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Area of Kenya:
Kenya is located in Eastern Africa. Her neighbouring countries are Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the north west and the Indian Ocean to the south east.
Most people in Kenya speak three different languages; their native language, also known as mother tongue or tribal language, the official language of Swahili and English. English is mainly taught in schools and is the official business language.
Kenya has 42 tribes, also known as ethnic groups. The largest ethnic group is considered to be the Agikuyu or Kikuyu tribe. The Kikuyu people are located in central Kenya, but their high tribe populations and their aggressiveness in agriculture and business have caused them to spread all over the country.
Any holiday falling on a Sunday becomes a public holiday the following Monday.
British Colonial Rule: (1888 to 1962)
The Europeans came to Kenya as result of colonisation. The British declared Kenya a Protectorate in 1895. After a long struggle for freedom, Kenya became independent in 1963. The struggle for independence was the most difficult procedure that Africans have had to go through and no matter how much is written in explanation of it, the true picture will never be clear.
Thousands of highly trained British troops engaged massive military force against African freedom fighters that were only armed with home made and captured weapons. The cost of the war was very high and the majority of people who died or suffered the most were native Africans. The British rulers paid and corrupted some African tribes such as the Kamba and the Kalenjin people to fight other freedom fighters for them.
The tribes that were hired by the British were known as the Home Guards. Furthermore, it was unpopular with many of the conscript troops who sympathised with the aims of African nationalist, and also many people living in Britain. The tribes that began and fought strongly for independence were the Kikuyu and the Embu tribes, but were later joined by the Maasai and the Luos.
The Home Guards later realised that the war was the benefit of marginalised African people and they joined the other freedom fighters to force the British out of the country “AND THEY DID.”
Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organisation that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.
National Parks of Kenya
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