19 interesting facts about Kenya

10. The men in Kenya are allowed to have more than one wife.

11. There are 110 different types of bat found in Kenya.

baobab tree

12. The baobab is an important cultural motif, having a place in African stories and legends.

13. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the scouting movement, died in Kenya in 1941. He is buried in Nyeri, in the Mt.Kenya region, after spending much of his later life in Kenya.

14. Kenya was the first country to introduce mobile phone banking (MPesa)

15. In Kenya, gifts should be given using the right hand only or both hands. Never use the left hand.

16. Before marriage, Kenyans still typically pay a settlement to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows.

17. Kenya is called the ‘cradle of humanity’ because of archaeological finds in the Rift Valley.


18. Kenya has always been a popular location for film production. Hollywood has a long standing affair with Kenya that dates back to the 1930’s. Many classic adventure films were shot on location in Kenya, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro starring Gregory Peck, King Solomon’s Mines with Stewart Granger and Mogambo featuring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner.


19. Kenyans love to party, and the music style known as “benga” is the contemporary dance music that rules. It originated among the Luo people of western Kenya and became popular in the area in the 1950s.

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