Kenyan

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.

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 1 Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, Kenya

 2 Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 1st President of Kenya (1964-78), 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963-64)
Birthdate: October 20, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenya
Died: August 22, 1978
After being held as a prisoner by the British for 9 years, anti-colonial activist Jomo Kenyatta was released shortly before Kenya achieved its independence, and became the country’s first prime minister and then its first president. The Father of the Nation, Kenyatta was also named Mzee, meaning “grand old man.”

 3 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress
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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 4 Barack Obama Sr.

Barack Obama Sr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Kenyan Official
Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rachuonyo District, Nyang'oma Kogelo
Died: November 24, 1982
Barack Obama Sr. was a Kenyan economist and the father of former U.S. president Barack Obama. He was already married when he received a scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where he met Stanley Dunham, Obama Jr.’s mother. He was blacklisted in Kenya, due to issues with President Jomo Kenyatta.
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 5 Deep Roy

Deep Roy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 6 Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Kenya
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi

The incumbent Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is the leader of the Jubilee Party of Kenya. Son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, he was dragged into a controversy after sweeping the 2017 re-elections by winning 98% of the total votes. However, a Supreme Court ruling dismissed all charges against him.

 7 Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political Activist
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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 8 Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 9 Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Kenya
Birthdate: January 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maseno

Raila Odinga is a Kenyan politician who has been the Leader of Opposition since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, Odinga served as the prime minister of Kenya. Before becoming the prime minister, Raila Odinga served as the Minister for Roads, Public Works, and Housing. At the African Union Commission in 2018, he was appointed High Representative for Infrastructure Development.

 10 Roger Whittaker

Roger Whittaker
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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 11 Daniel arap Moi

Daniel arap Moi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sacho, Kenya
Died: February 4, 2020

 12 William Ruto

William Ruto
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Deputy President of Kenya
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County

William Ruto is a Kenyan politician and the current Kenyan deputy president. Between 6 and 8 October 2014, Ruto served as the acting president when President Uhuru Kenyatta was in the Netherlands at the International Criminal Court. Apart from being a politician, William Ruto also owns an interest in several real estate developments, including the Weston Hotel in Kenya.  

 13 Mwai Kibaki

Mwai Kibaki
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Kenya
Birthdate: November 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gatuyaini

Mwai Kibaki is a Kenyan politician. From 2002 to 2013, Kibaki served as the president of Kenya. Before being elected as the third president of Kenya, Kibaki served as the vice-president of Kenya from 1978 to 1988. Apart from being a politician, Kibaki is an avid golfer and is one of the most important members of the Muthaiga Golf Club.

 14 David Rudisha

David Rudisha
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Middle-distance runner
Birthdate: December 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilgoris, Narok County, Kenya

 15 Richard Leakey

Richard Leakey
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Paleoanthropologist
Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Died: January 2, 2022

Born to anthropologist parents, Richard Leakey initially worked as a safari guide. On an expedition to Ethiopia, he and his men stumbled upon Koobi Fora, a site where they unearthed numerous tools and fossils. The Kenyan paleoanthropologist later lost his legs in a plane crash and now uses artificial limbs.

 16 Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer and Academic who writes primarily in Gikuyu
Birthdate: January 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kamiriithu, Kenya

 17 Elsa Majimbo

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

 18 Brigid Kosgei

Brigid Kosgei
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: February 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sinon, Kapsowar, Kenya

 19 Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nairobi, British Kenya Kenya

 20 Bernard Lagat

Bernard Lagat
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kapsabet, Kenya

 21 Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenya

 22 Amina Mohamed

Amina Mohamed
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kakamega, Kenya

 23 Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Renowned aviator and author who was the first woman to fly an east-to-west solo route across the Atlantic Ocean
Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 3, 1986

 24 Tom Mboya

Tom Mboya
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kilima Mbogo, Kenya
Died: July 5, 1969

 25 Dedan Kimathi

Dedan Kimathi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary, Military leader
Birthdate: October 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya
Died: February 18, 1957

 26 Dennis Kipruto Kimetto

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: April 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kenya

 27 Julius Yego

Julius Yego
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya

 28 Mary Jepkosgei Keitany

Mary Jepkosgei Keitany
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance runner, Marathon runner
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kabarnet, Baringo County, Kenya

 29 Kiran Shah

Kiran Shah
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Famous As: Actor, Stuntman
Birthdate: September 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 30 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bondo, Kenya
Died: January 20, 1994

 31 Geoffrey Mutai

Geoffrey Mutai
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: October 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Koibatek District, Kenya

 32 Auma Obama

Auma Obama
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Activist, Journalist
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 33 Margaret Wambui

Margaret Wambui
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Middle-distance runner
Birthdate: September 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nyeri, Kenya

 34 Willy Paul

Willy Paul
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: September 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasarani, Kenya

 35 Kipchoge Keino

Kipchoge Keino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya

 36 Vera Sidika

Vera Sidika
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model, Socialite
Birthdate: September 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

 37 Margaret Kenyatta

Margaret Kenyatta
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: April 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenya

 38 Faith Kipyegon

Faith Kipyegon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Middle-distance runner
Birthdate: January 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bomet, Kenya

 39 Samuel Kamau Wanjiru

Samuel Kamau Wanjiru
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyahururu, Kenya
Died: May 15, 2011

 40 Asbel Kiprop

Asbel Kiprop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

 41 Louis Leakey

Louis Leakey
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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist and Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kabete
Died: October 1, 1972

Son of British missionaries in Kenya, Louis Leakey spent his early days amid the Kikuyu people near Nairobi. With an elite education at Cambridge, he later revolutionized the fields of paleoanthropology and archaeology. His study of fossils in East Africa proved humans were older than previously thought.

 42 Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Writer
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.

 43 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance running
Birthdate: March 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Keiyo District, Kenya

 44 Charles Bukeko

Charles Bukeko
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Busia, Kenya
Died: July 18, 2020

 45 Peter Tabichi

Peter Tabichi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Nyamira County, Kenya

 46 Monica Juma

Monica Juma
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kenya

 47 Daniel Komen

Daniel Komen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kenya

 48 Aziz Ali

Aziz Ali
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kiambu, Kenya

 49 Dennis Oliech

Dennis Oliech
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

 50 Michael Olunga

Michael Olunga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya