Famous Kenyan Women

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Lupita Nyong'o
(Named One of Africa’s “50 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes in 2020)
Lupita Nyong'o
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Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

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Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')
Wangari Maathai
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Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

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Beryl Markham
(Renowned aviator and author who was the first woman to fly an east-to-west solo route across the Atlantic Ocean)
Beryl Markham
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Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 3, 1986
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Joy Adamson
(Naturalist and Author of the Book 'Born Free', Which Documents Her Experience In Raising a Lion Club)
Joy Adamson
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Birthdate: January 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opava, Czechia
Died: January 3, 1980

Best known for her iconic book Born Free, which describes her experiences of raising a lion cub named Elsa, Joy Adamson was a noted Austro-Hungarian wildlife conservationist. She excelled in music and medicine in her younger days and later settled in Kenya with her third husband, conservationist George Adamson.

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Warsan Shire
(Writer)
Warsan Shire
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenya
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Elsa Majimbo
(Comedian)
Elsa Majimbo
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Birthdate: June 29, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Brigid Kosgei
(Marathon runner)
Brigid Kosgei
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Birthdate: February 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sinon, Kapsowar, Kenya
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Amina Mohamed
(Kenyan Lawyer, Diplomat, and Cabinet Secretary)
Amina Mohamed
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Birthdate: October 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya
Amina Mohamed is a Kenyan lawyer, diplomat, and cabinet secretary. She is the current Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage. An influential political figure, Amina Mohamed previously served as the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 20 May 2013 to 5 February 2018 and then as the Cabinet Secretary for Education from 5 February 2018 to 2 March 2019.
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Margaret Kenyatta
(First Lady)
Margaret Kenyatta
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Birthdate: April 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya
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Mary Jepkosgei Keitany
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner)
Mary Jepkosgei Keitany
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Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kabarnet, Baringo County, Kenya
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Margaret Wambui
(Middle-distance runner)
Margaret Wambui
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Birthdate: September 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nyeri, Kenya
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Faith Kipyegon
(Middle-distance runner)
Faith Kipyegon
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Birthdate: January 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bomet, Kenya
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Kuki Gallmann
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Birthdate: June 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy Treviso, Kingdom of Italy Italy

Born to Italian writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann later moved to Kenya with her husband and son, both of whom she lost in separate accidents. Taking up Kenyan citizenship, she focused on ecological conservation. He bestselling book I Dreamed Of Africa was later made into a movie.

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Martha Karua
(Kenyan Politician and Women's Rights Activist)
Martha Karua
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirinyaga District, Kenya
Martha Karua is a Kenyan politician who served as the Minister for Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs from 7 December 2005 to 6 April 2009. She also served as the Minister for Water Resources Management and Development from 3 January 2003 to 24 November 2005. Martha Karua is also a women's rights activist.
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Gurinder Chadha
(Film director)
Gurinder Chadha
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Birthdate: January 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nairobi, British Kenya Kenya
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Monica Juma
(Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum of Kenya)
Monica Juma
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Monica Juma is a Kenyan diplomat and the current Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum in Kenya. An important political leader, Juma served as the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2018. She also served as the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 2018 to 2020 and then as the Cabinet Secretary for Defence from 2020 to 2021.
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Auma Obama
(Kenyan-British Journalist, Community Activist and Half-Sister of Barack Obama)
Auma Obama
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Auma Obama is a Kenyan-British journalist, community activist, author, and sociologist. She is also famous as the half-sister of former American President Barack Obama. Auma Obama is perhaps best known for her association with a non-profit organization called Sauti Kuu Foundation, where she serves as the executive chairwoman. The organization aims at helping orphans struggling with poverty in Kenya.
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Ngina Kenyatta
(First Lady)
Ngina Kenyatta
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Birthdate: June 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kiambu County, Kenya
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Rachel Ruto
(William Ruto's Wife)
Rachel Ruto
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Birthdate: November 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya
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Vivian Cheruiyot
(Long-distance runner)
Vivian Cheruiyot
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keiyo, Rift Valley, Kenya
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Vera Sidika
(Model, Socialite)
Vera Sidika
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Birthdate: September 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya
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Anne Waiguru
(Kenyan Politician and the Current Governor of Kirinyaga County)
Anne Waiguru
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Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya
Anne Waiguru is a Kenyan politician and the current governor of Kirinyaga County. From 15 May 2013 to 21 November 2015, she served as the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution. Anne Waiguru is credited for the establishment of Huduma Centres, public places where citizens can have easy access to governmental services.
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Sanaipei Tande
(Singer, Musician)
Sanaipei Tande
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Birthdate: March 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya
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Azziad Nasenya
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Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumias, Kenya
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Avril
(Singer, Actress)
Avril
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Birthdate: April 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya
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Ida Odinga
(Kenyan Businesswoman, Educator, Activist and Wife of the Former Prime Minister of Kenya)
Ida Odinga
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Birthdate: August 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya
Ida Odinga is a Kenyan businesswoman, educator, and activist. Ida is the wife of Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya. In 2003, Ida Odinga became one of the first women to lead a major Kenyan company when she was appointed as the managing director of a liquified gas cylinder manufacturing company called East African Spectre. 
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Size 8
(Singer)
Size 8
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Birthdate: August 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Louise Leakey
(Kenyan Anthropologist and Paleontologist)
Louise Leakey
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Birthdate: March 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Louise Leakey is a Kenyan anthropologist and paleontologist. She is best known for her research and field work on fossils in Eastern Africa. She specializes in conducting research work on human fossils. Louise Leakey has achieved popularity for promoting an initiative to preserve digital models of fossils in a virtual laboratory.
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Esther Passaris
(Kenyan Politician, Entrepreneur, and Women’s Rights Activist)
Esther Passaris
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Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

