Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (English: "O God, of all Creation") is the national anthem of Kenya. It was one of the first national anthems to be written especially to be a national anthem. It was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 after independence from the United Kingdom. They wanted the words to show the deepest beliefs and the highest hopes of the people of Kenya.
Swahili lyrics[change | change source]
- Ee Mungu nguvu yetu!
- Ilete baraka kwetu!
- Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi,
- Natukae na undugu, amani na uhuru,
- Raha tupate na ustawi.
- Amkeni ndugu zetu,
- Tufanye sote bidii,
- Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu,
- Nchi yetu ya Kenya, tunayoipenda,
- Tuwe tayari kuilinda.
- Natujenge taifa letu,
- Ee ndio wajibu wetu,
- Kenya istahili heshima;
- Tuungane mikono, pamoja kazini,
- Kila siku tuwe na shukrani!
English lyrics[change | change source]
- 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.
- Let one and all arise,
- With hearts both strong and true;
- Service be our earnest endeavour,
- And our Homeland of Kenya, the heritage of splendour,
- Firm may we stand to defend.
- Let all with one accord in common bond united,
- Build this our nation together,
- And the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labor
- Filled in every heart with thanksgiving.