10 Fast Facts About Kenya
- Kenyans 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 throw 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 Tusker 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