Kenya: Ethnic Groups

Kenyan Ethnic Groups

Kenya has a total of 42 Ethnic groups Namely:

  • Bantu

  • Bantus are the single largest population division in Kenya. Some of the prominent Bantu groups in Kenya include the Kikuyu, the Kamba, the Luhya, the Kisii, the Meru, and the Mijikenda. The Swahili people are descended from Mijikenda Bantu peoples that intermarried with Arab immigrants.

  • Nilotes

  • In Kenya, Nilotic-speaking tribes comprise the Luo, Maasai, Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, and many of the subgroups which constitute the Kalenjin. They occupy the vast sweep of western Kenya's Rift Valley, which skirts the border of Uganda from Sudan in the north to Tanzania in the south.
Kenyan Ethnic Groups

  • Cushites

  • Cushites, or Cushitic people, live in the arid and semi-arid eastern and North-Eastern parts of Kenya. They reside along a very large area of land that runs from the east of Lake Turkana, stretches to the north of Kenya, and through to the Indian Ocean. Cushites include Somali, Rendille, Borana and Oromo tribes.

  • Semites

  • These are people who speak a language related to Jewish or Arabs. They include; Arabs, Tigreans, Amharas, Falasha, Bagarra and Nubians

  • Asians

  • These are people whose origin can be trace in central and East Asia such as; Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Malaysians, Indonesians etc.

  • Europeans

  • These are people whose origin can be traced back in Europe. They are The Germans, British, Turks, Italians, French, Americans, Spanish, Russians, Portuguese, Swedish and Finnish

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Kenya: Ethnic Groups

Kenyan Ethnic Groups Kenya has a total of 42 Ethnic groups Namely: Bantu Bantus are the single largest population division in Kenya. Some of...