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Famous People From Kenya

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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 34
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 48
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 49
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 44
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 69
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 36
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 68
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 50
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 29
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 32
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 56
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 25
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon is an athlete.
Timothy Kitum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Kenya
Timothy Kitum age 24
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 30
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 26
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 36
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 36
Vincent Mumo Kiilu is an athlete.
Hasan Mahboob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Kenya
age 37
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 33
Benson Gicharu Njangiru is a boxer.