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Kenyans: Famous Kenyans

Famous Kenyans

In this list – Famous Kenyans we 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 of famous Kenyans aims to choose people who have made a difference to Kenya in a positive way. Their contributions may be less powerful and influential but we wanted a list which selected people who have really made a difference to improving Kenya. We have not tried to place people in ‘order’.

Famous People in Kenya

Prof. Wangari Mathai

The first African woman Nobel peace prize winner The late Prof. Wangari Mathai who had a commitment to the environment was Kenyan. She was also the first African woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree

David Rudisha

David Rudisha is the current Olympic and world record holder in the 800 meters, as well as the current Olympic Champion at the distance. Rudisha was the first person to run under 1:41.00 for the Olympic.

Tegla Loroupe

Tegla Loroupe was also the first woman from Africa to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice.

Paul Tergat

Paul Tergat -one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time is from Kenya.

Lupita Nyong’o

The first African black Oscar winner -Lupita Nyong’o has roots in Kenya; His father is Kenyan.

Barrack Obama

America’s first black president – Barrack Obama has roots in Kenya. His father was Kenyan

Famous Kenyans – Gospel Musicians

  1. Rufftone
  2. Eunice Njeri
  3. Henrie Mutuku
  4. Peter Kaberere
  5. Daddy Owen
  6. Kambua – Kambua Manundu
  7. Betty Bayo
  8. Size 8
  9. Pastor, Rev Kathy Kiuna
  10. Willy Paul
  11. Bahati Gospel Artist
  12. Marion Shako
  13. Milele

Famous Kenyans – Media Personality

  1. Jeff Koinange
  2. Mohammed Ali- Jicho Pevu
  3. Sarah Hassan (Tanya)
  4. Daniel Ndambuki (Mwalimu Kingangi)
  5. Corazon Kwamboka
  6. Eric Omondi Comedian
  7. Lupita Nyong’o
  8. Larry Madowo
  9. Caroline Mutoko
  10. Robert Alai

Famous Kenyans – Ministers

  1. Joseph Nkaissery
  2. Raychelle Omamo
  3. Kazungu Kambi
  4. Joseph Ole Lenku
  5. Judy Wakhungu
  6. Davis Chirchir
  7. Phyllis Kandie
  8. Michael Kamau
  9. Felix Koskei
  10. Jacob Kaimenyi
  11. Dr. Hassan Wario
  12. Anne Waiguru
  13. Adan Mohamed
  14. James Wainaina Macharia
  15. Amina Mohamed
  16. Henry Rotich
  17. Fred Matiangi
  18. Charity Ngilu
  19. Najib Balala

Famous Kenyans – Musicians

  1. Joseph Kamaru
  2. Mbuvi
  3. Princess Jully
  4. John Nzenze
  5. Dan ‘chizi’ Aceda
  6. DJ Krowbar
  7. Avril
  8. Dj Joe Mfalme
  9. Camp Mulla
  10. Daniel Owino Misiani
  11. Roger Whittaker
  12. Wahu Kagwi
  13. Juliani
  14. Ken Ring
  15. Nonini
  16. Tony Nyadundo
  17. Moipei Quartet
  18. Prezzo a.k.a CMB
  19. Octopizzo
  20. Sauti Sol
  21. Victoria Kimani
  22. Suzanna Owiyo
  23. Fadhili William
  24. Fundi Konde
  25. Daudi Kabaka
  26. Eric Wainaina
  27. Mr. Googz (Moffat Omari
  28. E-Sir (Issah Mmari)
  29. George Waweru
  30. Jua Cali
  31. Bamboo
  32. Adam Solomon
  33. Achieng Abura
  34. Abbi
  35. David Mathenge – Nameless

Famous Kenyans – Politicians

  1. Rosemary Odinga
  2. Rachel Shebesh
  3. Mohamed Abduba Dida
  4. Johnson Sakaja
  5. Ekwe Ethuro
  6. Joseph Ndathi
  7. Miguna Miguna
  8. Justin Muturi
  9. Alfred Mutua
  10. Dr Robert Ouko
  11. Simeon Nyachae
  12. G.G. Kariuki
  13. Mike Sonko
  14. Evans Kidero
  15. Peter Munya
  16. Nathif Adam Jama
  17. Amason Kingi
  18. Hassan Ali Joho
  19. Christopher Obure
  20. Wilfred Gisuka Machage
  21. Otieno Kajwang
  22. Moses Wetangula
  23. George Khaniri
  24. Charles Keter
  25. Gideon Moi
  26. Sammy Leshore
  27. John Krop Lonyangapuo
  28. John Kiyonga Munyes
  29. Kembi Gitura
  30. Muriuki Karue
  31. David Musila
  32. Lenny Kivuti
  33. Billow Kerrow
  34. Abdirahman Ali Hassan
  35. Yusuf Haji
  36. Danson Mwazo
  37. Boy Juma Boy
  38. Hassan Omar Hassan
  39. Otieno Okanja
  40. Kinuthia Mbugua
  41. Ferdinand Waititu
  42. James Ole Kiyiapi
  43. Njenga Karume
  44. Amos Wako
  45. Isaac Ruto
  46. Noah Wekesa
  47. Fred Gumo
  48. Cecily Mbarire
  49. Bishop Margaret Wanjiru
  50. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
  51. Johnson Nduya Mutham
  52. Bonny Khalwale
  53. Jakoyo Midiwo
  54. Mutava Musyimi
  55. Beth Mugo
  56. Joshua Kutuny
  57. Franklin Bett
  58. Sylvester Wakoli Bifwoli
  59. Oburu Odinga
  60. Ababu Namwamba
  61. Martin Shikuku
  62. Harry Thuku
  63. William Kabogo
  64. Sally Kosgei
  65. Wambui Otieno
  66. Martha Karua
  67. Tom Mboya
  68. Koigi wa Wamwere
  69. Josiah Mwangi Kariuki
  70. Barack Obama Sr
  71. Gitobu Imanyara
  72. Mutahi Kagwe
  73. Kabando Wa Kabando
  74. Sam Ongeri
  75. Stanley Githunguri
  76. Jimnah Mbaru
  77. Moody Awori
  78. John Michuki
  79. Nicholas Biwott
  80. Mwangi Kiunjuri
  81. Linah Jebii Kilimo
  82. Peter Kenneth
  83. Dr. Noah Wekesa
  84. Prof. George Saitoti
  85. Charity Ngilu
  86. Chirau Ali Mwakwere
  87. Kiraitu Murungi
  88. Beth Mugo
  89. Esther Murugi
  90. Amos Kimunya
  91. James Orengo
  92. Njeru Githae
  93. Najib Balala
  94. Musalia Mudavadi
  95. Prof. Wangari Maathai
  96. Mwathi Peter Mungai
  97. Anyang Nyong’o
  98. Mutula Kilonzo
  99. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi
  100. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta
  101. Kalonzo Musyoka
  102. Mwai Kibaki

