Madaraka Day, 1 June, commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963, preceding full independence on 12 December 1963.
On Madaraka Day, Kenya, a beautiful little country on the Eastern side of Africa, celebrates the moment in history when the country was granted internal self-rule by the British colonialists.
Kenya houses the second highest mountain in the continent (Mt. Kenya) and the coastal line that just so happens to include Mombasa and Lamu. Alongside these are 6 more pretty interesting facts you should know about Kenya.
1. The true meaning of Kenya in ancient English, just as it is in Russia, is Innocence and it's the world's forty- seventh country.
2. Kenya has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places that are recognised as being of great physical or cultural significance and Kenya has 6 of them which are Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Lamu Old Town, Mount Kenya Forest, The Sacred Kaya Forest, South Coast, Lake System in the Great Rift Valley and Lake Turkana
3. Coffee is the country's biggest income generation
Coffee is considered an export product and not something for local consumption. So, Kenyans would rather take tea and beer.
4. Kenya value conservation
Kenya is one of the countries that fight against environmental pollution and encroachment into lands meant for wildlife. The country has about 65 areas protected and reserved for wildlife such as Meru National Park, amazing Marine Parks, national reserves and sanctuaries.
5. Kenyans are religious people set of people
About 70% of the people in Kenya can be classified as Christians (Catholic and Protestant), 25% are adherent to indigenous religions and the remaining 5% comprise of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’is and Parsees.
6. Elizabeth became Queen in Kenya
Princess Elizabeth was staying at the ‘The Treetops Hotel’ with her husband, now Prince Philip, when she got the news that her father, King George VI, had passed away. She had to go back home and get coronated. So, technically she became Queen of England in Kenya.