The London… and Nairobi, they will NEVER show you

The London… and Nairobi, they will NEVER show you

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Dailymail, a UK publication the other day ran a story: The brutal reality of life on Nairobi’s streets: The pictures that reveal the hardships of Kenya’s capital where gun crime is rife and young girls are forced to turn to prostitution. 

Interestingly, it was published at a time when Nairobi was hosting one of the most iconic leaders of our time, Pope Francis. The timing of the negative pictorial was of course meant to water down the City’s successful hosting of the Pontiff and it made Western readers, a majority from UK happy. They were happy to call Kenya a basket case, calling Nairobi the most dangerous city and practically saying we need to be re-colonised to get any sort of progress, or happiness.

URL:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3333692/The-brutal-reality-life-Nairobi-s-streets-pictures-reveal-hardships-Kenya-s-capital-gun-crime-rife-young-girls-forced-turn-prostitution.html#ixzz3smEvzPbd

It is a fact that Nairobi is not perfect. It has got it’s share of problems, just like any other City. However, crime, drugs, prostitution is worse in most of the Western cities than it will ever be in Nairobi. We are amateurs when it comes to those vices. 

Unlike what the West populace would like us believe, there is more strife on their polished streets than there is on the backstreet of Nairobi, or Dar es Salam, or Kampala. To prove this point, here is a compilation of pictures to show you the London they never show you as well as the Nairobi they never show you.

DISClAIMER: BUILD254 does not own the pictures used and does not intend to profit from their usage. Credit goes to respective owners. 

THE LONDON THEY NEVER SHOW YOU

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This is not a street in Nairobi or Accra…it is London itself, but would they want you to see this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…and neither is this. Still in London…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And getting bloody is not exclusive to African cities…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 bedroom, Ksh3 million in 3 weeks -the Koto magic

 

 

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It can get crammed too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let not the British cops' medieval looks fool you, they can be brutal, just like our very own, but will they acknowledge that?
Let not the British cops’ medieval looks fool you, they can be brutal, just like our very own, but will they acknowledge that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question: Do you think these girls in the streets of London are going for a Bible study? Justify your answer...15mks
Question: Do you think these girls in the streets of London are going for a Bible study? Justify your answer…15mks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And these?

Thought we were done with this sort...
Thought we were done with this sort…

Now, if the mean police don't get you, these idiots will. But, the streets of London are spotless...
Now, if the mean police don’t get you, these idiots will. But, the streets of London are spotless…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, these are people, spending the night on corridors, and you still think you got it rough in Nairobi?
Yes, these are people, spending the night on corridors, and you still think you got it rough in Nairobi?

Homelessness has little respect for anyone...
Homelessness has little respect for anyone…

 

 

Not gender...
Not gender…

Not age...
Not age…

In fact, the 'sophisticated' and 'civilised' cities are meanest to their elderly...
In fact, the ‘sophisticated’ and ‘civilised’ cities are meanest to their elderly…

You age, you are thrown into a home full of strangers or the street bench...
You age, you are thrown into a home full of strangers or the street bench…

Your family that 'feels sorry' for the 'poverty' in African cities would not be bothered with the inconveniences of caring for their elderly...
Your family that ‘feels sorry’ for the ‘poverty’ in African cities would not be bothered with the inconveniences of caring for their elderly…

This is affluence, a side Londoners will overlook while pointing fingers...
This is affluence, a side Londoners will overlook while pointing fingers…

And when winter hits, you've got to walk under your bed...
And when winter hits, you’ve got to walk under your bed…

Yet, according to DM et al, such desolate pictures can ONLY be found in cities like Nairobi
Yet, according to DM et al, such desolate pictures can ONLY be found in cities like Nairobi

They walk past but surprisingly do not see the mess right in front of them...
They walk past but surprisingly do not see the mess right in front of them…

But isorait!...
But isorait!…

 

 

 

 

 

THE NAIROBI THEY NEVER SHOW YOU

It is true that our cities are plagued with their own sort of problems, just like any other. But does the Western media has to only focus on that? Nairobi, for example is an amazing city and below is evidence…