Kenyan politician Esther Passaris has not just been a marketing and PR professional but has also been a Ms. Kenya runner-up. An active women’s rights campaigner, she is also an entrepreneur and owns Adopt a Light. An ODM party member, she also represents the Nairobi City County as its county woman representative.

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Wanuri Kahiu
(Film director)
Wanuri Kahiu
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Birthdate: June 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Akothee
(Singer, Musician)
Akothee
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Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya
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Sarah Onyango Obama
(Educator, Philanthropist)
Sarah Onyango Obama
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Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: March 29, 2021
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Lucy Kibaki
(Former First Lady of Kenya)
Lucy Kibaki
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Birthdate: January 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: MUKURWE-INI, Kenya
Died: April 26, 2016
Lucy Kibaki is a Kenyan public figure best known for her service as Kenya's First Lady from 2002 to 2013. The wife of popular Kenyan politician Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki, Lucy also served as the Second Lady of Kenya from 1978 to 1988. Lucy Kibaki is also known for her charitable work and often works for disadvantaged and disabled people.
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Margaret Ogola
(Novelist)
Margaret Ogola
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Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: September 21, 2011
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Susan Kihika
(Kenyan Politician the First Female to Become the Governor of Nakuru County)
Susan Kihika
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya
Susan Kihika is a Kenyan politician and lawyer. She is the current governor of Nakuru County and the first female to serve in that position. An important political figure, Susan Kihika also served as the Senator of Nakuru County from 31 August 2017 to 25 August 2022.
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Beatrice Elachi
(Former Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly)
Beatrice Elachi
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya
Beatrice Elachi is a Kenyan politician best known for her service as the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly from 2017 to 2020. Prior to her political career, Beatrice Elachi worked closely with the United Nations and served as a Programs Officer for UN Women.
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Gladys Boss Shollei
(Woman Representative for the Uasin Gishu County in the Kenyan National Assembly.)
Gladys Boss Shollei
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Birthdate: May 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenya
Gladys Boss Shollei is a Kenyan politician who is a currently woman representative for the Uasin Gishu county in the Kenyan National Assembly. One of the most important members of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA Party), Gladys Boss Shollei is credited with sponsoring the Kenya Reparations Bill 2019.
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Pamela Jelimo
(Middle-distance runner)
Pamela Jelimo
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Birthdate: December 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya
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Esther Arunga
(Lawyer, Journalist)
Esther Arunga
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Birthplace: Kenya
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Victoria Kimani
(Singer, Actress)
Victoria Kimani
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Birthdate: July 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Sarah Hassan
(Actress)
Sarah Hassan
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Birthdate: September 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya
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Daphne Sheldrick
(Writer, Conservationist)
Daphne Sheldrick
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Birthdate: June 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: April 12, 2018
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Philomena Mbete Mwilu
(Lawyer, Judge)
Philomena Mbete Mwilu
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Birthdate: April 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya
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Joyce Laboso
(Kenyan Politician Who Served as the Second Governor of 'Bomet County')
Joyce Laboso
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Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bomet County, Kenya
Died: July 29, 2019

Kenyan politician Joyce Laboso, who had been an MP for Sotik and the Governor of Bomet County, had also been a lecturer at Egerton University. A Jubilee Party member, she was one of the first 3 female governors in Kenya. She died of cancer, after undergoing treatment in the UK and India.

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Tabitha Karanja
(Businesswoman)
Tabitha Karanja
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Birthdate: August 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kenya
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Malaika Firth
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Birthdate: March 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya
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Stella Mwangi
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Birthdate: September 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Ajuma Nasenyana
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Birthdate: January 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lodwar, Kenya
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Grace Ogot
(One of the First Members of Parliament from Kenya)
Grace Ogot
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Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: March 18, 2015
Grace Ogot was a Kenyan nurse, politician, journalist, diplomat, and author. One of the first members of parliament from Kenya, Ogot served as an assistant minister during her political career. A prolific writer, Grace Ogot was one of the first Anglophone female Kenyan authors to have her works published.
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Charity Ngilu
(Kenyan Politician & the Second Governor of Kitui)
Charity Ngilu
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Birthdate: January 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Machakos County, Kenya

Kenyan politician Charity Ngilu has served as the County Governor of Kitui. One of Kenya’s first 3 female governors, she has previously also been the country’s minister of health and minister of water and irrigation. She was named Mama Rainbow for her association with the National Rainbow Coalition.