Portal:Kenya

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Introduction

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Kenya (/ˈkɛnjə/; locally [ˈkɛɲa] (About this sound listen)), officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with its capital and largest city in Nairobi.

Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and south-west, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017.

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Mount Kenya
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Panorama of Mount Kenya around Shipton's Camp

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Swahili (also called Kiswahili) is a Bantu language. It is the most widely spoken language of sub-Saharan Africa. Although only 5-10 million people speak it as their native language, Swahili is somewhat of an East African lingua franca, being spoken by around 80 million speakers and is the second language of Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Swahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people (or Waswahili) who inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastlines from southern Somalia as far south as Mozambique's border region with Tanzania. Swahili has become a lingua franca in much of East Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is now the only African language among the official working languages of the African Union. Swahili is also taught in the major universities in the world, and several international media outlets, such as the BBC, Voice of America and Xinhua have Swahili programs. (Read more...)

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Lake Naivasha sunset

Lake Naivasha is one of the many lakes located in the Mid-Western in Kenya due to the Great Rift Valley. It is located in Nakuru County.

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Jua Cali

Paul Julius Nunda, better known by his stage name Jua Cali (born 12 September 1979), is a Kenyan hip hop rapper. In 2000 together with producer Clemo they founded Calif Records where Jua Cali has stayed since. Jua Cali performs in Kiswahili and Sheng in a popular Kenyan style of rapping called genge..

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Did you know ...

  • ...that in March 2013, Kenya was officially administratively divided into 47 semi autonomous counties?
  • ...that Kenya has 42 ethnic groups and no single ethnic group in Kenya makes even a quarter of Kenya's total population of 44,354,000 as of 2013?
  • ...that Kenya's national language is Swahili?
  • ...that Kenya's official name in Swahili is Jamhuri ya Kenya?
  • ...that Lake Turkana in Kenya is the largest desert lake in the world?
  • ...that Nairobi, the capital city, is the only city in the world with a major National Park in it? Kenya also has all five of the big five game i.e. lion, leopard, buffalo, African elephant and rhino.
  • ...that Kenya borders Africa’s largest lake by area, Lake Victoria? It is the largest tropical lake in the world. It is also the world's second-largest freshwater lake with a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi).
  • ...that Mt Kenya is the second-tallest mountain in Africa? It is 5,199 metres (17,057 ft) tall.
  • ...that a third of the flowers in the European Union come from Kenya?
  • ...that telling time in the Swahili language is different from English? For example, when saying 7 am one says Saa Moja which literally means 1 hour because in Swahili it was decided to use sunrise as a guide to tell time.

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Amina Mohamed

Amina Mohamed Jibril (born 5 October 1961) is a Somali lawyer, diplomat and politician. A citizen of Kenya, she previously served as Chairman of the International Organization for Migration and the World Trade Organisation's General Council, as well as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. As of 20 May 2013, she is the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya.


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Sunset in Samburu County

Samburu County is the 10th largest county by size in Kenya. Its population as of 2009 is 223,947. (Read more...)

In the news

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  • March 21: Kenyan conservancy euthanises last male northern white rhino; only two females remain
  • May 2: 60 people still missing after Kenyan house collapse
  • May 1: 100 tons of ivory burned in Africa; estimated at $250 million on black market
  • August 27: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signs peace deal
  • August 2: International team of scientists studies malaria drug resistance in Southeast Asia

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