- Blogtober Came Early | Day 1/30
- My Dream Life is Complicated | Day 2/30
- Making the Case for Free Work? | Day 3/30
- Deciding to Be Better at Something | Day 4/30
- The Business of Podcast Networks in Africa | Day 5/30
- Why I Started Blogging | Day 6/30
- What’s on My Phone? | Day 7/30
- The Cautionary Tale of Modern Technology | Day 8/30
- My talk to Teens on Blogging would go something like this | Day 9/30
- On the Spectrum of Transparency and Accountability | Day 10/30
- Letter from ‘Home’ | Day 11/30
- The Africa You Never Read About | Day 12/30
- The Perks and Perils of Blogging in Africa | Day 13/30
- Reading Roundup: Interact with my 5 African Inspirations | Day 14/30
- Dear AU, are you doing enough to fulfill your mandate? | Day 15/30
- Effecting Reconciliation after Parental Estrangement | Day 16/30
- Why Kenya is your Leisure and Business Travel Destination | Day 17/30
- The Diverse, Unique and Peculiar Kenyan Culture | Day 18/30
- 10 African Traditions and Cultures that should be abolished | Day 19/30
- 5 Books You Should Read in 2019 | Day 20/30
- Reading Roundup: On the Contrary… | Day 21/30
- Spreading Mental Health Awareness to Households | Day 22/30
- 9 Lesser-Known Facts about Kenya | Day 23/30
- We Can Coexist Peacefully in Sexual and Racial Diversity | Day 24/30
- 7 Ways to Absorb and Retain Podcast Knowledge | Day 25/30
- A Family Story in Pictures | Day 26/30
- 11 Lessons from the Blog Challenge | Day 27/30
- To the Blogger who Inspired me without Knowing | Day 28/30
- To the Reader who came across my words | Day 29/30
- Mailed to Winter ABC Creators and Organizers | Day 30/30
One more prompt about my country and I might just…
Full disclosure, I was to skip today’s prompt, which felt like the dreaded day 10 prompt. But I rolled up my sleeves last minute like the typical Kenyan that I am to give you 9 facts you may not know about Kenya.
And no, it’s not about the Big 5 or winning secrets from our gifted runners.
1. Kenya was officially named in 1920. Before that, it was known as the British East Africa Protectorate or British East Africa.
2. History has it that Kenya’s name was coined from the Kamba language pronunciation of Mt Kenya’s traditional name, Kirinyaga, and Kinyaa. Others believe the name Kenya came from Kirinyaga, which means a place with white spots.
3. Considered the cradle of mankind, the bones of one of the earliest human ancestors ever found were discovered in Kenya.
4. Nairobi (land of cool waters) was, in fact, a swamp and was never meant to be a city.
5. Despite it being one of the largest producers and exporters of high-end coffee, Kenyans prefer taking tea instead.
6. Meanwhile, Kenya is the largest exporter of roses. CNN will make sure to remind you that every Valentines Day.
7. Our First President, the late Jomo Kenyatta changed his name five times. Born as Kamau wa Muigai (Kamau son of Muigai), he was named Kamau wa Ngengi when his Uncle took him in. Later baptized to Johnstone Kamau wa Ngengi. Around 1928, he dropped his second and third name and became Johnstone Kenyatta due to his fascination with a beaded Maasai belt known as ‘Kinyatta‘. While developing his thesis on Kikuyu Customary Law titled Facing Mt. Kenya he was advised to adopt a more ‘authentic persona’ given he was to appear on the cover in full Kikuyu customary attire. Behold, Jomo Kenyatta was adopted.
He is said to have ridden on Mau Mau’s name to consolidate power. His assertions that he was at the centre of the rebellion and violent struggle that landed him in prison for many years for his people were apparently not true.
8. Queen Elizabeth technically became Queen of England while on a visit to Kenya.
9. The Worldwide broadband speed league 2018 report shows Kenya has the second fastest internet in Africa after Madagascar and is ranked 22nd globally.