Welcome to Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. A city of many dwellers. Nairobi has an average population of more than 4 million people and being a metropolitan city, you are bound to meet people from other walks of Kenya on its streets. People in Nairobi have their own shares of struggles to earn a living. If you are in Nairobi, be prepared to experience a lot.
It’s 5a.m. in the morning in the Nairobi’s central business district. People are already on the streets, working on closing the day with at least a penny. The rush tells you that time waits for no man. It’s called survival for the fittest. Life in Nairobi can only be maintained by sheer hard work; waking up early and retiring to bed late in the night lest you go hungry. Nairobi is not for the faint-hearted; it’s for the “soldiers”.
On the streets, you meet very many people, some in matching outfits, going to their offices, some people pulling and pushing carts carrying ferrying belongings. The hawkers are already calling out customers to have some tastes of candies and biscuits. You are also likely to come across crowds gathered staring at early morning gamblers, especially those who believe in “money-doubling”. You are likely to meet the street kids, pulling stunts on each other while sniffing glue and chewing all manner of stuff.
If you are never used to noise, then your stay in this city can be another hell on earth for you. The touts, scrambling to get customers shout the loudest. Talk of the hooting vehicles at the parks and booming music from the several shops. The markets are abuzz, with all sorts of noises. You feel like your head is spinning faster than usual. When you finally leave the central business district, you must catch some painkillers.
In the city, you are going to meet very many heaps of uncollected garbage. The stench coming from the garbage, oozing maggots is unbearable. You have to cover both your noses and mouth and hurriedly walk past the heaps. You might wonder who is tasked to clear such messes but for sure, you won’t ask because nobody is concerned about the filth, people are busy!
Nairobi streets are never safe and lucky are you if you come out of it in full package. There are those hawk-eyed city dwellers who are always ready to pounce on any unsuspecting preys. Believe me, they have an experience that they can tell a new visitor from others. Next time you visit Nairobi, be cautious. The boys work in cahoots and in a split second, you are missing your valuables or in the worst cases, you might loose your own life.
I can’t go without mentioning the explicit side of Nairobi. Sex work is a norm and it’s always on a “willing seller, willing buyer”. The twilight girls will approach everybody. The brothels are in numbers and a room is affordable. Yes, they can be deceiving because of what they wear but one has to be careful. You can end up being a victim of drugging and robbery. Do you know you can find yourself in the streets, roaming naked? If you are new, please be careful. “Ogopa kanairo” (be weary of Nairobi), as dwellers put it.