Kenyans: Famous Kenyans


In this list – Famous Kenyans I have listed people who have  influenced and changed Kenya.  Often they are important public figures who made a big difference to changing Kenya.

This list aims to choose choose people who have made a difference to Kenya in a positive way. Their contributions may be less powerful and influential but I wanted a list which selected people who have really made a difference to improving Kenya. I have not tried to place people in ‘order’.

If you wish to suggest someone, you can leave a comment on this post.

Famous Kenyans

Academicians

  1. Prof. James Ole Kiyapi
  2. Prof. Olive Mugenda
  3. Magoha George A. O
  4. Bethuel Kiplagat
  5. Richard Kiprono Mibey
  6. Prof. Bethwel A. Ogot
  7. Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Businessmen

  1. Evans Kidero
  2. Njenga Karume
  3. Mutahi Kagwe
  4. Mike Sonko
  5. James Mwang
  6. Jimnah Mbaru
  7. Naushad Merali
  8. Manu Chandaria
  9. Chris Kirubi
  10. Moody Awori
  11. John Michuki
  12. Nicholas Biwott
  13. Peter Kenneth
  14. Musalia Mudavadi
  15. Evans Kidero

Footballers

  1. McDonald Mariga
  2. Robert Mambo Mumba
  3. Joe Kadenge
  4. Dennis Oliech
  5. Simeon Mulama

Freedom Fighters

  1. Jean-Marie Seroney
  2. Pio Gama Pinto
  3. Mekatilili Wa Menza
  4. Koitalel Arap Samoei
  5. Bildad Kaggia
  6. Achieng Oneko
  7. Masinde Muliro
  8. Ronald Ngala
  9. Paul Ngei
  10. Mbiyu Koinange
  11. Martin Shikuku
  12. Dedan Kimathi
  13. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

Gospel Musicians

  1. Marion Shako
  2. Milele

Governors

  1. Evans Kidero
  2. Peter Munya
  3. Nathif Adam Jama
  4. Amason Kingi Jeffah
  5. Hassan Ali Joho
  6. Otieno Okanja
  7. Kinuthia Mbugua

Ministers

  1. Kazungu Kambi
  2. Josep Olelenku
  3. Prof Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu
  4. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor Kandie
  5. Engineer Michael Kamau
  6. Prof Jacob Kaimenyi
  7. Dr Hassan Wario Arero
  8. Ambassador Raychelle Omamo
  9. Anne Waiguru
  10. Adan Mohamed
  11. Mr. James Wainaina Macharia
  12. Mr. Henry K. Rotich
  13. Dr. Fred Okengo Matiangi
  14. Charity Ngilu
  15. Najib Balala
  16. Davis Chirchir
  17. Felix Kiptarus Kosgey

Musicians

  1. Suzanna Owiyo
  2. Fadhili William
  3. Fundi Konde
  4. Daudi Kabaka
  5. Eric Wainaina (musician)
  6. David Mathenge (Nameless)
  7. Mr. Googz(Moffat Omari)
  8. E-Sir(Issah Mmari)
  9. George Waweru
  10. Jua Cali
  11. Bamboo (lyricist)
  12. Adam Solomon
  13. Achieng Abura
  14. Abbi
  15. David Mathenge – Nameless

