The Republic of Kenya is a country known for its vast and diverse cultural legacies. Home to several ethnic groups, the culture of Kenya also reflects the influences of European societies as the nation was under British colonial rule for almost a century. Jomo Kenyatta, an intellectual and politician became the founding father of the Kenyan nation and served as the leader of the nation from its independence in 1963 to his death. Home to an estimated 47 different communities, Kenya has a diverse population that includes most major ethnoracial and linguistic groups found in Africa. Not surprisingly, Kenyan culture is a rich amalgamation of the behaviors, practices, and traditions of all its inhabitant communities. It has a diverse assortment of popular music forms and musicians such as Daudi Kabaka, Fadhili William and Sukuma Bin Ongaro have helped to popularize genres of local urban music. Kenya has a long oral and written literary tradition, primarily in English and Swahili, the two official languages of the country, and has produced famous writers such as Grace Ogot, Meja Mwangi, Margaret Ogola, and Binyavanga Wainaina. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Kenyans.
Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong'o
01 March 1983
Actress
Barack Obama Sr.Barack Obama Sr.
18 June 1936
Kenyan Official

Uhuru KenyattaUhuru Kenyatta
26 October 1961
President of Kenya

Jomo KenyattaJomo Kenyatta
20 October 1891
Former Prime Minister of Kenya

William RutoWilliam Ruto
21 December 1966
Deputy President of Kenya

Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
01 April 1940
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Raila OdingaRaila Odinga
07 January 1945
Former Prime Minister of Kenya

Mwai KibakiMwai Kibaki
15 November 1931
Former President of Kenya

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey
07 August 1903
Paleoanthropologist and Archaeologist
Richard LeakeyRichard Leakey
19 December 1944
Paleoanthropologist and Conservationist

Julian OzanneJulian Ozanne
30 November 1965
Film Producer
Edi GathegiEdi Gathegi
10 March 1979
American film actor

Eliud KipchogeEliud Kipchoge
17 November 1984
Long-distance runner

Deep RoyDeep Roy
01 December 1957
Actor

Sarah Onyango ObamaSarah Onyango Obama
1922 AD
Educator, Philanthropist

Auma ObamaAuma Obama
1960 AD
Activist, Journalist
Gurinder ChadhaGurinder Chadha
10 January 1960
Film director

Brigid KosgeiBrigid Kosgei
20 February 1994
Marathon runner

AvrilAvril
30 April 1986
Singer, Actress

Elsa MajimboElsa Majimbo
29 June 2001
Comedian
Daniel arap MoiDaniel arap Moi
02 September 1924
Politician

Liaquat AhamedLiaquat Ahamed
14 November 1952
author, writer
Kiran ShahKiran Shah
28 September 1956
Actor, Stuntman

David RudishaDavid Rudisha
17 December 1988
Kenyan track and field athlete

Sarah HassanSarah Hassan
05 September 1988
Actress
Margaret KenyattaMargaret Kenyatta
16 February 1928
Politician, Diplomat

Margaret KenyattaMargaret Kenyatta
08 April 1964
First Lady
Ngina KenyattaNgina Kenyatta
24 June 1933
First Lady

Abel MutaiAbel Mutai
02 October 1988
Athlete

Philomena Mbete MwiluPhilomena Mbete Mwilu
15 April 1958
Lawyer, Judge
Tom MboyaTom Mboya
15 August 1930
Politician

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Bernard LagatBernard Lagat
12 December 1974
Athlete
Warsan ShireWarsan Shire
01 August 1988
Writer

Rachel RutoRachel Ruto
20 November 1968
William Ruto's Wife

Amina MohamedAmina Mohamed
05 October 1961
Lawyer, Politician

Jaramogi Oginga OdingaJaramogi Oginga Odinga
30 September 1911
Politician
Daniel KomenDaniel Komen
17 May 1976
Athlete
Monica JumaMonica Juma
1964 AD
Politician, Diplomat

Sanaipei TandeSanaipei Tande
22 March 1985
Singer, Musician

Martha KaruaMartha Karua
22 September 1957
Politician

Charles Gitonga MainaCharles Gitonga Maina
1976 AD
Actor, Basketball player
Samuel Kamau WanjiruSamuel Kamau Wanjiru
10 November 1986
Athlete

