What do you know about his home country?
- Lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and zebra can all be found running free in Kenya. It’s a great place to go on a safari!
- For Kenyans, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The preferred local beverage is tea.
- After coffee, Kenya’s largest income generator is tourism. More than 650,000 tourists visit every year to enjoy its scenic coastal area, and to view and photograph its wildlife on safaris.
- Believe it or not, there is no public transportation system in Kenya. For mass transit, locals hire a matatu, which is a large privately-owned van that holds up to 13 passengers. Unless you have your own car, it can be tough to get around.
- Kenyans drink all of their beverages at room temperature. Many Kenyans don’t own refrigerators, so it’s unusual to find something cold to drink.
- You’ve probably heard of this Kenyan song: ‘Hakuna Matata.’
Despite the progress of education, many Kenyans still believe that poverty is a cultural curse and that if you are born into poverty, you will always be poor, just like Jey was taught.
- Kenya has a massive poverty gap. Nearly two-thirds of Kenya’s economy is controlled by a tiny clique of 8,300 super-wealthy individuals.
- When last reported (2005), 45% of Kenyans lived below the poverty line.
- Around 79% of Kenya’s population is dependent on the agriculture industry, which means unpredictable weather can take a serious toll on millions of people.
- Kenya has one of the highest rates of population growth. The population has nearly tripled in the last 35 years, from 16.3 million in 1980 to 47 million today. Not surprisingly, children make up nearly half of the population. This has major implications for the country’s infrastructure.
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