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Kenya Approaches 53 years of ‘Independence’ – 10 Things You Might not Know about this East African Powerhouse

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#1:. It is a geothermal powerhouse: Kenya was the first African nation to drill for geothermal power. The first geothermal exploitation started in the 1950s and by 1967, 27 shallow wells were dug at Olkaria, in Nakuru County.

The Olkaria I Power station was completed in 1981 and was Africa’s first geothermal power plant. In 2014, Kenya launched the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant.

#2:. Kenya was the first testing ground of Ushahidi: Meaning “testimony” or “witness” in Swahili, Ushahidi was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008.

Combining social networking with Google maps, it rapidly collects data from the crowd and visualises what happened, when and where. Now it is the mostly used crisis mapping platform in the world

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