Kenya’s National Anthem:
A Celebration of Independence and Resilience

At midnight on December 12th, 1963, Kenyan independence was declared. This momentous event marks the end of colonial rule and ushered in a newfound hope for Kenyans. To celebrate this monumental occasion, the Kenyan National Anthem was played to commemorate the start of Kenyan sovereignty. This anthem’s lyrics are deeply meaningful as they express a sense of liberation and joy. The anthem speaks of Kenya’s struggle against colonialism, toil in adversity, and determination for a brighter future. These inspiring words embody Kenya’s spirit of resilience and are a reminder that freedom is something that should never be taken for granted.

The title of the Kenyan National Anthem, “Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu,” was written by Mzee Meza Moroa Galana alongside a team of composers. The song was adapted from a Pokomo lullaby and celebrated Kenya’s hard-fought independence. The meaning of the lyrics,” O God of all creation, grant us your strength,” reminds Kenyans that no matter how difficult our struggles may be, there is a greater power at work that can guide us through any situation. 

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu

National Anthem of Kenya (Swahili)

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu

Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi

Natukae na udugu

Amani na uhuru

Raha tupate na ustawi.

Amkeni ndugu zetu

Tufanye sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu

Nchi yetu ya

Kenya tunayoipenda

Tuwe tayari kuilinda.

Natujenge taifa letu

Ee ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima

Tuungane mikono pamoja kazini

Kila siku tuwe nashukrani. 


O 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 true.

Service be our earnest endeavor,

And our Homeland of Kenya,

Heritage of splendor,

Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord

In common bond united,

Build this our nation together,

And the glory of Kenya,

The fruit of our labor

Fill every heart with thanksgiving. 

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