Denis Foynes – Would you like to impress your friends with interesting facts from around the globe? Live and Invest Overseas News can help.
This is the series in which each week you can read ten facts about one of our destinations. This week we have beautiful Kenya.
Here are ten facts about Kenya:
1. The majority of the people in Kenya are Protestants.
2. Some of the oldest known paleontological records of man’s history have been found in Kenya.
3. Before marriage, Kenyans still typically pay a settlement to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows. Men in Kenya are also allowed to have more than one wife.
4. Traditional Kenyan meals consist of barbequed meats, usually goat, and beans.
5. Soccer is the most popular sport in Kenya. However, the country has had much more international success in athletics. Kenya’s best known runner is Kipchoge Keino. He won Olympic Gold Medals in both 1968 and 1972.
6. Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million year ago when the earth’s crust broke.
7. Drinks are usually served at room temperature, not hot or cold. That even includes tea and beer.
8. Despite the fact that much of the country is made up of desert, there are two great lakes, Lake Turkana and Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Nonetheless, 16.6 million Kenyans, almost half of the population, still lack access to safe water.
9. There are a lot of holidays in Kenya due to its rich mix of cultures. The major holidays in Kenya are New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Easter, Jamhuri Day (Independence Day), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and Ramadan.
10. Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to achieve this.