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Five facts you need to know about Kenya

Alfonce Ngeno
An athlete displaying the Kenyan flag. Kenya is home to a majority of the world athletics champions. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

Many Kenyans know little about their beloved country Kenya, which is among the most popular countries in Africa.

Kenya, which is home to a majority of the world athletics champions, is known for the Masai Mara National Reserve, which provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration.

Here are five facts you need to know about Kenya:

1) Kenya has a 'cheese tasting' culture

Kenya has a cheese factory located on a farm in Tigoni, Limuru. The Brown’s Cheese factory makes more varieties of cheese than any cheese makers in Africa. The farm offers tours, which is a wonderful opportunity to sample the cheese, fresh out of the factory.

2) Kenya is among the most religious countries globally

According to Wikipedia, an estimated 84.8 per cent of Kenyans practice Christianity, which is the predominant religion in the country. The second largest religion in Kenya is Islam, which is practiced by about 9.7 per cent of Kenya’s population. Other faiths practiced in Kenya are Baha'i, Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional religions. 

A survey conducted by Pew Research Centre in 2015, found that Kenya was the eighth most religious country in Africa, with 86 per cent of Kenyans saying religion is very important in their lives.

3) Elizabeth became Queen while in Kenya

Princess Elizabeth was staying at the Treetops Hotel with her husband, Prince Philip, when she got the news that her father, King George VI, had passed away. Though she had to travel back home for her coronation, she became Queen of England while in Kenya

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4) The oldest stone tools were discovered in Kenya

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have been discoveries of Paleolithic remains in Turkana that have led scientists to believe that Kenya might just have been the birthplace

of humanity. The stone artifacts estimated to be 3.3 million years old were discovered by archeologists on the shores of Lake Turkana.

5) Kenya has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

These are sites that have special cultural or physical significance. 

The six sites are Mount Kenya National Park/ Natural Forest, Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley. Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Lamu Old Town, The Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Lake Turkana National Park.

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