Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
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|English: O God, of all Creation|
National anthem of Kenya
|Lyrics||Graham Hyslop, G. W. Senoga-Zake, Thomas Kalume, Peter Kibukosya, Washington Omondi, 1963|
"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (instrumental)
"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu"'s lyrics were originally written in Kiswahili, the national language of Kenya. 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.
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. It was expected that the lyrics would express the deepest convictions and the highest aspirations of the people as a whole.
|Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu|
|Swahili lyrics||English lyrics||Literal English translation|
Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
|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.
O God our strength
Amkeni ndugu zetu
|Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage and splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.
Awake, our brethren;
Natujenge taifa letu
|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.
Let's build our nation
During the Olympics, only first and third stanza instrumental was used.
- "Selecting Kenya's National Anthem". Archived from the original on 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2016-07-31. Selecting Kenya's National Anthem
- "Kenya - Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu - National Anthems of the World from NationalAnthems.me". Retrieved 28 August 2016.