10 World-Famous Personalities With Kenyan Roots

These Kenyan born personalities are hall of famers abroad:

1. Lupita Nyong’o

Having starred alongside Brad Pitt in the movie 12 Years A Slave, bagged herself an Oscar award and graced numerous red carpet events, Lupita is now a celebrity known all over the world and proudly celebrated back in her home country Kenya.


2. Victor Wanyama

Wanyama, a defensive midfielder for English club Southampton known for his sportsmanship and leadership qualities is a well-known figure in England, Africa and beyond.

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3. David Rudisha

The Kenyan middle-distance runner is the current Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800 metres. Everyone who is a sports junkie knows David Rudisha.


4. Wangari Mathaai

The Late Professor bagged herself the prestigious Nobel Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace, making her the first African woman to ever win the prize. Wangari Maathai even met Oprah Winfrey who has nothing but great things to say about the late Professor on an article on her website by the title ‘Phenomenal Woman: Wangari Maathai’


5. Barack Obama

Current President of the United States of America, born to a Kenyan father, labeled as the most powerful man in the world is definitely world famous.



6. Richard Dawkins

Did you know that Richard Dawkins, born in Kenya to British parents is the brains behind the word ‘meme’? Well…we learn something every day.


7. Professor Ali Mazrui

The late Mazrui was an academic Professor and Writer on African and Islamic studies. He is well known for his writing and being ranked as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals.


8. Ajuma Nasenyana

The Kenyan born model has graced the fashion runways along side big shots in the modeling world such as Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek for Designers like Baby Phat and Carlos Mienes. Ajuma has also modeled for the famous American Designer, Victoria’s Secrets and also starred in a short film called ‘To Catch A Dream’.

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9. Edi Gathegi

Edi is a Kenyan American film, stage and television actor. He’s featured in famous productions such as The Twilight Saga, X-Men: First Class, Criminal Activities, to mention but a few and even received a nomination for Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry.


10. Louis Leakey

Louis is known for pioneering the study of human evolution and human evolutionary development in Africa. He has also been featured on National Geographic.


source: OmgVoice


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