographer, publisher
  • Moody Awori former vice-president
  • Matthew Birir Olympic medalist, steeplechase
  • Nicholas Biwott politician
C - F
  • Gurinder Chadha director, writer, producer
  • Joyce Chepchumba Olympic medalist, long distance runner
  • Richard Dawkins biologist
  • Paul Ereng Olympic medalist, runner
  • Elizabeth Furse politician
G - J
  • Edi Gathegi actor
  • Mugo Gatheru writer
  • Moraa Gitaa novelist, author
  • Elspeth Huxley writer, journalist, government advisor
  • Hussein Adan Isack naturalist
  • Queen Jane musician
  • Cyrus Jirongo politician
K
  • Wahu Kagwi musician
  • Josephat Karanja former vice-president
  • J.M. Kariuki politician
  • Martha Karua politician
  • Njenga Karume politician
  • Ezekiel Kemboi novelist
  • Buddy Kent producer
  • Jomo Kenyatta former president
  • Uhuru Kenyatta president
  • Emilio Mwai Kibaki former president
  • Peter Kigia musician
  • Kakai Kilonzo musician
  • Jimnah Kimani artist
  • Chris Kirubi entrepreneur, industrialist
  • Fundi Konde musician
L
  • Louis Leakey paleontologist
  • Richard Leakey paleontologist
  • Tegia Loroupe long distance runner
  • Njeri Luseno actress
M
  • Wangari Maathai environmentalist, political activist, Nobel laureate
  • Makadem musician
  • Bulinya Martins painter
  • Kenneth Matiba politician
  • Tom Mboya politician
  • Mekatilili Wa Menza "mother of colonial resistance"
  • John Michuki politician
  • Ngugi wa Mirii playwright
  • Misiani musician
  • Daniel arap Moi former president
  • Moipei musical quartet
  • Seth Mshindi painter
  • Patrick Muckabi artist
  • Musalia Mudavadi former vice-president
  • Micere Githae Mugo playwright, activist, author, instructor, poet
  • Gloria Muliro musician
  • Ben Mutua Jonathan Muriithi writer
  • Joseph Murumbi former vice-president
  • Kalonzo Musyoka former vice-president
  • Wahome Mutahi humorist
  • Henrie Mutuku singer
  • Meja Mwangi novelist
  • Gitura Mwaura writer
  • Kioko Mwitiki artist
N
  • Catherine Ndereba Olympic medalist, marathon runner
  • Alexander Nderitu novelist, scriptwriter
  • Charity Ngilu politician
  • Mukoma wa Ngugi poet, author
  • Wanjiru M. Njendu director
  • John Njue Roman Catholic cardinal
  • Nonini musician
  • Simeon Nyachae politician
  • Jeremiah J.M. Nyagah politician
  • Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha playwright

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