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Kenya’s name derives from Mt. Kirinyaga, which means ‘mountain of whiteness’ for the Kikuyu people who lived around the area. For many centuries goods from Arabian and Asian traders, who established the first colonies, have entered the territory due to its proximity to the Arabian Peninsula, along with the Nilotic and Bantu people, who mainly settled inland. Evolving from a mixture of Bantu and Arabic, the Swahili language developed as a trade language between the different groups. The Portuguese arrived in 1498, but in the 1600s the Imam of Oman gained back its dominance. Kenya then emerged from the establishment of a British protectorate and the subsequent Kenya Colony. During this period members of the Kikuyu, Embu, Meru, and Kamba tribes gathered together to fight for freedom, giving birth to the Mau Mau Movement. The movement led to constitutional reforms and finally independence, in 1963. Today Kenyans proudly embrace their individual cultures and traditions, while celebrating the importance of national solidarity through the motto of “Harambee” (“Pulling together” in Swahili). Especially rituals and customs from the country’s rich tradition are very well documented, thanks to an intense anthropological study of Kenya’s peoples during the period of British colonial rule.

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Letion Ketienya

Nairobi
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Cephas Mutua Muthini

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Kelvin Kariithi

Mombasa
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Sarah Waiswa

Nairobi
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Naitiemu Nyanjom

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Vaghela Gemini

Nairobi
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Pascal Chuma

Nairobi
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Jerry Timbwah

Maseno
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Margaret Njeri Ngigi

Nairobi
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Joseph Baraka

Nairobi
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Solomon Powel

Nairobi
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Jimmy Kitheka

Nairobi
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Samuel Githui

Nairobi
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Joseph Mbiyu Ng'ang'a

Nairobi
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Brian Kimani

Nairobi
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Jesse Otumba

Nairobi
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Musah Mwakelemu

Mombasa

Lloyd Weche

Nairobi
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John Ndumia

Karimeni
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Grace Ndiritu

Nairobi
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George Kamiti

Nairobi
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Jackie Karuti

Nairobi
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Jebet Naava

Nairobi
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Jim Chuchi

Nairobi
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Jimmy Ogonga

Mombasa
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Kawira Mwirichia

Athi River
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Lincoln Mwangi

Nairobi
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Michael Soi

Nairobi
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Michael Musyoka

Nairobi
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Miriam Syowia Kyambi

Nairobi
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Osborne Macharia

Nairobi
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Richard Onyango

Malindi
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Dennis Muraguri

Nairobi
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Onyis Martin

Nairobi
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Patti Endo

Nairobi
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David Thuku

Nairobi
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Peter Kemosi

Nairobi
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Churchill Ongere

Nairobi
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Muriuki Jemes

Nairobi
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Mwangi Hutter

Nairobi
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Mimi Cherono Ng'ok

Nairobi
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Peterson Kamwathi

Nairobi
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Shabu Mwangi

Nairobi
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Beatrice Wanjiku

Nairobi
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Wambui Nduhiu

Nairobi
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Kaloki Nyamai

Nairobi
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Clinton Artisto

Nairobi
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Longinos Nagila

Nairobi
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Paul Onditi

Nairobi
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Peteros Ndunde

Nairobi
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Richard Kimathi

Nairobi
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Robin Mbera

Ongata Rongai
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Teddy Mitchener

Nairobi
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Alex Wainaina

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Kevin Ndege

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Benson Gitari

Diani Beach
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Boniface Maina

Nairobi
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Cyrus Kabiru

Nairobi
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Mombasa

Modern Mombasa traces its heritage back to the Thenashara Taifa, a Swahili clan that still maintains an unbroken chain of customs and traditions. ...

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Nairobi takes its name from a water hole known to the Maasai people as Enkare Nairobi (“Cold Water”). Before the late 1890s, the city was an uninhabited swamp that was chosen for its network of rivers and high elevation as a colonial railway settlement. ...

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