Contrary to what DM et al would like their readers believe, Nairobi is not made up of three huts and a jungle...
Contrary to what DM et al would like their readers believe, Nairobi is not made up of three huts and a jungle…

 

 

 

 

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It is a beautiful city that, yes, runs on electricity…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is beautiful during the night...
It is beautiful during the night…

 

 

 

 

 

And even under the sun's glare...
And even under the sun’s glare…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those are water lilies floating on the man made lake at Uhuru Park...
Those are water lilies floating on the man made lake at Uhuru Park…

 

 

 

 

And yes, you can enjoy boat rides on it...
And yes, you can enjoy boat rides on it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...or you can just soak in the purple awesomeness
…or you can just soak in the purple awesomeness

 

 

 

 

If you look over the lioness' back, you can see the city outline. Yes, we are guarded by Simba and co.
If you look over the lioness’ back, you can see the city outline. Yes, we are guarded by Simba and co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And giraffes at Nairobi National Park can pose for a picture
And giraffes at Nairobi National Park can pose for a picture

 

 

 

 

 

And our girls are beautiful, I mean really beautiful..
And our girls are beautiful…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean really beautiful..
I mean really beautiful…

 

 

 

 

If you care to share this with Americans, we don't sleep on trees...
If you care to share this with Americans, we don’t sleep on trees…

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get an awesome apartment in a gated community...
You can get an awesome apartment in a gated community…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...or if your pocket allows, you can get an amazing villa...
…or if your pocket allows, you can get an amazing villa…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in any of the numerous outstanding neighbourhoods...
in any of the numerous outstanding neighbourhoods…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...or book into some astonishing lodges...
…or book into some astonishing lodges…

 

 

 

 

 

to those who said Nairobi hasn't moved an inch since they left it 50 years ago...I say we have built a few stuff...
to those who said Nairobi hasn’t moved an inch since they left it 50 years ago…I say we have built a few stuff…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our highways may not be as huge as yours but we do not need them your size...
Our highways may not be as huge as yours but we do not need them your size…

 

 

 

 

 

As I said, we are not in competition with your cities...
As I said, we are not in competition with your cities…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They take us from A-B...
They take us from A-B…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our buildings have grown taller too...
Our buildings have grown taller too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not anywhere as tall as yours but they serve our purpose...
Not anywhere as tall as yours but they serve our purpose…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And they are beautiful, may I add...
And they are beautiful, may I add…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but the most amazing thing about Nairobi…and African cities in general…it is HER PEOPLE…

We are a bunch of amazingly happy people...
We are a bunch of amazingly happy people…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your sympathies are misdirected because our laughter is genuine...
Your sympathies are misdirected because our laughter is genuine…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You need a smile, we give you one...
You need a smile, we give you one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is not a face of material wealth, it is a face of genuine happiness
That is not a face of material wealth, it is a face of genuine happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really, we are a jovial lot...
Really, we are a jovial lot…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It starts at an early age...
It starts at an early age…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask POTUS, he recently discovered what he has missed for 50 years...
Ask one Obama, he recently discovered what he has missed for 50 years…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are playful too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodative...
Accommodative…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative...
Creative…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our wild animals...
We love our wild animals…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...are proud of our cultures...
…are proud of our cultures…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And fiercely patriotic...
And fiercely patriotic…

 

…point is, Africa has her challenges, but that is not all there is in the continent. There is more good than bad. But foreign media chooses to report on just the bad. It just is not fair. Travel and experience. KENYA HAKUNA MATATA!

91 Comments

  1. Thanks for putting thing back into perspective.

    1. That’s what I’m talking about, kenya is beautiful come see for yourself don’t believe the media

  2. That DM article was brutal, it’s sad what the media has become.

    1. I like your true story about London & Nairobi…
      The west though they are our big brothers & sisters need to wake up to the reality of Africa today not just the history of yesrday because even themselves have their share of yesterday’s and today’s..
      Thank you All..

  3. Oh! Nairobi is awesome. The world we live in is lopsided. We need to recall that all of us are human beings, and seek after ways that respect human dignity…reject practices that foster arrogance in men and make the world what it is meant to be, a home for all of us.

