Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu

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Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
English: O God, you are our strength
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National anthem of
 Kenya

Lyrics
  • Graham Hyslop
  • G. W. Senoga-Zake
  • Thomas Kalume[1]
  • Peter Kibukosya
  • Washington Omondi
Music The Anthem Commission
Adopted 1963
Music sample

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God, you are our strength) is the national anthem of Kenya. It was originally composed in Swahili, the national language. Kenya's National Anthem was prepared by local people. The commission included five members and was headed by the Kenya Music Adviser. It was based on a traditional tune sung by Pokomo mothers to their children.[2]

The anthem is notable for being one of the first national anthems to be specifically commissioned. It was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 to serve as the anthem after independence from the United Kingdom.[3] It was expected that the lyrics would express the deepest convictions and the highest aspirations of the people as a whole.[4]

Lyrics and translation[edit]

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
Swahili lyrics English translation
First stanza

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na Undugu
Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi.

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.

Second stanza

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tunayoipenda
Tuwe tayari kuilinda

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend

Third stanza

Natujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono
Pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Johnson Kuto Kalume
  2. ^ http://www.statehousekenya.go.ke/anthem.htm Selecting Kenya's National Anthem
  3. ^ http://nationalanthems.me/kenya-ee-mungu-nguvu-yetu
  4. ^ http://www.statehousekenya.go.ke/anthem.htm Selecting Kenya's National Anthem

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Johnson_Kuto_Kalume

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