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List of famous people from Kenya, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Kenya, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Kenya you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Kenya, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Ajuma Nasenyana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 33 Ajuma Nasenyana is a Kenyan model. She has worked with Victoria's Secret and Carlos Mienes, among other designers.

Wangari Maathai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 71 (1940-2011) Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University ...more

Saba Douglas-Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 47 Saba Iassa Douglas-Hamilton is a Kenyan wildlife conservationist and television presenter. She has worked for a variety of conservation charities, and has appeared in wildlife documentaries ...more

Ali Velshi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 48 Ali Velshi is a Canadian television journalist and host of Real Money with Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America. Best known for his work on CNN, he was CNN's Chief Business Correspondent, Anchor of ...more

Bernard Lagat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 43 Bernard Kipchirchir Lagat is a Kenyan-American middle and long-distance runner. Lagat was born in Kapsabet, Kenya. Prior to his change of domicile to the USA, Lagat had an extensive competitive ...more

Alan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 75 (1931-2006) Alan Gerard Fletcher was a British graphic designer. In his obituary, he was described by The Daily Telegraph as "the most highly regarded graphic designer of his generation, and probably ...more

Peter Hain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 68 Peter Gerald Hain is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Neath between 1991 and 2015, and served in the Cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was ...more

Ezekiel Kemboi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 35 Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi is a Kenyan athlete, winner of the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2011 World Championships, the 2012 Summer ...more

M. G. Vassanji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 67 Moyez G. Vassanji, CM is a novelist and editor, who writes under the name M. G. Vassanji. A citizen of Canada, Vassanji's identity easily straddles three continents.

Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 49 Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley, styled The Honourable from 1979, is a Kenyan farmer of British ancestry. He is the great-grandson of the Lord Delamere, one of the first and most influential ...more

Chris Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 54 (1959-2013) Chris Bailey is the co-founder and singer of rock band The Saints. He was born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1957 to Irish parents. Bailey grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland until the age of seven, ...more

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 47 (1964-2011) Dekha Ibrahim Abdi was an ethnic Somali peace activist based in Mombasa, Kenya. A Kenyan citizen, she worked as a consultant to government and civil society organisations.

Pamela Jelimo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 28 Pamela Jelimo is a Kenyan middle-distance runner, specialising in the 800 metres. She won the gold medal in this event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing at the age of 18. She is the first Kenyan ...more

Moses Ndiema Masai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 31 Moses Ndiema Masai is a Kenyan runner who specializes in the 10,000 metres. Masai is from Bugaa village, four kilometres to Kapsokwony town. Born to John Barasa Masai and Leonida Cherop, he is ...more

Thomas R. Odhiambo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 72 (1931-2003) Professor Thomas Risley Odhiambo was a Kenyan entomologist and environmental activist who directed research and scientific development in Africa.

Simon King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 55 Simon King is a cinematographer.

Naftali Temu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 58 (1945-2003) Naftali Temu was a Kenyan athlete. He became Kenya's first gold medalist when he won the 10,000 metres race at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon age 24 Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon is an athlete.

Timothy Kitum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Timothy Kitum age 23 Timothy Kitum is a Kenyan middle distance runner. He won a silver medal in the 800 m at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, finishing second to Nijel Amos, before ...more

Belal Mansoor Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 29 Belal Mansoor Ali is a middle distance runner now representing Bahrain after changing nationality from Kenya. He was born John Yego on 17 October 1988 in Kenya. A lot of controversy has ...more

Anthony Chemut is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Anthony Chemut age 25 Anthony Chemut is a Kenyan middle distance runner that specialises in the 800 metres. He was part of the Kenyan team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Shad K. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 35 Shadrach Kabango, better known by his stage name Shad or Shad K., is a Canadian hip hop artist and broadcaster. He was named as the new host of the CBC Radio One program Q in March 2015.

Vincent Mumo Kiilu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 35 Vincent Mumo Kiilu is an athlete.

Hasan Mahboob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 36 Hasan Mahboob Ali is a Bahraini long-distance runner. He became a naturalized citizen of Bahrain ahead of the 2006 season. His personal best time for the 10,000 metres is 27:22.40 minutes, ...more

Benson Gicharu Njangiru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 32 Benson Gicharu Njangiru is a boxer.