Politicians

  1. Kazungu Kambi
  2. Dr Hassan Wario Arero
  3. Evans Kidero
  4. Christopher Obure
  5. Wilfred Gisuka Machage
  6. Otieno Kajwang
  7. Amos Wako
  8. Moses Wetangula
  9. George Khaniri
  10. Charles Cheruiyot Keter
  11. G.G. Kariuki
  12. Gideon Moi
  13. Sammy Leshore
  14. John Krop Lonyangapuo
  15. John Kiyonga Munyes
  16. Kembi Gitura
  17. Muriuki Karue
  18. David Musila
  19. Lenny Kivuti
  20. Billow Kerrow
  21. Abdirahman Ali Hassan
  22. Yusuf Haji Senator Garissa County
  23. Danson Mwazo
  24. Boy Juma Boy
  25. Hassan Omar Hassan
  26. Otieno Okanja
  27. Kinuthia Mbugua
  28. Ferdinand Waititu
  29. Prof. James Ole Kiyapi
  30. Njenga Karume
  31. Amos Wako
  32. Isaac Ruto
  33. Noah Wekesa
  34. Fred Gumo
  35. Cecily Mutitu Mbarire
  36. Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
  37. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
  38. Stanley Munga Githunguri
  39. Johnson Nduya Muthama
  40. Bonny Khalwale
  41. Washington Jakoyo Midiwo
  42. Mutava Musyimi
  43. Beth Wambui Mugo
  44. Joshua Kutuny
  45. Franklin Bett
  46. Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli
  47. Oburu Odinga
  48. Ababu Namwamba
  49. Martin Shikuku
  50. Harry Thuku
  51. Grace Ogot
  52. William Kabogo Gitau
  53. Sally Kosgei
  54. Wambui Otieno
  55. Martha Karua
  56. Thomas Joseph Mboya
  57. Koigi wa Wamwere
  58. Josiah Mwangi Kariuki
  59. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta
  60. Barack Obama, Sr.
  61. Gitobu Imanyara
  62. Mutahi Kagwe
  63. Mike Sonko
  64. Kabando Wa Kabando
  65. Sam Ongeri
  66. Stanley Githunguri
  67. Jimnah Mbaru
  68. Moody Awori
  69. John Michuki
  70. Nicholas Biwott
  71. Mwangi Kiunjuri
  72. Linah Jebi Kilimo
  73. Peter Kenneth
  74. Dr. Noah Wekesa
  75. Prof. George Saitoti
  76. Charity Ngilu
  77. Chirau Ali Mwakwere
  78. Kiraitu Murungi
  79. Beth Mugo
  80. Esther Murugi
  81. Amos Kimunya
  82. James Orengo
  83. Njeru Githae
  84. Najib Balala
  85. Musalia Mudavadi
  86. Prof. Wangari Maathai – Biography, Profile and Timeline
  87. MWATHI Peter Mungai
  88. Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’
  89. Jomo Kenyatta
  90. Daniel arap Moi
  91. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi
  92. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta
  93. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
  94. Mwai Kibaki
  95. Raila Amolo Odinga
  96. Uhuru Kenyatta
  97. Barack Obama

Professionals

  1. Kazungu Kambi
  2. Josep Olelenku
  3. Prof Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu
  4. Davis Chirchir
  5. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor Kandie
  6. Engineer Michael Kamau
  7. Felix Kiptarus Kosgey
  8. Prof Jacob Kaimenyi
  9. Ambassador Raychelle Omamo
  10. Anne Waiguru
  11. Adan Mohamed
  12. Mr. James Wainaina Macharia
  13. Walter Barasa
  14. Mrs. Amina Mohamed
  15. Mr. Henry K. Rotich
  16. Dr. Fred Okengo Matiangi
  17. Mohammed Abdi Kuti
  18. Mohammed Abu Chiaba
  19. Sarah Serem
  20. Micah Cheserem
  21. Msagha Mbogholi
  22. Sharad Rao
  23. Daniel Ndambuki – Churchill – Mwalimu King’angi
  24. Prof. James Ole Kiyapi
  25. Amos Wako
  26. Gladys Boss Shollei
  27. Agnes Odhiambo
  28. Mr. Edward R. Ouko
  29. Danson Mungatana
  30. Prof. Githu Muigai
  31. Bob Collymore – Robert Collymore
  32. Francis Muthaura
  33. Wanjuki Muchemi
  34. Joseph Kinyua
  35. Najib Balala
  36. Dr. Willy Mutunga
  37. Zain Verjee
  38. Jeff Koinange
  39. John Githongo
  40. Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  41. Prof. Wangari Maathai – Biography, Profile and Timeline
  42. Raila Odinga
  43. Richard Leakey
  44. PLO Lumumba

Religious People.

  1. Cardinal Maurice Otunga
  2. Bishop Dominic Kimengich
  3. Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba
  4. .Bishop Paul Njiru Kariuki
  5. Bishop_james_maria_kungu
  6. Bishop_muheria
  7. Bishop Martin Kivuva
  8. Bishop Emmanuel Okombo
  9. Bishop Luigi Paiaro
  10. Bishop Salesius Mugambi
  11. Bishop Virgilio Pante
  12. Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo
  13. Bishop Kihara
  14. Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua
  15. Bishop Alfred Kipkoech Arap Rotich
  16. Bishop Philip Anyolo
  17. Bishop Joseph Mairura Okemwa
  18. Cornelius Korir
  19. Paul Darmanin
  20. Peter Kairo
  21. Boniface Lele
  22. Zacchaeus Okoth
  23. Philip Sulumeti
  24. Cardinal John NJue
  25. Fr. Renato Kizito

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