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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About Kenya You May Not Know

Learn some interesting information about Kenya while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia

1. Kenya is located in East Africa, on the equator.

2. The capital and largest city is Nairobi. Mombasa is the second largest city.

3. The two official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili, although there are dozens of other languages spoken in various parts of the country.

4. Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world's second largest fresh water lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.

5. Kenya features many national parks and wildlife reserves, with safaris being a popular activity for visitors.

6. Agriculture is important to Kenya's economy, especially tea, coffee and flowers.

7. Kenya is named after Mt Kenya, the tallest mountain in the country (5,199 metres, 17,057 feet).

8. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

Source: Science Kids

How Kenya’s Selina Wamucii is empowering smallholder farmers through mobile tech

The farmers connect to Selina Wamucii via USSD. Their information is collected, including produce type, location, availability dates and projected volumes during the growth period and then entered into the company’s mapping system.

Currently, the company works with over 3,000 farmers spread across Kenya whose produce is sold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. John Oroko, co-founder and COO of Selina Wamucii, spoke to How we made in Africa.

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Kenyan cosmetics entrepreneur discusses her ‘frustrating, but incredible’ journey

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“I’m proud of having built a local cosmetics brand that is competing neck and neck with international companies in the market. Right now I can walk into a beauty shop and my stand is right next to the giants, such as Revlon and Maybelline. It is so incredible.” So says Nelly Tuikong, founder and executive director of Kenya-based beauty line Pauline Cosmetics. The company, named after Tuikong’s mother, manufactures a range of products – including lipstick, eye shadow and make-up brushes – that retail throughout Kenya, and is also slowly gaining traction in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Belt and Road Initiative – African countries offer major investment opportunities

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is stepping up a gear, with new BRI-related projects estimated to be worth US$350bn over the next five years. This is according to a new report by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates – Belt & Road: Opportunities & Risks. According to the report, various African countries along the BRI have the potential to provide major opportunities for investment. These countries particularly include Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Egypt. The report explains how BRI (also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR)) is primarily divided between the overland ‘Belt’, the classically defined Silk Road that stretches from China to Europe, and the new, maritime Silk Road.

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