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.
Kenya National Anthem- English Version
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
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
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- Kiswahili Version
Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao an mlinzi
Na tukae na undugu
Amani na Uhuru
Raha tupate an ustawi
Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanya sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tuwe tayari kuilinda
Natujenge Taifa letu
Ee ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
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.