  4. Thank you for giving a detailed and true scenario of how biased the international media is, when covering storied about our beautiful city, Nairobi. Thank you too, for revealing their ugly side that they try so much to conceal. I hope those in doubt have learned something.

  5. Couldn’t be put any better . Bravo!

  6. Very soon, the west will wake up to realise that Africa had moved on, leaving them with their skewed perceptions. Africa is the continent of hope that will give the world what it has needed most- humanness and genuine love and joy! Ask POTUS and the Pope!

  7. Recolonized? What a backward retrogressively myopic word from a ‘developed’ Londoner….

  8. Boniface Macharia

    Now that’s the Nairobi I know and would love to share!!, as for its shortcomings,they are not exclusive to us,show me a city without crime,the poor,hate and any other manner of evil and I guarantee you, that you will not see it with your mortal body,it’d have to be heaven. However in our own small ways Nairobians,let us try and make a little heaven,because we can.

  9. I hope this drives the point home…oh..you forgot to give them the magical view of the kidero grass..its a real beauty.welcome to Nairobi.

  10. Wow I love this….. It is awesome. I went to New York two years ago and saw a white man rammaging a gabbage can. We call them mapipa. It surprised me. I went to New Jersey inner cities and what I saw with the youths was soul stopping…..drugs, crime, teenage parents, homelessness, etc etc …….yet our Kenyan are always complaining thinking that Kenya can be a USA. I appreciate we can do better to reduce the suffering that bedevils ours cities but let them not cheat you… They could be worse than us. Please remembered to post pictures of our Kenyan athletes, Kogalo footballers, mpesa and other innovations, great entrepreneurs, etc, etc, etc

  11. To u westerners or whoever u call youself..africa is a blessed continent wth its own heritage n culture..we dnt need ur critucism cz they dont help us but only for to dimish us..we stand toll n protected..keep to ur As cz we r contended with our Bs..soon will colonise you so that u too can enjoy our affairs which l see your really pushing to be part of..it seems ur not conted wth our best we gave you..president Barrack Husein Obama..we are coming to u..eh..its sounds funny to u..watch out..aAFRICA WE RISE@mind your As

  12. In all the answers to western media brutality, you have not even touched on our flora and fauna!

    1. Well, this country is so blessed that what we had space for accounts for less than .1% of the beauty. We’ll do more, that’s for sure

  13. Asante sana kwa maandishi na picha kweli najivunia kuwa mkenya.

  14. Thanks for this piece, and Kenyans need to appreciate what we have and stop
    complaining all the time.
    Media houses if you don’t have goodnews for us just keep a low tone. We all have to contribute in building our country.
    Politics will never get us anywhere we need to focus on the things that make Kenya Great.
    God Bless Kenya.

  15. its so sad and unfair what attimes is out there about our beautiful nation. Whatever did Africa do to deserve such negativity as was seen even during the papal visit? That was not right. If the west cant show beauty of Africa as well, then let us show case without being put down. sio compe

  16. And I hope you emailed it to the Dm Md.

  17. This is well said I always tell my people don’t take anything 4 grated sell the best of you country our media av played the worst of selling our beautiful country Europe expecially London crime is so high but u will never see it in the news am very proud to be African but most of all iam a kenyan I will never trade my identity

  18. thats an amazing one brother lets show and appreciate what we have wether good bad coz its ours bravo!!

  19. Jackie Rwibasira

    I love this. We need to show them the beauty of Africa.

  20. Its a bit of a tall poppy syndrome at play against our lovely city in the sun Nairobi. I have never been to London but from what I read and hear, it isnt a city I would want to live in. They think being a first world city is all that how mistaken they are. Lest to mention their horrible gloomy cold weather.

