• Arabs begin to settle on the coast and establish trading centers. These trade centers facilitated trade with India, Persia, and the rest of the Arab world.

  • The British East African Protectorate is formed.  

  • East African Protectorate becomes the crown colony of Kenya which is administered by the British governor.

  • State of emergency is declared after a guerrilla group, known as Mau Mau, starts a violent rebellion against white settlers. The rebellion is put eventually put down in 1956 after thousands of Africans are killed.

  • East Africa is hit by the worst drought in 60 years, causing a severe food crisis which, in turn, threatens the lives of millions of people in the region.

  • Oil is discovered in Kenya, which is marked as a major breakthrough for its economy.

  • A statistical reassessment increases Kenya's economy by 25%.

Sources:

BBC News open_in_new
Britannica open_in_new