Meja Mwangi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Meja Mwangi age 70 Meja Mwangi is one of Kenya's leading novelists. Mwangi has worked in the film industry, including screenwriting, assistant directing, casting and location management.

Uhuru Kenyatta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 56 Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the fourth and the current President of Kenya, in office since 9 April 2013. He previously served in the Government of Kenya as Minister for Local Government from 2001 ...more

Sally Kipyego is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 32 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego is a Kenyan long- and middle-distance runner. She was the silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and the silver medalist in ...more

Josh Saviano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 39 Joshua David "Josh" Saviano is an American lawyer and former child actor who played Kevin Arnold's best friend, Paul Joshua Pfeiffer, in the comedy-drama television show The Wonder

Sidede Onyulo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 53 (1955-2008) Sidede Onyulo was a Kenyan actor, most famous for his role as Owour in Oscar winning movie Nowhere in Africa.

Paul Tergat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 48 Paul Kibii Tergat is a Kenyan former professional long distance runner. He held the world record in the marathon from 2003 to 2007, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most ...more

William Ruto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 51 William Samoei arap Ruto is a Kenyan politician who has been Deputy President of Kenya since 2013. He served as the Acting President of Kenya between 5 and 8 October 2014 while President Uhuru ...more

Samuel Wanjiru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 25 (1986-2011) Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was a Kenyan athlete who specialised in long distance running. He became a professional at a young age and broke the world record in the half marathon when he was 18 years ...more

Wanuri Kahiu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Wanuri Kahiu Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director. She has received several awards and nominations for the films which she directed, including the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture ...more

Yash Pal Ghai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Yash Pal Ghai age 79 Yash Pal Ghai is a Kenyan academic in constitutional law. As of 2007 he is the head of the Constitution Advisory Support Unit of the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal. Until 2008, he ...more

Boniface Ontuga Mweresa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Boniface Ontuga Mweresa age 24 Boniface Ontuga Mweresa is a track and field athlete.

Deep Roy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 60 Gurdeep Roy, sometimes credited as Roy Deep, Gordeep Roy, or Deep Roy, is a Kenyan-born Indian actor, stuntman, and puppeteer. Due to his diminutive size, he has appeared in a number of ...more

Daphne Sheldrick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 83 Dame Daphne Marjorie Sheldrick, DBE is a Kenya-based British author, conservationist and expert in animal husbandry, particularly the raising and reintegrating of orphaned elephants into the ...more

Brimin Kipruto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 32 Brimin Kipruto is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Korkitony, Keiyo District. He holds a personal best of 7:53.64 minutes which is ...more

Willy Mutunga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 71 Willy Munyoki Mutunga is a Kenyan lawyer, intellectual, reform activist, and, since June 2011, the Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Liaquat Ahamed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 65 Liaquat Ahamed is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He was born on November 14, 1952.

Steve Tikolo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Steve Tikolo age 46 Stephen Ogonji Tikolo is a former Kenya cricketer. Tikolo is widely regarded as the best Kenyan cricket player ever, having scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ...more

Sut Jhally is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Sut Jhally age 62 Sut Jhally is a professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose work focuses on cultural studies, advertising, media, and consumption. He is the producer of 40+ ...more

Abel Mutai is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Abel Mutai age 29 Abel Kiprop Mutai is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Nandi. He won the gold medal at the 2005 World Youth Championships and finished ...more

Vincent Kosgei is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Vincent Kosgei age 32 Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei is a Kenyan hurdler. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's 400 metres hurdles.

Eunice Sum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Eunice Sum age 29 Eunice Sum is a track and field athlete.

Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 34 Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet is an Kenyan long-distance runner. She was the silver medallist in the 5000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics in both 2009 and 2011. She also won medals over ...more

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot age 29 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot is a Kenyan marathon runner. He is known as a "true marathoner" who rarely races other distances. He finished fifth or better in the first four international ...more

David Lelei is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Dec. at 39 (1971-2010) David Lelei was a Kenyan middle distance runner. who specialized in the 800 and 1500 metres. He was later an athletics official and a political candidate, but died in a vehicle accident in

John Githongo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Kenya
John Githongo age 53 John Githongo is a former Kenyan journalist who investigated bribery and fraud in his home country and later, under the presidency of Mwai Kibaki, took on an official governmental position to ...more