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Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu

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Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God of All Creation) is based on the melody of a Kenyan folk song. It is notable for being one of the first anthems to be specifically commissioned -- it was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 to serve as the Kenyan national anthem after independence from Britain.

The lyrics of the anthem are in Swahili, the main Kenyan language, and the final selection of the anthem was carried out by cabinet members of the government of Jomo Kenyatta.

Lyrics:

Swahili:

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

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

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

English:

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.

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

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.

Details:

Composer:
Kenyan Anthem Commission
Lyricist:
Graham Hyslop, G. W. Senoga-Zake, Thomas Kalume, Peter Kibukosya, Washington Omondi
Date:
Adopted: 1963
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