Nairobi the Capital city of Kenya and a major entry point for Tourist visiting the country. The City has evolved over the years and much has changed. For anyone that was brought up or migrated into this beautiful city in the 80’s they will agree that the city has since changed from a moderate city to quite a cosmopolitan and vibrant city.
The city of the 80’s and 90’s is one that had it systems working, security was okay, we knew our neighbors. Eastlands was actually secure though life was easy and tough there was still something to celebrate. The only media house/ station countrywide was the Voice of Kenya today’s, (V.O.K) Kenya broadcasting Corporation. These were the days that watching cartoon from your neighbor’s house was normal. I mean not everyone could afford that precious black and white television. The lucky ones had to share and hence we got to know just about everyone and everything about each other household. So much was the detail that we knew each households menu. That’s the Nairobi I lived grew up in.
Holidays were nostalgic, play time was the order of the day in my Nairobi’s Eastlands estate it was a pass time for all children alike. For those of us that got a chance to travel upcountry The Machakos Country bus is an icon of this city. The memories of the various buses that ferried us to upcountry are still raw in my mind. There were buses that were well known to ply certain routes like the Jogoo Kimakia (I wonder if this bus still exist) that took me and my family to my central Kenya Shaggs, or the famous Riakanau Bus that took the whole day to get to Embu Town. How times have changed in my city, today we ferry our children by car hire to our upcountry and even those that take public transport have a more efficient and faster mode of transport.
Nightlife and entertainment of my yesterday’s Nairobi goes back to the open cinema that only came to our estate once in a month. It was not only an outing for children but also the adults. For the more sophisticated Nairobi-an there was a chance to watch a movie from a movie hall that only included the Kenya Cinema and The Twentieth century-today’s Imax. These buildings are iconic to my city as for most of us it was our main meeting point for our dates. Not to mention the telephone booth that, were at the GPO and Kencom Buildings. Today my Nairobi has more entrainment spots across the city that offer a variety of entrainment. The movie theaters have since increased and you need not wait for your date outside a certain building. The coming of mobile phones and technological developments has enhanced and changed my city.
There is much to say about my yesterdays and today’s Nairobi, much has improved and with it comes the many challenges. But does that make me dislike my city? Absolutely NOT, I still like and enjoy living in my today’s Nairobi City. It is the hub of information, development, ambitions and hopes are in this beautiful city. What does your Nairobi mean to you? What are you doing to improve on the various challenges that we Nairobi people experience every day?
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