Famous Kenyans – Business Men / Women

  1. Esther Passaris
  2. Aly-Khan Satchu
  3. Sunny Bindra
  4. Vimal Shah
  5. Isis Nyong’o
  6. Stella Kilonzo
  7. Shekhar Mehta
  8. Titus Naikuni
  9. Margaret Kobia
  10. Francis Wangusi
  11. Sam Gichuru
  12. Tabitha Karanja
  13. Evans Kidero
  14. Micah Cheserem
  15. Njenga Karume
  16. Mutahi Kagwe
  17. James Mwangi
  18. Jimnah Mbaru
  19. Naushad Merali
  20. Manu Chandaria
  21. Chris Kirubi
  22. Moody Awori
  23. John Michuki
  24. Nicholas Biwott
  25. Peter Kenneth
  26. Musalia Mudavadi

Famous Kenyans – Professionals

  1. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge
  2. Mohamed Abduba Dida
  3. Smokin Wanjala
  4. Kethi Kilonzo
  5. Ory Okolloh
  6. Makau Mutua
  7. Njoki Ndung’u
  8. Mwalimu Mati
  9. Florence Wambugu
  10. Steve Tikolo
  11. Kalpana Rawal
  12. Samson Mwathethe
  13. James Kanyotu
  14. Sam Gichuru
  15. Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
  16. Muthui Kariuki
  17. Alexander Nderitu
  18. Meja Mwangi
  19. Michael Gichangi
  20. Franci Muthaura
  21. Bitange Ndemo
  22. Ayisi Makatiani
  23. Mohammed Hussein Ali
  24. Simon Gicharu
  25. Charles Njonjo
  26. Duncan Ndegwa
  27. Dr. Richard Leakey
  28. Prof Ali Mazrui
  29. Julius Kariuki
  30. John Ngugi
  31. Dr Joseph Kamau
  32. Prof Calestous Juma
  33. Prof Shaukat A. Abdulrazak
  34. George Magoha
  35. Bethwell Ogot
  36. Dr. Margaret Ogola
  37. Joseph Boinett
  38. Dennis Itumbi
  39. Walter Barasa
  40. Mohammed Abdi Kuti
  41. Mohamed Abu Chiaba
  42. Sarah Serem
  43. Micah Cheserem
  44. Msagha Mbogholi
  45. Sharad Rao
  46. Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi
  47. Gladys Boss Shollei
  48. Agnes Odhiambo
  49. Mr. Edward R. Ouko
  50. Danson Mungatana
  51. Prof. Githu Muigai
  52. Bob Collymore
  53. Francis Muthaura
  54. Wanjuki Muchemi
  55. Joseph Kinyua
  56. Willy Mutunga
  57. Zain Verjee
  58. John Githongo
  59. Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  60. Wangari Maathai
  61. Richard Leakey
  62. PLO Lumumba

Famous Kenyans – Academicians

  1. Florence Wambugu
  2. Louis Leakey
  3. Grace Ogot
  4. Mary Leakey
  5. Henry Ole Kulet
  6. Gitura Mwaura
  7. Charles Kanjama
  8. Betty Maina
  9. Geoffrey William Griffin
  10. Francis Imbuga
  11. Miguna Miguna
  12. Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
  13. Binyavanga Wainaina
  14. Alexander Nderitu
  15. Meja Mwangi
  16. Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi
  17. Prof. Olive Mugenda
  18. Magoha George A. O
  19. Bethuel Kiplagat
  20. Richard Kiprono Mibey
  21. Prof. Bethwel A. Ogot
  22. Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Famous Kenyans – Religious People

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

Famous Kenyans – Sports People

Famous Kenyans David Rudisha

Famous Kenyans David Rudisha

  1. Collins Injera
  2. Paul Ereng
  3. Victor Wanyama
  4. Daniel Komen
  5. Tegla Loroupe
  6. Robert Wangila
  7. Bernard Lagat
  8. Ezekiel Kemboi
  9. Pamela Jelimo
  10. Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei
  11. Samuel Wanjiru
  12. Billy Konchellah
  13. Moses Kiptanui
  14. Henry Rono
  15. David Rudisha
  16. Kipchoge Keino
  17. McDonald Mariga
  18. Robert Mambo Mumba
  19. Joe Kadenge
  20. Dennis Oliech
  21. Simeon Mulama
  22. Henry Wanyoike
  23. Pamela Jelimo
  24. Paul Tergat
  25. Catherine Ndereba

Famous Kenyans – Freedom Fighters

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