Famous People From Kenya

Famous people from Kenya come from diverse backgrounds. Of these are prominent politicians, sports champions, leaders in arts and entertainment, and other fields of life.

Of these are men and women of Kenyan descent who were born in Kenya or in different countries of the world and have become prominent in their various fields of work and life.

Some famous sports people from Kenya are drawn from the sports sector.

These include Kenyan runners and marathoners who have shined in the world of athletics.

Kenya's Rugby Sevens international Collins Injera is ranked 3rd in the world with over 200 tries.

They continue earning the country many medals, trophies, recognition and awards too.

David Rudisha is a famous sports person from Kenya. He's famous for breaking records in the London Olympics 800m race. He's also previously broken the world championships race record.

David Rudisha - 800m Olympics  Record Holder

Some names of men and women in athletics are Paul Tergat, Catherine Ndereba, Tegla Loroupe, and many others.

Chris Froome is a Kenyan born British professional road racing cyclist. He's the Tour de France 2013 winner. He is also the consecutive Tour of Oman 2013 and 2014 titles winner.

Prominent Politicians


Barack Obama, the 44th president of the USA is an African-American born of a Kenyan father from the Luo community.

Other outstanding Kenyans in the world of politics are Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, also referred to as the father of the nation.

Kenya’s second president, Daniel arap Moi, who ruled Kenya for 24 years.

The third president of Kenya Mwai Kibaki, governed for 10 years from 2003 to April 2013.

Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya in the coalition government of 2008 – 2013, and a political powerhouse in the Kenyan politics.

Uhuru Kenyatta, the fourth president of the republic of Kenya, who’s also the son of the first president. His inauguration to office took place on April, 9th 2013. 

Kalonzo Musyoka is a former Kenya vice president.

He served in the Mwai Kibaki led coalition government of 2008- 2013.

He's a long serving politician. He has served both as a member for parliament and as a cabinet minister.

Kalonzo Musyoka has also been a presidential candidate.

Other Famous People From Kenya


Other famous people from Kenya are in the arts and entertainment industry. Lupita Nyong'o is an Academy Award winning actress based in the USA.

The music entertainment has such names as Nonini, Wahu Kagwi,  the Moipei quartet, Gloria Muliro, Eric Wainaina, Suzzana Owiyo, and much more.

Suzanna Owiyo playing Nyatiti-an African Musical Instrument

Others in the arts and various fields are Wangechi Mutu, Ajuma Nasenyana, Richard Leakey, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Jeff Koinange among others.

The late Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. She was an environmentalist and political activist.

 Famous From Outside The Country


The list cannot be complete without well-known people who may have come to Kenya from elsewhere.

These are people who have done great things and earned recognition in their respective fields.

Some famous people who came and made a difference in Kenya are George Adamson and Joy Adamson.

They are well-known for their work with lions and the Born Free book and movie.

Also in this list is Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa book and movie fame.

Kuki Gallman of I Dreamed Of Africa book and film as well as her conservation work.

The list is endless as there are so many more.

Here is a list of famous people from Kenya including freedom heroes, writers, academicians, artists, musicians, politicians, sports persons and more.


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