Julius YegoJulius Yego
04 January 1989
Athlete

Kibiwott KandieKibiwott Kandie
20 June 1996
Long-Distance Runner

Aasif KarimAasif Karim
15 December 1963
Cricketer

Kuki GallmannKuki Gallmann
01 June 1943
Writer
Josiah Mwangi KariukiJosiah Mwangi Kariuki
21 March 1929
Politician

Ali MazruiAli Mazrui
24 February 1933
Academic
George SaitotiGeorge Saitoti
03 August 1945
Politician

Farida KaroneyFarida Karoney
1969 AD
Politician, Journalist

Wangechi MutuWangechi Mutu
22 June 1972
Artist, Painter
Wanuri KahiuWanuri Kahiu
21 June 1980
Film director

Willy PaulWilly Paul
01 September 1993
Songwriter
AkotheeAkothee
08 April 1980
Singer, Musician

Azziad NasenyaAzziad Nasenya
16 June 2000
Actress

Nick MutumaNick Mutuma
22 September 1988
Actor, Producer

Louise LeakeyLouise Leakey
21 March 1972
Paleontologist

Kipchoge KeinoKipchoge Keino
17 January 1940
Athlete
Noah NgenyNoah Ngeny
02 November 1978
Athlete

Geoffrey MutaiGeoffrey Mutai
07 October 1981
Marathon runner

Wilson KipketerWilson Kipketer
12 December 1972
Runner

Aziz AliAziz Ali
15 September 1980
Boxer
Lucy KibakiLucy Kibaki
13 January 1936
First lady

Stella MwangiStella Mwangi
01 September 1986
Singer
Vera SidikaVera Sidika
30 September 1989
Model, Socialite

Paul TergatPaul Tergat
17 June 1969
Long-distance runner

Asbel KipropAsbel Kiprop
30 June 1989
Athlete
Wilson Kipsang KiprotichWilson Kipsang Kiprotich
15 March 1982
Long-distance running

Edward CheserekEdward Cheserek
02 February 1994
Long-distance runner
Margaret WambuiMargaret Wambui
15 September 1995
Middle-distance runner

Daphne SheldrickDaphne Sheldrick
04 June 1934
Writer, Conservationist

Geoffrey KamwororGeoffrey Kamworor
28 November 1992
Marathon runner
Raychelle OmamoRaychelle Omamo
06 July 1962
Politician, Lawyer

Jackie LumbasiJackie Lumbasi
1979 AD
Media personality
Anne WaiguruAnne Waiguru
16 April 1971
Politician

Rhonex KiprutoRhonex Kipruto
12 October 1999
Athlete

Daniel NdambukiDaniel Ndambuki
30 October 1977
Comedian

Tegla LoroupeTegla Loroupe
09 May 1973
Long-distance runner
Vivian CheruiyotVivian Cheruiyot
11 September 1983
Long-distance runner
Timothy CheruiyotTimothy Cheruiyot
20 November 1995
Athlete

Patrick SangPatrick Sang
11 April 1964
Athlete

Victoria KimaniVictoria Kimani
28 July 1985
Singer, Actress

Faith KipyegonFaith Kipyegon
10 January 1994
Middle-distance runner
Pamela JelimoPamela Jelimo
05 December 1989
Middle-distance runner

Charity NgiluCharity Ngilu
28 January 1952
Politician

Ida OdingaIda Odinga
24 August 1950
Businesswoman, Activist

Henry RonoHenry Rono
12 February 1952
Track and field athlete

Susan KihikaSusan Kihika
1974 AD
Lawyer, Politician
John Harun MwauJohn Harun Mwau
24 June 1948
Businessman

Joseph OlitaJoseph Olita
31 March 1944
Actor
Tabitha KaranjaTabitha Karanja
29 August 1964
Businesswoman

Gina DinGina Din
23 October 1961
Business woman
WahuWahu
22 March 1980
Singer
Mohamed AminMohamed Amin
29 August 1943
Photojournalist