"Africa is like a person who's fallen into a hole. Someone is telling her, "I'll throw you a rope so you can get out." While the rope provided is never quite long enough for her to grab on to it, it's long enough so she has a hope of reaching it. At the same time, the person holding the rope has thrown down a spade, and is encouraging the person in the hole to dig herself in deeper." – Mama Wangari Mathaai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011)

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa. Lying along the Indian Ocean to its southeast, it is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, newly-born Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. Kenya became independent in 1963 and under conservative government of Jomo Kenyatta, commerce flourished and the capital grew. Today, Kenya has become a country of scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, contrasting climates, human diversity and modern amnesties. Kenya reflects much of the essence of sub-Saharan Africa.

Kiswahili is the lingua franca and, besides English, also an official language. The mother tongues of over 60% languages, among which Gikuyu is the language of the largest single ethnic group, the Kikuyu, who account for about one-fifth of the total population. Other Bantu-speaking groups are the Luhya and the Kamba. More than a quarter of the population speak Nilotic languages, including the Luo, Maasai (Masai), Samburu, Turkana and the Kalenjin cluster (Nandi, Kipsigis, Tugen, Pokot and others). The Luo and the Kalenjin are the two largest groups among the Kenyan Nilotes.

Kenya is named after a mountain of the same name. The Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt Kenya referred to it as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning ‘mountain of whiteness’ because of its snow capped peak. According to ancient folklore, the founder of the Kikuyu was a man named Gikuyu who was taken to a summit by a divine spirit and commanded to establish a homestead near a cluster of fig trees. Gikuyu's wife, Muumbi, had nine daughters, and each of these daughters now represents one of the nine Kikuyu clans that bear their names.

Be sure to visit these places Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mount Kenya, Lake Turkana, Nairobi, Fort Jesus, Mt Kenya and many more tourist attractions. Learn more about Kenya here http://www.magicalkenya.com and http://www.visitkenya.com/guide

 

 

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