Religion in Kenya, Christianity, Islam, Traditional African Religions, Hinduisms and Atheist

Preview of Kenya Religion

The prevalent religion in Kenya is Christianity, which is clung to by an expected 84.8% of the aggregate populace. Islam is the second biggest religion in Kenya, honed by around 9.7% of the aggregate populace. Different beliefs honed in Kenya are Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism and customary religions.


Roman Catholicism was first introduced to Kenya in the fifteenth century by the Portuguese and was spread quickly during the twentieth century by colonists. Today, the primary Christian categories in Kenya are Protestant admissions, which make up around 47.4% of the nation’s religious piece. They incorporate the Anglican Church of Kenya, and the Presbyterian, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, and Pentecostal chapels. The Roman Catholic Church incorporates up to 23.3% of the populace.

The Eastern Orthodox Church has more than 650,000 individuals in Kenya (2010), making it the biggest Orthodox Church in Africa (after the Oriental Orthodox Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church). In 2016 two new wards were made inside the Orthodox Archdiocese of Kenya, to be specific the Diocese of Nyeri and Mount Kenya, and additionally the Diocese of Kisumu and West Kenya, both falling under the Archdiocese of Nairobi, which is since 2001 managed by Archbishop Makarios (Tillyrides).

Other factually huge non-Catholic and non-Protestant developments incorporate the New Apostolic Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, United Pentecostal Church International, and Branhamism. The non-Protestant and non-Catholic gatherings make up around 11.8% of the populace.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has in excess of 10,000 individuals in 39 assemblies in Kenya. They additionally have 2 family history focuses in Kenya, and a work asset focus in Nairobi.

A recent report appraises somewhere in the range of 70,000 Christian adherents from a Muslim foundation in the nation, the majority of them having a place with some type of Protestantism.


Islam is the religion of roughly 11.1% of the Kenyan population. Islamic associations question the figures proposed. A few sources propose the quantity of Muslims in Kenya in the vicinity of 35% and 45%. Most Muslims in Kenya are Sunni, for the most part of the Shafii ceremony. Roughly 7% percent recognize themselves as Shia and around 4% distinguish themselves as Ahmadi Muslims. Muslims are amassed for the most part in the Coastal and North Eastern Regions. Nairobi has a few mosques and a remarkable Muslim populace. There are expansive and generally noteworthy populaces of Swahili Muslims on the drift (most prominently in Mombasa, Lamu, and Malindi), in the Western Province, and handful of Somali, Arab and South Asian Muslims.

Conventional African religions

African religions are commonly in view of normal wonders and veneration to predecessors. The dead are attempted to simply change into another condition of being and fit for conveying favorable luck or cataclysm to the living. Most religious ceremonies are subsequently fixated on assuaging the dead through penances and appropriate entombment customs. The dead’s desires should likewise be taken after to the letter.

Devotees of customary Kikuyu religion trust Ngai lives on Mt. Kenya and say their supplications confronting the mountain. Devotees of customary Mijikenda religion have their blessed places of worship in the timberlands where they offer forfeits and implore.

The Maasai, Turkana, Samburu and Pokot clans likewise have huge quantities of people sticking solely to conventional African religions


There are Hindus living in Kenya. The numbers are evaluated to be around 0.14% of the populace. They are predominantly situated in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, and other urban territories, for example, Mombasa, Eldoret, Thika, and Kisumu.


In the 2009 Census, 922,128 individuals detailed themselves as having “no religion”. This is 2.4% of the aggregate, making this gathering bigger than the gatherings revealing themselves as traditionalists, Hindu or other religion. 61,233, 0.2%, revealed that they didn’t know their religion. There is a shame against individuals who are nonbelievers in Kenya.  A research survey conducted in 2012 found that 88% of Kenyans viewed themselves as “a religious individual”, 9% see themselves as “a non-religious individual”, while 2% characterize themselves as “a persuaded skeptic”, putting Kenya in top 10 religious populaces on the planet.


Since 1999, Buddhism has developed in Kenya. There are in excess of 1000 Buddhists in Kenya. Buddhism is likewise one of the fastest developing conventions in Kenya.

Nairobi Buddhist Temple

Nairobi Buddhist Vihara/Temple is the fundamental focal point of Buddhism in Kenya. Nairobi Vihara conducts missions and meditation[16] projects to advance Buddhism in Kenya.

Baha’í Faith

Fundamental article: Bahá’í Faith in Kenya

Show in Kenya from 1945, the religion developed to an expected 308,000 individuals in 2005 or around 1% of the populace. In the 1990s the Bahá’ís in Kenya partook in an across the country group wellbeing venture including inoculations, keeping up restrooms and growing clean water sources

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