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Famous Kenyans: Icons of Kenya

Famous Kenyans: Icons of Kenya

The issue of one being or not being an icon in Kenya is not only highly subjective but it also invariably brings considerable controversy.

We used the following parameters to come up with the list of the most famous Kenyans.

  1. Well known throughout the country
  2. Associated with some definite admirable achievements
  3. Free of any obvious or proven scandals

Obviously this list could fit thousands of people. In the end, the icon must be so well established that an average Kenyan would be able to name him or her in his/her top ten great Kenyans.

Famous Kenyan – Local

  1. AAA Ekirapa
  2. Bishop Alexander Muge
  3. Bethwell Mareka Gecaga
  4. Cardinal Maurice Otunga
  5. Cardinal John Njue
  6. Catherine Kasavuli
  7. Charles Njonjo
  8. Chris Kirubi
  9. Cyrus Jironga
  10. Conjestina Achieng
  11. Daniel arap Moi
  12. Arch. David Gitari
  13. Dedan Kimathi
  14. Dennis 0liech
  15. Duncan Ndegwa
  16. Dr. Alfred Mutua
  17. Elizabeth Omolo
  18. Evans Kidero
  19. Geoffrey Griffin
  20. Geoffrey Kareithi
  21. Gerald Mahinda
  22. Hanningron Awori
  23. Bishop Henry Okullu
  24. J. M Kariuki
  25. James Mwangi
  26. James Orengo
  27. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga
  28. Jennifer Riria
  29. Jeremiah Kiereini
  30. Jimnah Mbaru
  31. Joe Barrage Wanjui
  32. John Michuki
  33. Jomo Kenyatta
  34. Joseph Murumbi
  35. Julie Gichuru
  36. Ken Matiba
  37. Kipchoge Keino
  38. Lee Njiru
  39. Leonard Mambo Mbotela
  40. Lucy Muthoni Kibaki
  41. Malkiat Singh
  42. Mama Kayai (Mary Khabele)
  43. Mama Ngina Kenyatta
  44. Manu Chandaria
  45. Marsden Madoka
  46. Martin Shikuku
  47. Mary Wambui
  48. Moody Awori
  49. Munyao Kisoi
  50. Musalia Mudavadi
  51. Mwai Kibaki
  52. Wandawiro Mgango
  53. Mwangi Ngumo
  54. Mzee Ojwang (Benson Wanjau)
  55. Naushad Merali
  56. Ndingi mwana ‘a Nzeki
  57. Nienga Karume
  58. Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  59. Orie Rogo Manduli
  60. PLO Lumumba
  61. Paul Muite
  62. Paul Tergat
  63. Phillip Kisia
  64. Phillip Ndegwa
  65. Raila Odinga
  66. Richard Leakey
  67. Rose Kimotho
  68. Sammy Lui
  69. Simeon Nyachae
  70. S. K Macharia
  71. Stanley Githunguri
  72. Tamaa bin Tamaa (Peter Lukoye)
  73. Rev. Timothy Njoya
  74. Titus Naikuni
  75. Tom Mboya
  76. Uhuru Kenyatta
  77. Vimal Shah
  78. Wangari Maathai
  79. Wilfred Kihoro
  80. William Ruto

Famous Kenyan – International

  1. Ali Mazrui
  2. Bethwell Kiplagat
  3. Catherine Ndereba
  4. Daniel arap Moi
  5. Dennis Oliech
  6. General Daniel Opande
  7. Henry Wanyoike
  8. Henry Rona
  9. Jeff Koinange
  10. Jomo Kenyatta
  11. Joseph Murumbi
  12. Kipchoge Keino
  13. Lazarus Sumbeiywo
  14. Manu Chandaria
  15. Maurice Cardinal Otunga
  16. Mohamed Amin
  17. Mwai Kibaki
  18. Ngugi wa Thiongo ,
  19. Paul Tergat
  20. Prof Thomas Odhiambo
  21. Raila Odinga
  22. Richard, Louis and Mary Leakey
  23. Shekhar Mehta
  24. Tegla Loroupe
  25. William Ruto

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