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Kenya's name derives from the Kikuyu name for Mount Kenya, Kere Nyaga (Ke-re-nya-ga) meaning 'mountain of God'. According to our elders, when one of the first men appeared in Kenya he met a Kikuyu man and asked him the name of the country and pointed at the mountain. The Kikuyu man mistakenly thought that he was asking the name of the mountain and said 'Kere Nyaga' which he said quite quickly and came out 'Ke-nya'. After hearing this story it still baffles me why so many colonials called it 'Kee-nya' when the spelling would suggest that is 'Kenya' with only 1 'e' as in 'Ben', 'send' and 'when', not 2 as in 'seen' and 'been' and 'keen' ya?
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Why is Kenya named Kenya?

Kenya is named after Mt. Kenya its highest mountain. It is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is a misconception that the name Kenya originated from its first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. And whilst the name came from Mt. Kenya, the mountain was not origina (MORE)

How was Kenya named?

Kenya's Name Kenya - a wonderful sounding word is named after a mountain of the same name. It was given by the Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt. Kenya, which they referred to as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning 'mountain of whiteness' because of its snow capped peak (yes, Africa does ha (MORE)

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What is the official name of Kenya?

The Republic of Kenya. Kenya's official name is the Republic of Kenya. Kenya is located in East Africa. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi, and the country's population was estimated at 34,728,100 in the year 2000.

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When was Kenya founded?

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Who is the ruler of kenya?

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Is Kenya a common name?

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What are the names of the various tribes in Kenya?

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What can you do in Kenya?

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What are the names of the main rivers in Kenya?

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Where about is Kenya?

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Kenya is named after?

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Is there a McDonald's in Kenya?

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Are there alligators in Kenya?

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How do you get into Kenya?

You can fly in with various airlines, or take a boat to the coast, or drive from surrounding countries.

Where did the name Kenya come from?

Kenya is named after a mountain of the same name. It was given by the Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt. Kenya which they referred to as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning 'mountain of whiteness' because of its snow capped peak. Mt Kirinyaga which was the main landmark became synonymous wit (MORE)

When did Kenya become known as Kenya?

"As part of East Africa, Kenya has seen human habitation since the Lower Paleolithic period. The Bantu expansion reached the area by the first millennium AD, and the borders of the modern state comprise the crossroads of the Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, and Afro-Asiatic linguistic areas of Africa, mak (MORE)

When did Kenya became known as Kenya?

Kenya was known to be Kenya by first between the 16th and 17th century by tugese but declared independence from the British colonies on December 12, 1963.

What year was Kenya named Kenya?

1963 Before Kenya gained independence in 1963 from British rule, it was officially called the "Colony of Kenya". The name Kenya cactually came from the mountain in the same name called mount kenya because the British couldn't pronounce it well at the time

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Is there a town in Kenya named Hawaii?

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