Country of the Month: Kenya

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Country of the Month: Kenya

Hadi Alim, Editor-in-Chief

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Kenya is a sub-Saharan African Country on the east coast. It was named after Mount Kenya, the highest peak in the country. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi, a city with a population of over 3 million people. The national language of Kenya is Swahili, a mixture of Bantu languages and Arabic. The Country has vast diversity, with nearly eight ethnic groups sharing the country. Up until 1963, Kenya was a British Colony like most of the countries in the World. Once Kenyans had gained independence, the people declared a republic a year after. Although gaining independence quite recently, there are signs of humans living in Kenya as far back as 1.9 million years ago. The Swahili culture in Kenya is a trading culture, so as far back as 1 C.E. Kenyan were trading giants in the Indian Ocean with Middle Eastern and African powers. This vastly influenced their culture by adding bits and pieces from other cultures, such as drinking chai with every meal from the British, or Arabic loanwords from Kingdoms in Oman and Yemen.  Although Kenya is often seen as a poor and developing nation, it is one of the countries with the brightest futures on the African Continent.

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