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.
Barack Obama Sr.Barack Obama Sr.
18 June 1936
Kenyan Official
Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong'o
01 March 1983
Actress

Uhuru KenyattaUhuru Kenyatta
26 October 1961
President of Kenya

Jomo KenyattaJomo Kenyatta
20 October 1891
Former Prime Minister of Kenya

Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
01 April 1940
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

William RutoWilliam Ruto
21 December 1966
Deputy President of Kenya
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
Deep RoyDeep Roy
01 December 1957
Actor

Eliud KipchogeEliud Kipchoge
17 November 1984
Long-distance runner

Edi GathegiEdi Gathegi
10 March 1979
American film actor

Gurinder ChadhaGurinder Chadha
10 January 1960
Film director

Daniel arap MoiDaniel arap Moi
02 September 1924
Politician
David RudishaDavid Rudisha
17 December 1988
Kenyan track and field athlete

Tom MboyaTom Mboya
15 August 1930
Politician

Liaquat AhamedLiaquat Ahamed
14 November 1952
author, writer

Jaramogi Oginga OdingaJaramogi Oginga Odinga
30 September 1911
Politician
Kipchoge KeinoKipchoge Keino
17 January 1940
Athlete

Samuel Kamau WanjiruSamuel Kamau Wanjiru
10 November 1986
Athlete
Ali MazruiAli Mazrui
24 February 1933
Academic

George SaitotiGeorge Saitoti
03 August 1945
Politician

Wangechi MutuWangechi Mutu
22 June 1972
Artist, Painter
Mohamed AminMohamed Amin
29 August 1943
Photojournalist

Grace OgotGrace Ogot
15 May 1930
Author
Rees OdhiamboRees Odhiambo
23 September 1992
Football player

Charles BukekoCharles Bukeko
10 July 1962
Actor

Daniel AdongoDaniel Adongo
12 October 1989
American Football player
Meja MwangiMeja Mwangi
27 December 1948
Novelist

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Apollo KaggwaApollo Kaggwa
1869 AD
Political leader
Robert Kipkoech CheruiyotRobert Kipkoech Cheruiyot
26 September 1978
Marathon runner

Yobes OndiekiYobes Ondieki
21 February 1961
Long-distance runner

Richard ChelimoRichard Chelimo
24 February 1972
Athlete

Ngugi wa MiriiNgugi wa Mirii
1951 AD
Playwright
Samuel KobiaSamuel Kobia
20 March 1947
Religious leader
Thomas R. OdhiamboThomas R. Odhiambo
04 February 1931
Entomologist

Silas Silvius NjiruSilas Silvius Njiru
10 October 1928
Priest

Mervyn CowieMervyn Cowie
13 April 1909
Conservationist

Paul KipkoechPaul Kipkoech
06 January 1963
Long-distance Runner
Muyaka bin Haji al-GhassaniyMuyaka bin Haji al-Ghassaniy
1776 AD
Author