a few words about kenya

Kenya is a tropical country situated along the equator at longitude 00-00 latitude degrees it has rainforests, snowcapped mountains, rainforest e.g. Mt. Kenya, Mt. kilimanjaro, volcanoes, deserts up north, savanah, fresh water lakes e.g. Lake Victoria, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo and Lake Turkana. Kenya has saline Lakes such as Lake Magadi, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Nakuru most of them situated along the Great Rift Valley, the Great Rift Valley runs 9000km from Isreal through Africa/Kenya ends up in Beira Mozambique and enters the Indian Ocean. Along the Coastline, we have the Indian Ocean.

The Rift Valley offers rich soil for major agricultural activities making it a major producer of foodstuffs. Among crops produced, include tea, coffee, wheat, corn, potatoes, among other foodstuff.

The population is 40 million with 42 different tribes with different dialects. The Kenyan neighbors include Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.

In the 14th century the Portuguese came and settled in the Kenyan coast building a fort called Fort Jesus in order to control the Kenyan Coast to protect their business interest. The bulk of their business involved cloves (spices) from Zanzibar slaves among other trades. There were constant battles involving the Arabs and Portuguese trying dominance over the coastline, which was the get way into the hinterland. The Arabs were trading with the local tribes including the Kamba tribe who were long distance traders and interaction between different Bantu tribes and the Arabs saw the emergence of a language called Swahili, which is our current national language. During that time a system called barter trade was being used in trading this involved the exchange of goods against goods without involving cash.


Kenya was formed in the turn of century as a result of trade with different nationalities Portuguese, Arabs and finally the British came in opening up the interior part of the country. A major railway was used to access the interior part of the country up to the pearl of Africa (Uganda). In the 15th century a medicine man from the Nandi tribe predicted 'a long snake will cross the land from the eastern waters (Indian ocean)to the western waters belching fire from its belly to quench it's thirst in the western waters (lake Victoria)'something that became true in the turn of century when the British build a railway  (lunatic line)crossing the country as predicted by medicine was the Kenya - Uganda railway.

The Indians named as coolies were brought from India to come and work in the railway construction. During that time Africans didn't know that it's possible to work and be remunerated and very many people lost their lives as a result of malaria and lion attacks when the railway was being built along the tsavo national park hence the name man eaters of Tsavo (lions)A Hollywood movie was short on site depicting the actual events called 'the ghost and darkness' starring being Michael douglas it's a  must watch movie.

The railway crossed the hinterland reaching Nairobi and the city of Nairobi was born. The Indians played a major role in the setting up Nairobi by putting up shops to provide foods and other stuff to the coolies (the Indian construction workers)since that time Nairobi has become a major business hub in eastern Africa. Nairobi was originally occupied by the Maasai tribe it was named by the Maasai tribe 'a place of cool waters'-Nairobi river. Swahili is the national language and English is the official language.

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