Kenya-info

Kenya

  • Full name: The Republic of Kenya
  • Population: 32.8 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Area: 582,646 sq km (224,961 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Swahili, English
  • Major religions: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%
  • Monetary unit: 1 Kenya shilling = 100 cents
  • Independence: 1963
  • People: Kenyans are divided into more than 40 ethnic groups belonging to three linguistic families: the Bantu, the Cushitic, and the Nilotic. Language traditionally has been the primary characteristic of ethnic identity in Kenya. Also, the pattern of ethnically based settlement has persisted in Kenya since it became independent, even though economic and political development has increased mobility and urbanization among the countryÙs inhabitants.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

BBC Country Profile:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1024563.stm

CIA World Factbook:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html

NEWS SOURCES

The Standard:

http://www.eastandard.net/

News from Africa:

http://www.newsfromafrica.org/

ARTICLES

Elephant Man: Richard Leakey; Sierra Magazine J/F 2010

Kenya’s Culture – People Overview

Country Briefing: Kenya