10 Famous People You Didn’t Know Also Had Kenyan Roots

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Despite all the negativity and bad press that Kenya get sometimes, some really great people in the world from various fields can trace back their roots to Kenya. We know all about Lupita Nyong’o, Barack Obama and Edi Gathegi. However, here’s a list of other famous people you may not have known had a Kenyan connection.


Ajuma Nasenyana

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She was born in Lodwar, Turkana County, and rose to fame as one of the few Kenyans to walk on international runways alongside supermodels Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek. She has also walked the Victoria Secrets runway.


Zena Marshall

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Also born in Kenya, this stunningly beautiful British actress was cast as the first ever Bond girl in Dr. No. 


Roger Whittaker 

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As if his song ‘My Land Is Kenya’ wasn’t enough of a clue, this singer-songwriter was born in Nairobi to English parents.


Sir Nilesh Samani

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The professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital was knighted by the queen for his distinguished scientific career. He was born in Nanyuki, Kenya.


Kiran Shah

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Classified by the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest stuntman, he has played roles in many Hollywood blockbusters, including The Hobbit trilogy, Star Wars and The Chronicles of Narnia. He was born in and lived in Kenya for the first 12 years of his life. 



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