Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu

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Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
English: O God, of all Creation

National anthem of  Kenya
LyricsGraham Hyslop, G. W. Senoga-Zake, Thomas Johnson Kuto Kalume, Peter Kibukosya, Washington Omondi, 1963 (1963)
MusicCollectively, 1963 (1963)
Adopted1963 (1963)
Audio sample
"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (instrumental, one verse)

"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (English: "O God, of all Creation", lit. "O God, our strength") is the national anthem of Kenya.

History[edit]

The music was originally composed in Kiswahili, the national language. Unlike some other countries' national anthems which were written or composed by foreigners, the Kenyan 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.[1]

It is notable for being one of the first national anthems to be specifically commissioned as such. It was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 to serve as the state anthem after independence from the United Kingdom.[2] It was expected that the lyrics would express the deepest convictions and the highest aspirations of the people as a whole.[1]

Lyrics[edit]

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
Swahili lyrics Kikuyu lyrics English lyrics
First stanza

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

Oh 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
Our 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. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2016-07-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Selecting Kenya's National Anthem
  2. ^ "Kenya - Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu - National Anthems of the World from NationalAnthems.me". Retrieved 28 August 2016.

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Audio