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Nyanza Province of Kenyamarker, on Lake Victoriamarker, is one of Kenya's seven administrative provinces outside Nairobimarker; it is in the southwest corner of Kenya. Nyanza includes part of the eastern edge of Lake Victoriamarker and is inhabited predominantly by the Luo. There are also Bantu-speaking tribes such as the Gusii, the Kuria and a few traces of the Luhya living in the province. The province derives its name from the Sukuma, a Bantu-speaking tribe living on the Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoriamarker, to whom the word Nyanza means a large mass of water.

The provincial capital is Kisumumarker, the third largest city in Kenya. The province has a population of 4,392,196 (as of 1999) within an area of 16,162 kmĀ².

The climate is tropical humid.


Initially, Nyanza had four administrative districts. Since the 1990s, the province has been further divided into the following districts:

District :

BondoGuchaHoma BayKisiiKisumumarkerKuriaMigoriNyamiraNyandoRachuonyoSiayamarkerSuba

Districts after 2007

Several new districts were created in 2007 in Kenya, also in in Nyanza Province :

District Capital
Bondo Bondomarker
Borabu Nyansiongo
Gucha Ogembomarker
Homa Bay Homa Baymarker
Kisii Kisiimarker
Kisumu East Kisumu town
Kisumu West Holo
Kuria West District Kehancha
Kuria East District Kegonga
Masaba Keroka
Migori Migorimarker
Nyamira Nyamiramarker
Nyando Awasi
Rachuonyo Kosele
Rarieda Madiany
Rongo Rongo
Siayamarker Siayamarker
Suba Sindo


The predominant language in Nyanza is Dholuo, a Nilotic language whose origins are from Southern Sudan, spoken by the Luo.

Other languages include Gusii, Luhya, Kuria and the national languages English and Swahili. Other languages from the many Kenyan communities are also spoken in small pockets by migrants from these communities.

Notable residents

Barack Obama, Sr., ethnic Luo and father of former United States Senator and current President of the United States Barack Obama II, was born in the Nyanza Province.


External links

  • Swahili- English translation
  • Kisii Language - Kisii English- Ekegusii translation

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