  21. Amazing piece about Nairobi and Africa at large. We are all fearfully made, but the media has a negative report about Africa and specifically Nairobi. We should be optimists

  22. Actually this article is entirely pointless. The writer of the article on Nairobi did mention that a minority of Nairobians enjoyed wealth, before proceeding to list a litany of the ills plaguing Nairobi. None of these ills were a fabrication, it must be said.
    The thing you need to understand is that 60% of Nairobi’s population lives in slum dwellings. That’s 60%! Life for these people, trapped in abject poverty, vulnerable to wanton violence by criminals and the police (there being little difference between the two) is not anything you would like to imagine…and perhaps that is why the author of this article would sit down and pen an utterly superfluous piece capped with hakuna matata (the worst kind of escapism if there was any).
    Ladies and gentlemen, kuna matata, na si haba.
    If someone points out this matata to you, it would be delusional (at the very least) on your part to go on the defensive and claim that your city is in fact the most beautiful on earth and that you’re being maligned, while casting aspersions on the person.
    NAIROBI IS A MESS. This is a fact we must accept if we’re ever going to make things right again. The fact that other cities have problems too does not detract in any way from this fact.

    1. Joginder our city has its mess, lots of it. But there is also a lot to be proud of. There is no perfect city, each has its ills. For long, we have been conditioned to look down on our own. West wants us to believe that everything Africa is bad: colour, culture, heck, they even decided that the measure of beauty is by their women (a point I strongly disagree with). Our city has its issues, but so do theirs and its time we shaped through which lens we look at our own. Proudly Nairobian!

    2. Super…..Proudly Kenyan

    3. You could leave and never come back. Try India maybe or try making Kenya better other than wholesale agreement with a stranger’s assessment of the land you call home

    4. Thank goodness for the perspective sir…..it isn’t about us v them anymore….kitukulacho ki nguoni mwetu….we know what holds us back….insecurity, unemployment, lack of proper planning, tied nicely with a ribbon of corruption and ignorance….all within our means to solve, and all independent of what the while fellas say/don’t say about us….

    5. Dear mr singh, there is a good proverb in kiswahili that say a monkey will laugh at another monkeys bottom while it cannot see its own. Am proud to be African and I do embrace this fact without reservations. I love Kenya and it problems cause they remind me that am human. Most of the time its not perfect but I would not dream to change it for anything. I would hate to be a refugee at this time in Europe the homeland of ‘Civilisation’. Their behaviour towards their fellow human is what makes Kenya a paradise. We have never treated refugee with such cruelty, Selfishness and lack of respect to human dignity. I would rather sleep hungry than be this lot of people.

    6. Why don’t you go back to India? Who said the people who live in slum are there because of civil war?u must be one ignorant Indian. Oh how I wish u can go and try help ur ancestral home India to curb crime of rape and clean some slum and educate about caste bullshit.we might have our problems but it doesn’t mean we are at verge of all evil things .in matter of fact Nairobi is safer than Chicago,Baltimore,new Delhi etc .so if u have nothing positive about Kenya u are free to leave

      1. All the problems making Sub-saharan Africa a backwater are embodied in the attitude of this man.
        When you fall ill where do you go? India… and that’s to PUBLIC hospitals in India! which is to say that these public hospitals are better that the best private hospitals in Kenya. Where does the world look to for affordable drugs? India. These things didn’t come about by chance, but by sustained investment in the health sector.
        India has a vibrant manufacturing industry while Kenya continues to de-industrialize, importing cheap plastics from Asia and exporting primary agricultural products…50 years after independence.
        My friend, Kenya has big problems. Health, infrastructure, Education, Industrialization, you name it…it’s all a shambles. Images of wild animals and shuka-clad tribesmen have been used to sell this country for very, yet the people living in Mukuru kwa Njenga will never see a lion, except perhaps on TV (with power illegally tapped by criminal gangs). Kenya is not a sleeping giant, but a sick one, in fact a dying one. You NEED to realize this in order to take corrective measures.
        If this country does not take concrete measures to get back on track in the next five to ten years, it might well remain underdeveloped for the foreseeable future.

