The Flag of Kenya

The flag of Kenya, known as the 'Harambee Flag', is a tricolor of black, red, and green horizontal stripes, each separated by narrow white borders, with a Maasai shield and two crossed spears centered on it. The black color represents the people of Kenya, red for the bloodshed during the fight for independence, green symbolizes the country’s landscape and natural wealth, and the white borders signify peace and honesty. The Maasai shield and spears are symbols of defense of all the things the flag represents.

The Flag of Kenya

History

The flag of Kenya was officially adopted on December 12, 1963, the day Kenya gained its independence from Britain. It is based on the flag of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), the political party that led the struggle for independence. The original KANU flag had the same colors but did not include the shield and spears. The addition of these elements was meant to symbolize the defense of freedom. The design reflects both the country's struggle for independence and aspirations for the future. Since its adoption, the flag has come to be a powerful symbol of Kenyan identity and pride.