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"[We] have sex like Kenyan marathon runners." - Olivia Wilde

"My parents met in Kenya. My father is African, is Kenyan. The Kenyan side of my family was involved in the anti-colonial movement." - Tom Morello

"Every Kenyan writer has offered me something to hold onto, something to believe in." - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

"And here's Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago." - David Coleman

"I was born to a Nigerian dad and a Kenyan mom, and coming to the States was really academic." - Dayo Okeniyi

"In Kenya, crime and terrorism are deeply linked, not least by the failure of successive Kenyan governments to control either." - Giles Foden

"I didn't grow up with my Kenyan family. I grew up in a small, conservative suburb of Chicago." - Tom Morello

"I grew up watching foreign programs - American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. 'The Color Purple' was the first time I saw people who looked like me." - Lupita Nyong'o

"It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem." - Wangari Maathai

"The island is in Kenya, the water is in Uganda... But the [Luos, a Kenyan ethnic group] are mad, they want to fish here but this is Uganda." - Yoweri Museveni

"I grew up watching foreign programs - American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. 'The Color Purple' was the first time I saw people who looked like me." - Lupita Nyongo

"I was ready in 2008 for the Olympic Games but unfortunately I missed the Kenyan trials with a thigh injury. I watched those Olympics but it was tough to watch. But it was good in the end because a Kenyan, Wilfred Bungei, was the champion." - David Rudisha

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior." - Newt Gingrich

"The young readers I have interacted with carry old concerns repackaged in the skin of a new generation: puzzlement over continuous national moral failings, contradictions with the elders, nostalgia for a nonexistent Kenyan past." - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

"Burma evoked the lost Kenyan soldiers who served in the war. You never hear about them. There were a significant number of casualties, men who never came back home. But they're never commemorated." - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

"I always believed that WikiLeaks as a concept would perform a global role, and to some degree it was clear that it was doing that as far back as 2007 when it changed the result of the Kenyan general election." - Julian Assange

"To the Kenyan families, school doesn't really matter because none of them are going on to college. Almost all of drop out of school and so, they're spending their time learning things that are important to them." - Robert Sternberg

"About 52% of the world's population is female. But most of the positions of power and prestige are occupied by men. The late Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai put it simply and well when she said 'The higher you go, the fewer women there are.'" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"For example, they have land. The government of Qatar wants to lease the Tana River delta, which is in Kenya, from the Kenyan government, so that they can produce food there. People in Kenya need food. We have people who have studied agriculture. Why is it that if we really need food, we cannot go into the delta and develop our own food?" - Wangari Maathai

"There are certain areas where foreign investors can help the local people to generate wealth, and improve their quality of life. Some companies, for example, Del Monte, which produces pineapples in Kenya, pay a huge amount of taxes, I am sure, to the Kenyan government, and they do create jobs for thousands of locals." - Wangari Maathai

"Big election tomorrow! But y'know, I was thinking this weekend, as I was running the New York Marathon, um, how much like an election it is. This 22.6 mile, grueling race through all five boroughs-many, many cultures-and, uh, much like our own elections, always won by either a Kenyan or a Moroccan." - Jon Stewart

"But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather." - Mike Huckabee

"Barack the boy was raised by his white maternal grandparents; his Kenyan father abandoned him. The qualities Americans appeared to find universally appealing in the ambitious, affable Obama his confidence and calm, and his commitment to community and kin, education and excellence these came from Kansas, not Kenya." - Ilana Mercer

"When I went to live in South Africa, I immediately began to understand what went wrong. Because here was a place supposed to be under apartheid - I arrived there in 1991 - but here a black person had more say and had more influence over his white government than an average Kenyan had over the Moi government." - Binyavanga Wainaina

"Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me. I'd been starved for images of myself. I'd grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who stifled our creative expression." - Lupita Nyongo

"I"ll never forget the first time I ran with a group of Kenyan women in 2004... The first mile was way slower than my typical run to the point where I was looking around thinking, "Are they for real? These are the fastest women in the world?" But by mile 5 we were buzzing along, mile six I was hitting the gas, and mile seven I was hanging on for dear life." - Lauren Fleshman

"I have learned that I, we, are a dollar-a-day people (which is terrible, they say, because a cow in Japan is worth $9 a day). This means that a Japanese cow would be a middle class Kenyan... a $9-a-day cow from Japan could very well head a humanitarian NGO in Kenya. Massages are very cheap in Nairobi, so the cow would be comfortable." - Binyavanga Wainaina

"I'll never forget the first time I ran with a group of Kenyan women in 2004... The first mile was way slower than my typical run to the point where I was looking around thinking, "Are they for real? These are the fastest women in the world?" But by mile 5 we were buzzing along, mile six I was hitting the gas, and mile seven I was hanging on for dear life." - Lauren Fleshman

"Hellooo." I held out my arm. "An amethyst woman with blue hair is telling you this." She reached out and scraped her short nails over my arm. I snatched my arm back. "Ow." Not body makeup." She frowned and peered at the roots of my hair. "A good die-job or you"ve really got blue hair." For now," I said. "I'm half Drow." She raised an eyebrow. Dark Elves." Uh-huhhhh." During the day I look normal, like you." With an amused look she held up her arm, showing her dark, golden skin. "You're Kenyan and Puerto Rican?" - Cheyenne McCray

"Hellooo." I held out my arm. "An amethyst woman with blue hair is telling you this." She reached out and scraped her short nails over my arm. I snatched my arm back. "Ow." Not body makeup." She frowned and peered at the roots of my hair. "A good die-job or you've really got blue hair." For now," I said. "I'm half Drow." She raised an eyebrow. Dark Elves." Uh-huhhhh." During the day I look normal, like you." With an amused look she held up her arm, showing her dark, golden skin. "You're Kenyan and Puerto Rican?" - Cheyenne McCray

"Women tend to be more interested in reconciliation. A Kenyan woman leader said to me, "You know, in a war, men and women want different things. The men care a lot about territory. And they care where the borders are. And they want this whole state. The women," she said, "they want a safe place." And she put her fingers like this, "They want a safe place for their children to go to school without being shot, for their daughters to not be raped."" - Swanee Hunt



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