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Kenya

Beni Oburu

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In the final episode of the series No Place Like Home Bob Kelly travels to Kenya's Central Highlands to trace the roots of another recently arrived immigrant to Ireland.

Beni Oburu, a 47 year old Kenyan woman, was one of the first African faces to settle in Fermoy in Cork. However, this was not Beni's first contact with Ireland, as she was a direct beneficiary of the penny for the black baby campaigns run by Irish missionaries.

In Kenya, Bob heads for the town of Marunga to visit an orphanage that Beni is involved with. Bob is given an enthusiastic welcome by children who are orphans to the AIDs virus. He brings them presents from Beni and well wishers in Ireland.

Finally, Bob travels to meet Beni's family in Nyeri, just outside the capital Nairobi. Like Beni, Bob comes full circle and brings back a message from home to Beni in Castlelyons in Cork.

Factfile on Kenya

Area:

580,370 sq. km

Population:

34.5 million

Language(s):

Swahili, English, Kiswahili and various indigenous languages

Geography:

Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border.

Religion(s):

Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, Traditional Religions 10%

Capital city:

Nairobi. Population- 2.9 million

Climate:

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.

Recent History:

Despite being one of the world's most dangeous cities Nairobi continues to be the primary communication and financial hub of East Africa. It enjoys the region's best transportation linkages, communications infrastructure, and trained personnel, although these advantages are less prominent than in past years.

Famous Kenyans:

Ngugi wa Thiong'o; is one of the best known writers from Kenya.

Jomo Kenyatta; first president of independent Kenya

Catherine Ndereba; athlete and Olympic medalist

Bob Kelly in Kenya
Bob Kelly in Kenya
Bob Kelly in Kenya
Bob Kelly
Bob Kelly in Kenya
Bob Kelly
Bob Kelly in Kenya
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