The Kenya National Anthem in English and Kiswahili Lyrics

The Kenya National Anthem was initially crooned in Kiswahili, which is the national language in Kenya. The anthem was prepared by local residents based on a tune from a Pokomo song composed for children by their mothers.

The official Kenya National Anthem was then written in 1963 by the Kenya Anthem Commission to serve as the country’s anthem after independence.

The well-composed, diverse, and inclusive lyrics were expected to portray the deepest opinions and endeavors of the Kenyan people as a whole.

Kenya’s national anthem is a patriotic song that is typically sung at national events and other official gatherings. It can also be sung when Kenyans compete in international games and sports. This anthem is available in both English and Swahili.

The anthem is divided into three stanzas, each of which has six lines, as shown below.

The Kenya National Anthem

Kenya National Anthem- English Version

Stanza 1

Oh God of all creation

Bless this our land and nation

Justice be our shield and defender

May we dwell in unity

Peace and liberty

Plenty be found within our borders

Stanza 2

Let one and all arise

With hearts both strong and truth

Service be our earnest endeavor

And our homeland of Kenya

Heritage of splendor

Firm may we stand to defend

Stanza 3

Let all in one accord

In common bond united

Build this our nation together

And the glory of Kenya

Fruits of our labor

Fill every heart with thanksgiving

The Kenya National Anthem
Kenyan Athlete Vivian Cheruiyot flying the Kenya Flag after winning gold in an athletics competition. Photo/Courtesy

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The Kenya National Anthem- Kiswahili Version

Stanza 1

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu

Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao an mlinzi

Na tukae na undugu

Amani na Uhuru

Raha tupate an ustawi

Stanza 2

Amkeni ndugu zetu

Tufanya sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu

Nchi yetu ya Kenya


Tuwe tayari kuilinda

Stanza 3

Natujenge Taifa letu

Ee ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima

Tuungane mikono

Pamoja Kazini

Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

The Kenya national anthem is usually sung in all public events and public institutions including schools, police, and military training colleges.

During national holidays, various teams from different forces within the national parade themselves and match in front of The President with musical instruments while singing the national anthem or other tunes used by forces in their events.