10 influential Kenyans in the diaspora that everyone loves and look up too


Kenya has been hailed as a country producing great talents in different aspects of live from sports, entertainment and leadership with athletics being one of Kenya’s biggest notable sport we dominate in the world stage.

However, there is another group of ‘Kenyans’ who are doing the country proud through their achievements in the global arena. They might have not necessarily been born in Kenya but through one way or the other have Kenyan roots therefore making them Kenyans.

Barrack Obama US former President whose ancestral home is in K’ogello, Siaya County is considered Kenya’s biggest export to America. Obama was born to a Kenyan father, Barrack Obama Senior and American Mother, Ann Dunham. The 44th US President went down in history as the first African-American to serve at the top most seat in America reigning from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. Many might argue he’s not Kenyan but Kenyans like also to claim him.

Lupita Nyong’o is another notable figure in the world of acting having won Oscar award. The Hollywood star was born in Mexico by Kenyan parents, current Kisumu County governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dorothy Nyong’o.

Lupita has starred in big movies like 13 years a slave and Black Panther and Kenya is proud to be associated with her.

Eddy Gathegi is Kenyan American film, stage, and television actor. He has made appearances in X-Men: First class, Gone Baby Gone, acted as Dr. Jeffrey Cole in television series House among other films. Eddy was born in Kenya on March 10, 1979. He has been nominated in several awards while bagging some of them.

Divock Okoth Origi is an international professional footballer who also has his roots back here in Kenya. He the son of legendary Kenyan footballer, Mike Origi. The Belgian play for English Premiere League side Liverpool as striker. The Football Kenya Federation expressed an interest in persuading Origi to play for Harambee stars but Belgium did not agree to that as Origi was part of its 2014 FIFA world cup squad.

Sarah Ikumu is a 16-year old girl living in England. The Kenyan in Britain shot to fame after dazzling judges at the premier of Britain Got Talent with her stellar performance getting earning her a golden buzzer from the judges. Sarah finished in seventh position in that BGT season. She also got a standing ovation this year at the recording of the ‘Showtime At The Apollo’ a one hour weekly series providing a platform for upcoming artists.

Lucy Gichuhi is an Australian politician who made history by being elected senator in South Australia. Lucy who hails from Nyeri County renounced her citizenship in 2001 faced a short difficult stint after winning the senatorial election in which her citizenship was questioned but the High Court upheld her election therefore assuming office in April 2017.

Dr George Njoroge is a senior research based in Indiana, United States of America and working with Eli Lilly, a leading pharmaceutical company in America. The 64-year old was feted with a “pioneer award” from Face2Face Africa for his sustained impact on science and medicine. He is the first African to have more than 100 patents for his work on cancer and immunology. He is establishing a biotechnology institute in Naivasha where he plans to move to.

Derek Onserio is American born-Kenyan living in Minnesota. The genius teen surprised many after applying and being accepted to join the Ivy League of Schools which are considered to be the most prestigious universities in the world like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Princetown, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. Derek applied and got accepted in each and one of them.

Eric Ochieng was born in Kaloleni area Nairobi is a based in Britain where he plays profession boxing .He spent his early life in Kenya before relocating to UK and has been hailed by many for his success in the game. He has won the super-weight championship and currently plays in the welterweight category.

Frida Karani is one of the Kenyans flying our flag high in The Pentagon which hosts the headquarters of the US Department of Defence as a chef. The culinary artist has won several awards in her line of duty in 2016 as the Armed Forces Chef of The Year among other awards.

She worked as a saucier in Hyatt Regency Dubai before moving to the US and later joined the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary art school.

Lilly Richards runs the Kenyan Women in the United States (KWITU) , a network platform that has been credited in uniting Kenyan women in the United States and Canada. The organization also bridges the gap between the Kenyan woman in the US and in the village. Her inspiring story, was covered in the African Warrior Magazine, August issue.

She is also an award winner, DEAR Awards 2016 Best Community Organizer and the Jamhuri Award 2016 presented by the Ambassador Robinson Githae, for dedicated service to the community through KWITU