The Republic of Kenya is named after Mount Kenya. The earliest recorded version of the modern name was written by German explorer Johann Ludwig Krapf in the 19th century. While travelling with a Kamba caravan led by the legendary long-distance trader Chief Kivoi, Krapf spotted the mountain peak and asked what it was called. Kivoi told him "Kĩ-Nyaa" or "Kĩĩma- Kĩĩnyaa", probably because the pattern of black rock and white snow on its peaks reminded him of the feathers of the male ostrich. The Agikuyu, who
Johann Ludwig Krapf (11 January 1810 – 26 November 1881) was a German missionary in East Africa, as well as an explorer, linguist, and traveler.Krapf played an important role in exploring East Africa with Johannes Rebmann.
Chief Kivoi was a Kamba long distance trader. He used to travel from Kitui to the coastal region to trade. He was so famous that it is said that Voi town was named after him. Chief Kivoi met with Dr Krapf and other missionaries at the coastal region. He guided them a the way to Kitui. From there they discovered Mt Kenya. They became the first white people to set their eyes on Mt Kenya. Dr Krapf and Chief Kivoi were together most of the times. One day the unexpected happened. Their caravan was attacked. Kivoi