        1. #Joginder, your counter argument tells nothing new. It’s not the first time that Kenyan problems are document. The point is, this is nothing unusual. It is not a special KE problem. It’s the same problem that can found in countless African and Asian countries, South America… and more importantly, in the self-righteous West. If we have to tell the story, let us tell both sides.
          Secondly, we can point to the slums all we want but assuming every slum dweller is miserable is naive. There are people who live in slums by choice. Most are in transition. Neither does it mean slum dwellers are lesser happier. I have worked in these slums. One thing I know is that in the streets of Nairobi, you can barely pick a slum dweller. Making them the obvious markers of misery is condescending.
          But hey, you can choose your story. But know it will be challenged. That’s the beauty of it.

        2. Joginder… Besides COMPLETELY shredding the morale of nairobians.. Which I agree with them that it’s always important to remind yourself and others that the thorns on your rose stem doesn’t make it any less of a flower. You do have some real and strong factual points there. Which if looked into and embraced.. Will send us sky rocketing into a different level altogether. Cheers.

        3. Mr. Singh. You still miss the point again. Seven after reading all the redirecting’s messages from fellow kenya. It make me conclude you are biased and very ignorant. The point of this article was to show the other side of Kenya. We are not just a sorry state like they would like to believe. We are a strong, peaceful and loving nation, That has been blessed immensely. We acknowledge out weak point but we are not defined by them. We are much more. And FYI Kenyan don’t go to India cause of better health care it’s because of cheaper health. Get the difference. Otherwise all the procedure done in hospitals in India can be secured right here but it will break you bank. Go through your research again. Living in the slums is not a measure of how people are miserable. You can own everything under the sun but be the most unhappy people. All the wealth London brag of was plundered from African countries in the name of progress. They stole that wealth if my history serves me right. They stand tall on the forced labour of men and women from this countries they call unsafe. They used labourers from India to build railways that were used to steal our gold, diamond and any mineral they would get their hands on. Remember your history cause the great united kingdom did alot of aweful things to build their wealth.

    7. So mr Sigh what was the point of the dailymail article just when the pope was visiting Kenya? As yes Nairobi got its own mess something that is always discussed and always on the media year in year out hence the question how are we in denial of the problems in our own backyard yet we already acknowledge them? What is the main intent of a foreign news outlet to documents our problems yet they have their own to deal with if its not malice? I guess you too ignorant to these points coz you just as foreign as those daily mail guyz.

    8. Joginder, which city whose streets are paved with gold, pray tell, do you live in? I dare say you doth protest too much! Nairobi has grown in leaps and bounds….Kenya is just around 50 years old….compare Kenya to the so called “sophisticated” cities when they were the same age. …a comparison must not compare apples and oranges and then claim to achieve its purpose. What was going on wherever you live at age 50? Possibly bloody civil wars, slavery, Viking battles…..Let’s call a spade a spade and give credit where it’s due..

  23. This is an excellent response. I hope those who have been ignorant since birth will see this and open their eyes to reality

  24. awesome stuff..

  25. Should we refer to them as”Alien journalists” data content should be verified by Authentic GOK firms before publication.
    That would aid potray clear picture of our devolution since colonization.

  26. Great work. Britons, leave Kenya alone. Every city has its share of the bad side. It smells worse when it’s London.

  27. I love how you how you have put it, these western media are becoming too Jealous

  28. Well done article to counter the negative vibes of Eurocentric journalism. In my opinion we should kick out western media and give our own narrative of our story. If they need a story, we’ll give it to them. Until the day we own it, they will continue writing the same garbage and all we do is scream on Twitter how unfair they are.

  29. Show this to London and US media and dare them to publish openly

    1. Ofcourse they cant 🙂

  30. Wonderful piece, i agree that there is always two sides of a coin, the western media is always quick to paint africa in a bad light but in reality every city has its pros and cons, great work.

  31. Well prepared article.A baboon will always laugh at the other’s backside, forgetting that they both have backsides. Proud to be Kenyan. Next time Mr. Editor, please do not forget our beautiful sunny beaches. Hakuna matata!

    1. Yes, and as they look at the half that’s empty, we shall continue to thank God for the half that’s full. It’s time we shaped what we and the world views of us.

  32. That’s the best description ever. Nairobi is much better in some instances than London and other Western cities. Our land is natural, filled with beauty and goodness of the people.

