Kenya is a sovereign state in East Africa that is officially known as Republic of Kenya with Nairobi as the Capital and largest city. The country lies on the equator bordered by the Indian Ocean to the south-east and Tanzania, another East African country to the south, Uganda lies on the west while South Sudan is located in the north-western part of Kenya, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. This article highlights some of those interesting, informative, fascinating and sometimes not too well-known facts about Kenya.
Kenya Facts Everyone Must Know
1. Before marriage Kenyans still pay a dowry to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows.
2. Everyone wants to know what you think of Obama.
3. Corn is the top commodity.
4. Kenyans’ are very well dressed people.
5. There is no such thing as personal space.
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6. Sleeping under a mosquito net is like making a tent in the living room when you were a little kid.
7. Kenyans’ drink lots of chai tea and not very much coffee.
8. Usually drink their beverages either room temperature or hot never cold.
9. Kenyan men can have multiple wives.
10. Driving the Kenyan way means fitting 19 people in a 9 passenger van.
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11. In Swahili the word “chai” means tea . . . so in America when we order a chai tea we are actually saying tea tea.
12. Kenya is roughly the same size of Texas at 362,040 square miles.
13. After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism. For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favorites are tea and beer.
14. Some of the oldest known paleontological records of man’s history have been found in Kenya.
15. Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.
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16. Most Kenyans are either very poor or very rich. Very few can be classified as middle class.
17. About 99% of Kenya’s population is made up of black Africans but there are also white Kenyans.
18. Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to do so.
19. About 70 percent of Kenyans are Christians, about 25 percent are adherents of indigenous religions while the remaining 5 to 6 percent are Muslims. There are also Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees, and Bahai’s particularly among the Asian communities.
20. Kenya’s wildlife is unrivalled by any other in the world, both in terms of numbers and variety of species. Thousands of tourists visit Kenya every year to view the wild life particularly the wildebeest migration. Animals such as lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, cheetahs, hyena and a wide range of bird species can all be found in Kenya.
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