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Kenya's Information

Flag of Kenya
Land Area 569,140 km2
Water Area 11,227 km2
Total Area 580,367 km2
Population 46,790,758
Population Density 80.62 / km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $153.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $3,400
Currency Shilling (KES)
Largest Cities
  • Nairobi (2,750,547)
  • Mombasa (799,668)
  • Nakuru (259,903)
  • Eldoret (218,446)
  • Kisumu (216,479)
  • Thika (200,000)
  • Malindi (118,265)
  • Kitale (75,123)
  • Garissa (67,861)
  • Kakamega (63,426)
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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    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.

    O

    • Isabella Ochichi Olympic medalist, runner
    • Thomas R. Odhiambo entomologist
    • Raila Odinga former prime minister
    • Cristina Odone broadcaster, journalist
    • Bethwell Allan Ogot historian
    • Grace Ogot novelist
    • Appolo Ohanga politician
    • Christopher Odhiambo Okinda actor, film director, author
    • Paul Onsongo actor
    • James Orengo lawyer, politician
    • Robert Ouko politician
    • Suzzana Owiyo musician
    M - N
    • Abbassi Madani founder, leader of Front Islamic of Salvation (FIS party)
    • Taoufik Makhloufi Olympic medalist, runner
    • Redha Malek former prime minister
    • Cheb Mami singer, songwriter
    • Mouloud Mammeri writer, poet, anthropologist, linguist
    • Souad Massi singer, songwriter, musician
    • Lounes Matoub poet, singer, musician
    • Lounis Ait Menguellet singer, poet, musician
    • Kad Merad actor, screenwriter, director, producer
    • Nouria Merah-Benida Olympic medalist, runner
    • Rachid Mimouni author, poet
    • Ahmed Khelifati Mohamed aka Cheb Mami singer, songwriter
    • Noureddine Morceli Olympic medalist, runner
    • Mustapha Moussa Olympic medalist, boxer
    • Mahfoud Nahnah founder, leader of the HMS party
    • Samira Negrouche writer, poet, essayist
    P - R
    • Raju Patel producer, director
    • Pio Gama Pinto journalist, politician, freedom fighter
    • Deeo Roy actor, stuntman
    • Mike Rua musician
    • Charles Rubia politician
    • David Rudisha Olympic medalist, middle distance runner
    • William Ruto politician
    S - T
    • George Saitoti former vice-president
    • Manoj Sood actor
    • Fadia Stella actress
    • William Tanui Olympic medalist, runner
    • Paul Tergat Olympic medalist, long-distance runner
    • Ngugi wa Thiong'o author
    • Steve Tikdo cricketer
    V - W
    • Zain Verjee journalist
    • Sane Wadu artist
    • Binyavanga Wainaina author, journalist
    • Eric Wainaina musician
    • Michael Walker writer
    • Michael Kijana Wamalwa former vice-president
    • Koigi wa Wamwere politician, activist, journalist, writer
    • Robert Wangila Olympic medalist, boxer
    • Chris Lukorito Wanjala critic, short story writer
    • Sammy Wanjiru Olympic medalist, marathoner
    • Miriam Were public health advocate, academic, novelist
    • Michael Werikhe conservationist
    • Roger Whittaker singer, songwriter, musician
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