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Former good articleMount Kenya was one of the Geography and places good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
May 18, 2009Good article nomineeListed
April 22, 2023Good article reassessmentDelisted
On this day...Facts from this article were featured on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "On this day..." column on September 13, 2017, and September 13, 2019.
Current status: Delisted good article


The link at the end of the main article to: Mount Kenya Trust page Appears to have nothing to do with the mountain. It is all about credit cards and credit history. Maybe it should be removed.

This seems to have been removed at some point. --Mehmet Karatay 11:53, 12 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

More pictures?[edit]

There is another picture of Mount Kenya available on Commons, Image:Mount Kenya.jpg. Would it fit in this article?--ZorroIII 21:28, 24 October 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think so. One would only have to remove the picture of Fujiyama ("Mt. Kenya as it might have looked at one time") and put a relevant picture in its place. (talk) 15:55, 13 September 2017 (UTC) EricReply[reply]

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I removed " (see the various local names below, some of which are similar). Wangari Maathai tells the following story about the naming: Krapf and Johannes Rebmann asked their guide, a member of the Kamba community, who was carrying a gourd, what they called the mountain, and the guide, believing that the Germans were referring to the gourd, replied ''kĩĩ-nyaa'', which became the name of the mountain and then the country.<ref>{{cite book|title=Unbowed: a memoir|author=Wangari Maathai|publisher=Alfred A. Knopf|p=6|location=New York|date=2006|isbn=0307263487}}</ref>."

This is an excellent example of the kind of reference Wikipedia warns us not to use: it is from a primary source, and in that source the author is telling a story he was told for which he does not have direct evidence. Further there are hundreds of identical stories, e.g. The Wikipedia article kangaroo says, "A common myth about the kangaroo's English name is that it was a Guugu Yimithirr phrase for 'I don't know' or 'I don't understand' "; "In researching [country name] derivations, we discovered countless examples of folk etymology — popular but unscientific, and almost certainly incorrect, attempts to explain the origins of words. Aruba, for example, has been said to take its name from a Spanish phrase, “oro huba,” supposedly meaning “there is gold” — but “huba” isn’t a Spanish word, and the actual translation would be “hay oro.” The Moldova River, for which the country of Moldova is named, is sometimes said to be called that in honor of a hunting dog named Molda that drowned in its waters. For serious etymologists, that dog won’t hunt."[1]

The removed text also does not match the name-origin myth given at Kenya which says it means "ostirch" or "ostirch fethers." Nick Beeson (talk) 17:47, 15 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ Andrews, Colman. "The Surprising Stories Behind 50 Country Names". 24/1 Wall St. 24/7 Wall St., LLC. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

There is something Wikipedia generalised[edit]

You guys generalised that all people of kenya are kikuyu and believe in Ngai,please change that article. (talk) 05:04, 9 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@ "you guys generalised"
how ironic (talk) 17:18, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

GA Reassessment[edit]

Mount Kenya[edit]

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Result: No improvements. ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 01:28, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A 2009 promotion with sourcing issues (reliance on unreliable/out of date sources, significant unsourced material, lacking page numbers) and weird layout. ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 00:20, 14 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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