It is in the east of Africa.
The country is named after Mount Kenya, the second
highest mountain in Africa.
Land area:581,309 km2
Monetary unit:Kenyan shilling
*The roots of the colonial history of Kenya go back to the Berlin Conference in 1885,
when East Africa was first divided into territories of influence by the European powers.
The British Government founded the East African Protectorate in 1895 and soon after,
opened the fertile highlands to white settlers. Even before it was officially declared a
British colony in 1920.
*Became independent in 1963
*First president: Jomo Kenyatta
The vast majority of Kenyans are Christian (83%), with
47.7% regarding themselves as protestant and 23.5%
as Roman Catholic of the Latin Rite.
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.
Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya, with a
population of about 1.2 million
In western Kenya, among the Luhya, Luo and
Kalenjin, lye is a common ingredient in most
traditional foods and mursik is a traditional milk drink
The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of seminomadic people inhabiting Kenya and northern
Maasai warriors jumping
Kenya is active in several sports, among them cricket,
rallying, football, rugby union and boxing. But the
country is known chiefly for its dominance in Middledistance and long-distance athletics.