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Kisumu is a Kenyan port city on Lake Victoria; the second largest fresh water lake in the world. It’s the 3rd largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa. World Population Review states that Kisumu is occupied by 216,479 people and the majority are Luos. Below are amazing facts to know about Kisumu.

  • Kisumu is the largest and the only city in the Western region of Kenya it also prides as the second most significant commercial center in the Lake Victoria basin after Kampala in Ugana.
  • The name Kisumu came from the Luo word ‘Sumo’ which means place of trade. Which means that Kisumu began as a place of trade in the early years when the Europeans were still in the country.
  • Kisumu grew into a town when Mombasa railway reached there in 1901. This is to mean that development commenced in Kisumu when the railway construction finally reached there. The railway still functions up to date.
  • The city of Kisumu was initially planned to be constructed where the Kisumu International Airport is currently situated, the area was considered unfit due to the poor soils there and the area was also unfit for the expansion of the city.
  • Kisumu together with Mombasa are the only cities in Kenya which can be accessed by all the four known means of transport in Kenya; road, water, railway, and air.
  • Barclays Bank building in Kisumu in 1956. By then it was the only building in the central square.
Image courtesy, Visit Kisumu
  • Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o is the second Governor of the region, the first governor is Jack Ranguma
Image courtesy, Visit Kisumu
  • While there are very many different food types to be found here, Kisumu is most commonly known for or associated with fish, which is found in plenty and comes from Lake Victoria.
  • Kisumu covers an area of approximately 417 Km². Nearly a third of this, (approximately 120 Km²) is under water.
  • Kisumu’s township’s boundaries were first gazetted in 1902 when its name was changed back to Kisumu.

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