This is an interesting question, I’ve also found myself wondering why Kenya is so well known compared to most other African countries, so I did a bit of digging, and here’s what I found:
- It is considered the cradle of mankind:
- Kenya has the largest number of fossil human remains appr. 1000 individuals than any other country in Africa.
- Kenya has the oldest human remains going back to 7 million year old from Turgen Hills, Baringo (oldest in Ethiopia = 4.5 million years ; S.Africa ca 3 million years, Tanzania = 2 million years.
- Kenya has some of the most complete skeletons e.g Turkana Boy (1.6 Million years), which provided a great wealth of information regarding early human physiology than anywhere in the world.
- Kenya is endowed with many prehistory sites scattered all along the Rift Valley (north to south) and western Kenya.
- Kenya has the longest and most complete record of human evolution (and possibly the link between humans and apes).
- In addition to the fossil record, there is a long record of technological evolution (with tools as old as 2.3 million years).
- There is a wide genetic representation among some of its people (Turkana) pointing to the fact that humans have been here for a very long time.
- Read more Facts about Kenya as the cradle of mankind at:
2. We have amazing wildlife. Kenya is home to the Big 5; Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos and Leopards. There is an abundance of diverse wildlife in Kenya. We have Oryx, Antelopes, Giraffes, Impalas, Hippo, White Rhinos, Zebras, Crocodiles, Cheetahs, and many others.
3. The great wildebeest migration takes place in Kenya – Tanzania. Considered as one of the most breathtaking natural events in the world, the concentration of wildebeest is spectacular; sometime the herd is comprised of over a million at the height of the migration. The migration is between, the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
4. The rift valley (which is the longest -6,300 km- and deepest geographical fault of its kind on earth) cuts across 11 countries, one of which -you guessed it- is Kenya. According to astronauts who have observed the earth from space, the rift valley is the most visible geographical fault on the face of the planet.
5. Kenya is a great tourist destination, thanks to the weather. Kenya is located in the tropics so it’s mostly sunny (at times uncomfortably so for us locals). Some come to see the wildlife, see the sights and experience the culture.
The giant vehicle roared past a Mercedes Benz E250 on its way to Mombasa.
The giant vehicle roared past a Mercedes Benz E250 on its way to Mombasa. They had raced side by side for 10 minutes or so but they were racing on two different tracks. It was a handicap match.
Each time the Benz kicked above 100km per hour, it was slowed by an oncoming truck or bus, as the standard gauge railway (SGR) train moved on its journey.
As it snaked through the rocky hills of Makueni County, passing isolated houses, it reached its maximum speed of 120km per hour.
The preparatory trip started on Monday at Syokimau, near Nairobi, where the China Road and Bridge Corporation has set up a humongous train station. This will be the Nairobi Terminus.
Here, passengers go through the same security checks as those at airports. On this day, mean-looking police checked everyone on this trip – engineers, journalists, government officials and Chinese contractors.
Trio wins Sh111m SportPesa mega jackpot
A General Service Unit officer and a 60-year-old primary school teacher were among three winners of the last week’s SportPesa mega jackpot worth Sh111 million.
The three all correctly predicted the outcome of 17 football matches, and therefore shared the cash prize and were each presented with cheques of Sh37,058,791 Tuesday in Nairobi.
The three are Florence Machogu, a teacher and mother of six, Geoffrey Keitany, a GSU officer based in Baringo County and Daniel Rono.
Machogu, 60, becomes the oldest woman to have won the jackpot so far and only the third woman to have won the lucrative jackpot which was launched in September last year.
Having received her cheque, Machogu promptly declared that she will take a break from teaching to pursue business. “I am not very conversant with how the internet works so I usually buy newspapers, look at the odds and place my bets offline,” she said yesterday in Nairobi.
Keitany caused laughter during the cheque presentation ceremony Tuesday when he asked those in attendance to pray for him so he continues winning bets.
“I started betting in 2014 and since then I think I’ve used about Sh30,000 in total. I was introduced to betting by my elder brother. I will not quit my job but I will continue betting,” he said.
The SportPesa jackpot incorporates 17 matche and starts from Sh10 million. This amount goes up every week until one or more gamers make correct predictions on the outcome of all the 17 games.
ROSES MARKET IN KENYA
If you bought a rose for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, there is a chance it has travelled a very long way.
Figures from the Federal Department of Agriculture show that Australia imported more than 9 million rose stems this month, with the majority sourced from Kenya.
Since the start of February, 5.22 million rose stems had been imported from Kenya, up by nearly 850,000 roses in the same period last year.
It is understood to be a record for the Kenyan rose trade to Australia.
Jasmin McFadden, who runs a flower shop in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, said she was surprised when told the roses she was being sent were from Kenya.
“It would appear that local supply cannot keep up with demand, especially around Valentine’s Day, so they’re all imported unfortunately,” she said.
“It’s quite amazing. It’s a very long flight, without water too.”
Kenya is one of the world’s biggest exporters of roses, and according to the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), the nation’s floriculture industry earned Kenya shillings 62.9 billion ($AU792million) in 2015.
The Council’s website said flower farms in Kenya employ more than 100,000 people and are on track to expand greatly over the next five years.
Earlier this year, Kenya Airways Cargo (KQ Cargo) entered into an agreement with QANTAS to export flowers to Australia.
In its press statement, KQ Cargo said it was aiming to freight over 30 tonnes of flowers into Australia every month.
KQ Cargo sales manager Patricia Odida said Kenya Airways’ relationship with the Australian airline had enabled the success of the new service to uplift flowers via Johannesburg into Sydney and Melbourne.
“This is a major game changer for Kenya in terms of increasing trade exports of flowers to non-traditional markets,” Ms Odida said.
“This partnership opens up the Australian market for exporters and is a business opportunity for us to generate revenue.”
Betting firms win big against proposed taxes
Gambling companies were last evening handed victory in their fight against high taxes after MPs threw out a proposal by the National Treasury to increase their taxes after paying out winnings to 50 per cent.
By doing this, they reversed the decision made last Thursday.
MPs started the law making manoeuvring by ganging up to reject the compromise 35 per cent tax proposal presented by Majority Leader Aden Duale, arguing that they were illegal because the Finance Committee had not been consulted.
The Finance, Trade and Planning Committee received the backing of MPs and successfully argued that the 50 per cent that had been approved last week was too high and likely to kill the business.
Subukia MP Nelson Gaichuhie told his colleagues that Treasury, gambling companies, the Betting Control and Licensing Board had all agreed on keeping the taxes as they had been approved last year.
“Once we delete these (proposals), it does not mean that these people will not be paying tax. They will still be paying corporation tax at 30 per cent and 7.5 per cent of their revenue,” said Mr Gaichuhie before the proposals on betting companies were rejected.
Rejection of the Treasury’s proposals means that betting companies will continue to pay tax at the rate of 7.5 per cent, casinos and other gaming companies 12 per cent, lotteries at five per cent and prize competition at 15 per cent.
Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, who was the Sports minister when the Sports Act, which recognises sports betting as legitimate, was passed, asked his colleagues not to kill the flourishing sector.
“The economic benefits of standardised, regulated betting cannot be overstated. To tax gross revenues at 50 per cent is to send all betting firms to their grave,” said Mr Namwamba
He said killing local companies would allow foreign betting companies to reap where the current ones are making money as it would still be possible to bet online.
Mr Namwamba said MPs should think of ways to allow betting firms continue being in business while watching out for the interests of those affected.