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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.


  • 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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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.