• The word Kenya originates from the Kikuyu, Embu and Kamba names for Mt. Kenya,“Kirinyaga“, “Kirinyaa” and “Kiinyaa“. Kenya lies on the earth’s equator, making it have relatively equal hours between day and night. This also means that it has two seasons; the rainy and dry seasons.
  • Professor Wangari Maathai, an environmental and political activist, was the first Kenyan and African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize for her contribution to  “sustainable development, democracy and peace.” In 1977 she founded The Greenbelt Movement, which has planted over 51 million trees in Kenya since.

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  • There are over 70 distinct ethnic groups in Kenya, which communicate in more than 60 languages. Most Kenyans are bilingual in English and Swahili, and a large percentage speak their mother-tongue.

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  • The Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.The famous paleoanthropologist and anthropologist Louis Leakey, together with his wife, discovered the fossilized remains of a unique early human that dated back 2.8 and 1.5 million years ago. Other bones discovered in the Turkana basin date back to the lower paleolithic period, making it the ‘original birthplace of humans’.      Southern_Rift_Valley_in_Kenya      download (5)
  • Coffee is Kenya’s biggest income generator. However, coffee itself is an export product, Kenyans prefer tea. And no it’s not “chai tea”, it’s simply “chai”.

 

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