Hat tip to Ndinda Kioko for starting the conversation surrounding Kenyan roads that are named after women with the tweet below.

As it turned out there a few other roads that are named after women. With the help of Ndinda and many others I was able to compile the following list of Kenyan roads that are named after women. If you know of one that’s not in the list, kindly let me know.

1. Syokimau Avenue – Machakos

Syokimau was a Kamba medicine woman and prophetess who lived in the 1800s. She was born and raised in Kitunduni Village on Iveti Hills, Machakos County. She endeared herself to the warriors as she could predict an attack by the Maasai long before they came, giving the Akamba ample time to prepare for defence. Besides predicting the attacks, Syokimau would also pray and offer sacrifices on behalf of the Akamba warriors whenever they were about to go to war with their neighbours. Syokimau in Athi River is named after her.



Syokimau Avenue - Machakos

2. Mama Ngina Street – Nairobi


Mama Ngina Street is named after Ngina Kenyatta, popularly known as “Mama Ngina”. She is the former First Lady of Kenya and is the widow of the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta. She is also the mother of the current Kenyan President, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

Mama Ngina street - Nairobi


3. Pamela Jelimo road – Kapsabet

Pamela Jelimo

Pamela Jelimo road is named after Pamela Jelimo. She is a Kenyan middle-distance runner, specialising in the 800 metres. She won the gold medal in this event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing at the age of 18. She was first Kenyan to win the Golden League Jackpot and is also one of the youngest women to win an Olympic gold medal for Kenya.

4. Mama Ngina Drive – Mombasa

Mama Ngina Drive is named after Ngina Kenyatta.

Mama Ngina drive - Mombasa


5. Tegla Lorupe Road – Nairobi


This one is named after Tegla Chepkite Lorupe. She is a retired long-distance track and road runner and a global spokeswoman for peace, women’s rights and education. Lorupe is a 3 time world half-marathon champion, a 2 time world marathon champion. Lorupe was also the first woman from Africa to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice. She has also won marathons in London, Boston, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Berlin, Rome among others.

Tegla Lorupe Road - Imara Daima, Nairobi


6. Karen road – Nairobi

Karen Blixen

Karen road is named after Danish author,poet and farmer, Karen Blixen. Karen is best known for the book ‘Out of Africa’, her account of living in Kenya, which was later adapted into a highly acclaimed movie. The Karen Blixen Museum was established in 1985 to commemorate her life. The Nairobi suburb Karen is named after her.

Karen Road - Nairobi


7. Catherine Ndereba Road – Embakasi, Nairobi

Catherine Ndereba

This one is named after Catherine Nyambura Ndereba who is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. She is also a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon. Ndereba broke the women’s marathon world record in 2001, running 2:18:47 at the Chicago Marathon.

Catherine Ndereba Rd, Embakasi, Nairobi


8. Tubman Road – Nairobi

Harriet Tubman

Tubman Road is named after Harriet Tubman who was an American civil rights activist and humanitarian.

Tubman Road


Couldn’t establish who exactly the roads below were named after

9. Rosslyn Slaughter road – Ruaka Town, Kiambu

Rosslyn Slaughter road - Ruaka Town


10. Aoko Road – South B, Nairobi

Aoko Road - South B


11. Mweni Road – Nairobi

Mweni Road - Nairobi


12. Wambui Road – Nairobi

Wambui Road - Nairobi


13. Mumbi Road – Nairobi

Mumbi Road


14. Mumbi Road, Nyeri

Mumbi Road, Nyeri

Mumbi Road, Nyeri