10 FAST FACTS ABOUT KENYA

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FURTHER FACTS ON KENYA

  • Kenyan’s are world renowned for producing amazing runners and since their participation in at the Melbourne 1956 Olympics they have won 56 medals in long-distance running events.
  • Julius Kiplagat Yego is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He currently holds the best through in world since 2006 which set a new African record at 91.39 metres.
  • Kenyan sportsmen and women currently hold 20 World records in outdoor athletics that are ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

CELEBRITIES AND KENYA

  • Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was raised in Kenya where her father was a professor at the University of Nairobi, she was recently in Kenya to announce becoming an International ambassador forWildAid. To see her interview click here https://vimeo.com/132199683
  • Malaika Firth is a Kenyan-born British model who rose to fame after being the first black model in twenty years to be booked in a Prada campaign. She had her runway debut at New York Fashion Week 2012
  • Tour De France winning Cyclist Chris Froome was born in Nairobi and trained from a young age on the slopes of Mt. Kenya.
  • American writer Ernest Hemmingway is reputedly the man who introduced the Swahili word ‘safari’ to the western world with his book ‘The Green Hills of Africa’.
  • McDonald Mariga started his career with Kenya’s Tuska F.C. going on to play for Parma in 2007
  • Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, was born in Kenya

NEW OPENINGS IN KENYA

  • Angama Mara lodge opened in June. The Swahili word ‘angama’, meaning ‘hanging or suspended in mid-air, and this lodge doesn’t disappoint. Innovative architecture means it seems to be suspended in the air right on the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment.
  • Radisson Blue, Upper Hills, Nairobi is set to open at the end of 2015 with 271 guest rooms, 13 suites and one Presidential Suite

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