The Kikuyu are a Bantu people inhabiting East Africa. They are the largest ethnic group in Kenya, and speak the Bantu Kikuyu language as a mother tongue. The term Kikuyu is the Swahili form of the proper name and pronunciation of Kikuyu, although group members refer to themselves as the Agĩkũyũ.
There are about 5,300,000 Gĩkũyũ people in Kenya (1994 I. Larsen BTL), equal to about 23% of the country's total population. This just slightly higher than the entire population of Norway