By Emma McMeen
Today I will tell you about Kenya. I hope you keep your eyes and ears open because some of these facts are interesting. Remember not to Benga too much in your chairs!
The capitol is Nairobi. Kenya is 225,000 square miles (5,822,656 square kilometers) It is in Africa and the coordinates are 1 N and 38 E. Kenya is bordered by Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, and the Indian Ocean. It is about 2x the size of Nevada. Along the coast, the climate is tropical, but the inland is arid. The typical seasons are, summer: December-March, Winter: July& August. Coastal Planes and central highlands are separated by the Great Rift Valley.
The official name is Republic Of Kenya. It is named after Jomo Kenyatta. The form of government is a Republic. Kenya became a country on December 12, 1963 from the UK/Britain. In 1895 The British Government takes over what is now Kenya. It was called British East Africa. In 1946, Jomo Kenyatta becomes Chairman of the KAU (Kenya African Union. In 1952-56 Jomo and other Leaders Imprisoned. In 1961 Jomo and others released. In 1963 Kenya gets Independence.
The Official Languages of Kenya are English and Kiswahili. The population is 39,002,772. The National Holidays are Independence Day, Madaraka Day, Moi Day, Kenyatta Day, and End Of Ramadan. Rhythm is important. Drumming is also Important. The type of music they dance to is Benga and love to party.
10 shillings equals $1. Agricultural Jobs are: coffee, tea, tobacco, cotton, sisal, Pyrethrum, cashew nuts, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize, sorghum, fruit, camel (in deserts), cattle, sheep, goats, and sugarcane. Plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism. Some service jobs are such as Taxi drivers, Train directors, Hotels, Restaurants, tour guides, and Park Rangers.
Some of Kenya’s National Parks are Mount Kenya Nat’l Park, Aberdare Nat’l Park, Chyulu Nat’l Park, Meru Nat’l Park, and Mount Elgon Nat’l Park. One of Kenya's Major Cities is Nairobi, because that’s the capitol. Another major City is Eldoret because it is close to the center of the great Rift Valley. A historic location in Kenya is the Great Rift Valley, the
“cradle of man-kind”. It is named that because that is where some of the apes (a LOOOOONG time ago) became some of the first humans.
Other Information Or Fun Facts
Kenya's homeland hero is Wangari Maathai. The life expectancy for a male is 57.49 years and for a women it is 58.24 years. Ages 15 and over can read. The religions are: Protestant 45%,Muslim 10%,Roman Catholic 33%, Indigenous beliefs 10% and other 2%. The motto of Kenya is Harambee, Which means “all pull together”. The Great Rift Valley is Known as the “Cradle of mankind”.
6 million B.C.: Families of apes begin evolving into the earliest ancestors of humans after moving from their forest homes to the grasslands of the Great Rift Valley. 1830-1880: The Arabs establish a profitable business in slavery capturing slaves from Kenya. 1846: Christian Missionaries arrive from Europe to speak against slavery. December 12,1963: Kenya wins Independence from Britain. 1977: Alarmed by loss of endangered species being shot by poachers (people who hunt illegally), Kenya’s Government outlaws the hunting of wild animals.
Mbaazi za Nazi
• 1 pound pigeon peas or light red kidney beans • 1 cup light coconut milk • 1 onion, sliced • 1 to 2 teaspoons curry powder • 2 green chilies, such as jalapeños, seeds and stems removed, chopped • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 cup thick coconut milk
Clean, wash, and presoak the beans. Drain, cover with cold water, and boil until beans are soft and water has been absorbed. Add more water if necessary during cooking. Add the remaining ingredients, except for thick coconut milk. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture is almost dry. Then, add the thick coconut milk, and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
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