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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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Pope Francis to Visit Kenya in First Ever Trip to Africa

Pope Francis will visit Kenya from 25 – 27 November in his first ever trip to Africa. Nairobi will be his first stop on a three-state visit of the continent to include Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The Catholic community in Kenya accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the population. While in Nairobi, Pope Francis will hold a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi which is expected to be attended by 1.4 million people from across the country.

The Pope will also meet other religious leaders to discuss inclusivity and how people of all denominations can co-exist. Key discussions will include matters around climate change, strengthening family ties, and inter-ethnic tolerance.

It has been 20 years since Kenya hosted a pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church which was marked by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995. The nation is prepared to welcome Pope Francis with blessings and joy.

For further information, and full details Pope Francis’ itinerary, please visit