Mkoa wa Nyanza
|— Province —|
|No. of districts:||19|
|• Total||12,613 km2 (4,870 sq mi)|
|Population (2009 Census)|
|• Density||430/km2 ( 1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Nyanza Province (Swahili: Nyanza) of Kenya, is one of Kenya's eight administrative provinces. It is located in the southwest part of Kenya around Lake Victoria. Nyanza includes part of the eastern edge of Lake Victoria and is inhabited predominantly by the Luo. There are also Bantu-speaking tribes such as the Gusii, the Kuria and a few traces of the Luhya living in the province. The province derives its name from Nyanza, a Bantu word which means a large mass of water.
The provincial capital is Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. The province has a population of 4,392,196 (as of 1999 Census) within an area of 16,162 km², or 12,613 km² of land.
The climate is tropical humid.
Initially, Nyanza had four administrative districts. Since the 1990s, the province has been further divided into the following districts:
Bondo (Bondo) · Gucha (Ogembo a) · Homa Bay (Homa Bay) · Kisii (Kisii) b · Kisumu (Kisumu) · Kuria (Kehancha) · Migori (Migori) · Nyamira (Nyamira) c · Nyando (Awasi) · Rachuonyo (Oyugis) · Siaya (Siaya) · Suba (Mbita)
a Also known as South Kisii District and Ogembo District.
b Also known as Kisii Central District.
c Also known as North Kisii District.
Districts after 2007
Several new districts were created in 2007 in Kenya, also in Nyanza Province:
Other languages include Gusii, Luhya, Kuria, Suba and the national languages English and Swahili. Other languages from the many Kenyan communities are also spoken in small pockets by migrants from these communities.
Barack Obama, Sr., was born in the Nyanza Province. He is the father of the President of the United States Barack Obama, Jr. Others include the independence fighters and socialist politicians Achieng Oneko and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the latter's son Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former ministers Robert Ouko and Tom Mboya, and the historian Bethwell Allan Ogot.
- http://www.yale.edu/swahili Swahili- English translation
- Kisii Language - Kisii English- Ekegusii translation