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12 Famous People You Never Knew Were Born in Kenya

Kenya has produced some really great talent in music, film, sports among other fields. However, there are those that are accomplished and have Kenyan heritage that most people don’t know about. The kind of heritage I am talking about is that these people were born here. I have profiled 14 famous people that were born in Kenya and here they are:

1. Malaika Firth

Malaika Firth - Prada

Malaika Firth is a fashion model who is based in the UK. She was born in Mombasa and moved to Barking, in east London, when she was seven years old.

She began her modelling career at age 17. She first gained attention by being the first black model in almost 20 years to appear in a Prada advertising after Naomi Campbell had previously featured in one. She has modelled in over 40 fashion shows by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Dolce & Gabbana. She has also appeared on the covers of British Vogue,
Elle France, Fashion Week Daily, Miss Vogue, Telegraph Magazine, The Edit (Net-A-Porter Magazine) and Vogue Japan.

2. Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a Somali poet that is based in London. She was born in Kenya to Somali parents before emigrating to the UK at the age of one.

She has read her poetry in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, North America, South Africa and Kenya. Her poems have been republished in various literary publications, such as the Poetry Review, Magma and Wasafiri. She published a poetry collection called Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth in 2011.

Her poetry featured prominently in Beyoncé’s 2016 feature-length film Lemonade.

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