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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 4 
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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Elsa Majimbo
(Comedian)

Elsa Majimbo
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Birthdate: June 29, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 6 
Warsan Shire
(Writer)

Warsan Shire
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenya

 7 
Amina Mohamed
(Lawyer, Politician)

Amina Mohamed
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Birthdate: October 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya
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 8 
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

 9 
Auma Obama
(Activist, Journalist)

Auma Obama
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 10 
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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Vera Sidika
(Model, Socialite)

Vera Sidika
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Birthdate: September 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

 12 
Margaret Kenyatta
(First Lady)

Margaret Kenyatta
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Birthdate: April 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 13 
Faith Kipyegon
(Middle-distance runner)

Faith Kipyegon
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Birthdate: January 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bomet, Kenya

 14 
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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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.

 16 
Monica Juma
(Politician, Diplomat)

Monica Juma
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kenya

 17 
Ngina Kenyatta
(First Lady)

Ngina Kenyatta
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Birthdate: June 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kiambu County, Kenya

 18 
Vivian Cheruiyot
(Long-distance runner)

Vivian Cheruiyot
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keiyo, Rift Valley, Kenya

 19 
Esther Passaris
(Politician)

Esther Passaris
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Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

 20 
Avril
(Singer, Actress)

Avril
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Birthdate: April 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya

 21 
Size 8
(Singer)

Size 8
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Birthdate: August 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 22 
Anne Waiguru
(Politician)

Anne Waiguru
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Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 23 
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

 25 
Martha Karua
(Politician)

Martha Karua
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirinyaga District, Kenya

 26 
Akothee
(Singer, Musician)

Akothee
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Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya

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Stella Mwangi
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Birthdate: September 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 28 
Louise Leakey
(Paleontologist)

Louise Leakey
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Birthdate: March 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 29 
Susan Kihika
(Lawyer, Politician)

Susan Kihika
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Nakuru, Kenya

 30 
Margaret Ogola
(Novelist)

Margaret Ogola
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Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: September 21, 2011

 31 
Sarah Onyango Obama
(Educator, Philanthropist)

Sarah Onyango Obama
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Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: March 29, 2021

 32 
Beatrice Elachi
(Politician)

Beatrice Elachi
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya

 33 
Pamela Jelimo
(Middle-distance runner)

Pamela Jelimo
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Birthdate: December 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya

 34 
Ida Odinga
(Businesswoman, Activist)

Ida Odinga
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Birthdate: August 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya

 35 
Esther Arunga
(Lawyer, Journalist)

Esther Arunga
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kenya

 36 
Victoria Kimani
(Singer, Actress)

Victoria Kimani
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Birthdate: July 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 37 
Rachel Ruto
(William Ruto's Wife)

Rachel Ruto
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Birthdate: November 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya

 38 
Joyciline Jepkosgei
(Marathon runner)

Joyciline Jepkosgei
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Birthdate: December 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya

 39 
Lucy Kibaki
(First lady)

Lucy Kibaki
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Birthdate: January 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: MUKURWE-INI, Kenya
Died: April 26, 2016

 40 
Hellen Obiri
(Middle-distance runner)

Hellen Obiri
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Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kisii, Kenya

 41 
Philomena Mbete Mwilu
(Lawyer, Judge)

Philomena Mbete Mwilu
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Birthdate: April 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 42 
Joyce Laboso
(Politician)

Joyce Laboso
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Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bomet County, Kenya
Died: July 29, 2019

 43 
Sarah Hassan
(Actress)

Sarah Hassan
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Birthdate: September 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mombasa, 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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Ajuma Nasenyana
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Birthdate: January 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lodwar, Kenya

 46 
Tabitha Karanja
(Businesswoman)

Tabitha Karanja
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Birthdate: August 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kenya

 47 
Catherine Ndereba
(Long-distance runner)

Catherine Ndereba
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Birthdate: July 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya

 48 
Daphne Sheldrick
(Writer, Conservationist)

Daphne Sheldrick
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Birthdate: June 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: April 12, 2018

 49 
Grace Ogot
(Author)

Grace Ogot
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Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: March 18, 2015

 50 
Sylvia Mulinge
(Businesswoman, Corporate Executive)

Sylvia Mulinge
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Kenya