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Why is Kenya named Kenya?

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2010-06-16 22:07:03

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 originally called Kenya as

Kikuyu locals called it Kirinyaga (mountain of whiteness). British

colonialists found it hard to pronounce hence Kiinyaa and later

Kenya (Home of the Gods).

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