Kenya (Modern World Nations) by Joseph R Oppong

By Joseph R Oppong

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They also introduced pineapples, bananas, maize, cassava, and even a few words that are now part of the Swahili language. q 6/30/03 9:22 AM Page 32 32 Kenya The Portuguese built a colony along Kenya’s coast and established themselves as a dominant power in the area. They used the natural port of Mombasa as their base and set up a port garrison of troops. Between 1500 and 1509, however, the Portuguese faced fierce resistance from the Arabs. Portugal soon sent soldiers with ships and guns to conquer the ArabSwahili settlements of the east coast.

When one language becomes widely accepted by the otherwise diverse linguistic groups, it becomes a lingua franca. q 6/30/03 9:24 AM Page 47 Kenya’s People and Culture media, and in communication between and among the diverse groups. Swahili, the lingua franca of Kenya and many other parts of eastern Africa, is formed largely from the Arabic and Bantu languages. It is widely spoken especially outside the urban areas and in remote parts of the country. Another language you may encounter is Sheng.

It is the beverage of choice for most Kenyans. Indian cuisine has influenced Kenyan food and several Indian classics have become very typical Kenyan dishes. For example, chapati, a flat bread, is a very common food on Kenya’s dinner tables. Samosas, meat-filled fried dumplings, are sold everywhere, from street vendors to fast food restaurants and they make a tasty snack. Githeri is a stew made from maize (corn) and beans. It is a hardy, filling dish to which many different vegetables and sometimes meat is added.

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