Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu
Official Name: Republic of Kenya
Alternate Names: Kenya
Former Names: British East Africa
Capital City: Nairobi
Flag: The Kenyan flag has three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a large warrior's shield covering crossed spears at the center.
Date of Independence: December 12, 1963 (from the UK)
National Anthem: Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God of All Creation)
Size/Area: 582,650 sq km - roughly the size of Texas
Land Locked: No
Coastline: 536 km
Bordering Countries: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania
Administrative Divisions: 7 provinces - Central, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western, and 1 area - Nairobi Area
Major Cities: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Malindi, Lodwar, Eldoret, Wajir, Meru, Marsabit, Machakos
Languages: English, Swahili, Indigenous Languages
Religions: Protestant (45%), Roman Catholic (33%), Muslim (10%), indigenous beliefs (10%), other (2%)
Major Holidays: Jamhuri Day (Dec 12), Kenyatta Day (Oct 20), Moi Day (Oct 10), Madaraka Day (June 1), New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (May 1), Id al-Fitr, Christmas, and Boxing Day.
Currency Code: KES
Highest Point: Mount Kenya Mount Kenya at 5,199 m
Lowest Point: Indian Ocean
Bordering Bodies of Water: Indian Ocean
Bodies of Water: Lake Turkana, Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha
Climate: Kenya has a tropical climate - hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast.
Major Industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism
Major Agricultural Products: tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs
Natural Resources: limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower
Time Zone: GMT+3
Tribes of Africa eBook
This eBook is the most complete listing of African tribes available on the internet. The first section of this book is the tribes sorted alphabetically by country. The second section is the tribes sorted alphabetically by tribe name.