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“Kenya” or “Keenya”?


Although you’ll hear “Kenya” most of the time, the second pronunciation is still used, and not exclusively by the old settler set. The colonial pronunciation was closer to the original name of Mount Kenya, “Kirinyaga”. This was abbreviated to “Ki-nya”, spelt Kenya, which came to be pronounced with a short “e”. When Jomo Kenyatta became president after independence, the pure coincidence of his surname was exploited.

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