|The Great Wildbeest migration|
|Eliud Kipchoge, No Human is Limited, champion|
It is common knowledge that we cannot talk about field events without mentioning Kenya in the conversation! Kenya first participated at the Olympic Games in 1956, and has ever since sent athletes to compete in different track events winning a total of 103 medals with 31 of them being gold. In the medals ranking in Africa, Kenya takes the crown as the master of field events with Ethiopia bowing down to a second place. Kenya took the second place in the world athletics championships in 2019, losing the first place slot to perennial winners, the United States.
|Bridget Jepkosgei, Women world holder|
|Nickson Chepseba, and the rest of the world|
History indicates that, most athletes in Kenya hail from the highland nilotes people, the Kalenjin tribe, who are found majorly in the Rift Valley and Western regions of the country. Legend has it that, the sweet charcoaled milk stored in the gourd, popularly known as Mursik in the native language of the Kalenjins, contains magical strength that makes the tribe, a running tribe. However, this is unverified since, in the recent times Kenya has been represented by distance runners from other tribes including the Kikuyu, the Kisii, the Kamba etc, but Kalenjin still remains the dominating tribe.
Colonized by the British in the 19th century, Kenya attained its Self-rule on 1st June 1963 gazetted as a public holiday called Madaraka day, and later attained Independence on 12th December of the same year, gazetted as a public holiday called Jamhuri day. Kenya has had three (3) presidents since its independence, with the current sitting president H.E Uhuru Kenyatta being the fourth.
|The Maasai People of Kenya|
|A view of Nairobi City|
Language & Communication
The constitution of Kenya (2010), Chapter 2, Article (7) Section (i) & (ii) states that the national language of the Republic is Kiswahili and that the official languages of the Republic are Kiswahili and English. However, most spoken language in the streets of Nairobi and especially among the youths is Kenyan Creole (SwaNglish) popularly known as 'sheng', the street slang.
There are three (3) networks across the country Safaricom, Airtel Kenya & Telkom (formerly known as Orange). Safaricom has the widest coverage in the country with about 26 million subscribers. M-pesa is the most popular product from Safaricom that not only Kenya has embraced it but also over 15 other countries in the world including Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, India among others. M-pesa users can send and receive money worldwide. M-Pesa is a mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and micro-financing service, launched in 2007. Whenever you are in Kenya visit any M-pesa agent and you will be able to send money, pay bills and buy anything with Mpesa. It is fast, secure, convenient and very easy.
Kenya is a country with improved public transport road network. There are planes, boat, ship, ferries, buses, Matatus, local taxis, digital taxis, Tuk Tuk, Boda Boda, Bicycles etc, and soon introducing the Bus Rapid Transfer (BRT) buses just like our good neighbors Tanzania and Rwanda. Speaking of which; have you ever heard about The Matatu Culture?
The Matatu Culture is all about celebrating the Matatu Industry though Art, Music, People & Culture. The artwork and graffiti displayed on Matatus are usually used as a form of communication and a way to create awareness in a wide number of topics like soccer, politics, public figures, trends etc (https://matwana.co.ke/).
|A bus encrypted with Graffiti, in part of the Matatu Culture in Kenya|
Matatus are easily found in reasonably sized cities and towns that have plenty of services covering every major road and suburb ready to serve millions of people everyday. The ‘pimped’ Matatus are dearly referred as ‘Nganya’ by its users.
Digital taxis first came to Kenya in January 2015 in form of Uber Kenya. Four years later, we have over seven (7) digital taxis in Kenya including Little Cab, Taxify (Bolt) among several others. Uber is the most popular and is available in three (3) in Kenyan cities that is Nairobi, Mombasa & Kisumu. The fascinating thing about these app-based taxis is that, hiring a taxi is just a call away. Whether it’s midnight 12 or early 6, one doesn’t need to wait for Matatus to get started. Pick up your phone and book the cab through the application.