  33. you know you’re worse than everybody else when u parade others weakness to make you feel better about yourself…thanks for this article..puts everything to perspective… now let’s share

  34. Africa is the best place to be…kenya hakuna matata.

  35. Thank You! Somebody had to put it as it is……

  36. Worry not, Daily Mail reports on Africa are done by armchair journalists. Excellent pictorial!

  37. Good article. Amazingly these westerners mudslinging us are the same people who work in cahoots with some of our greedy leaders to steal from us. Shame on them and shame on some of the hyenas among us

  38. Truly Kenya to be proud be of. Born brought up live and works for kenya.

  39. Am so proud of my country and i also get so hurt when they only publish negative stuff about my country.Yes we have our faults,but our goodness makes us what we are.Najivunia kuwa Mkenya!!!

  40. I feel so happy when I read articles /comments from fellow Kenyans on how great our country really is. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Keep it up guys.

  41. byron timothy ouma

    thank you for reminding me why i love my home kenya coz despite the hardships there’s no place i’d rather be. KENYA HAKUNA MATATA

  42. share this article widely. i just hate it when journalists start this kinda thing. why would they do this? jealousy or to boost ratings of their publications.? and to that ungrateful person who doesn’t appreciate the strides Kenya is making as a country-nkt.

    Daily mail can micro-investigate their own city, they will come up with their own dirt in the city. I am sure the author of this post didn’t have to go too far to find those pics of peeps suffering in london. I am patriotic to my country…with its plethora of problems. i just have to leave it better for the sake of my children.

  43. Tribalism is the root cause of corruption and only tribal bigger heads via government aided policy in business aids the accrue for themselves and their cronies. London has an even opportunity framework for their citizens as opposed to the Nairobi they don’t show. The pictorial photoshop should not dissuade you. The tribal politricks and cocoons is pathetic. The business environment is controlled by the mafia with old money as well as thieves on cautiously and steategically waiting to pounce on good hearted investors with hard earned money and or lifelong savings. They say. “Nairobi has it’s owners” be careful

  44. This is a good article, to begin with, it is important to admit that there exists both heavenly and murky aspects of Kenya and Britain and off-course their respective capital city.

    However, I beg to differ with the tone and timing of the article. It does not long for one to realize that it is an act of revenge, either against the writer of “The brutal reality of life on Nairobi’s streets: The pictures that reveal the hardships of Kenya’s capital where gun crime is rife and young girls are forced to turn to prostitution,” mailonline or our former European masters.

    You see, such articles which reflect the truth should not be over-shadowed by political theatrics and defense antics. They should rather be a point of reflection and catalyst for capacity building and policy development to address the current shortcomings.

    It is a shame, that as Nairobi has embarked on immense infrastructural development, it has negated or turned a blind eye against people development, especially the poor, orphans and those with disabilities.

    The writer, alternatively, could have used the article as a point of reference in calling our leaders in action. Then in 2, 3, or 5 years time, when this has been changed. Then it would be prudent to shame others and boast of our hallmarks.

    But still, tonight, and maybe several other nights to come; someone is going to be a victim of gun violence, forced by prevailing circumstances into prostitution and resolve to crime. This will change, only if we have the right dialogue.

  45. oh i love this article..everyone in should read it

  46. Great piece there!! The western media is a shame to civilisation!!, they only portray negatives about Africa. I am in the US and trust me there are so many negative issues here that dont make it to international media. Kenya is way better in many ways and I miss beeing home each and every day…I was more happy there and cant wait to come back

  47. I have lived in both cities.. and everything i had in mind is in this perfect article! Nairobi is beautiful, cant even imagine going and living else where.
    Africa Is Blessed and Beautiful and we Africans Know it!

  48. Well put, let the media house start being professional

  49. truth is that europeans have never wanted thier former colonies to do better than @ the time they were given independence,thats why african counyries are always kept @ a certain “stage” with heavy loans & aid organisations always camped in thier countries,casing point former french colonies…..

  50. Yes that beauty and fair. But its worse that even our own African media also do the same about other cities and countries… Some African countries even call other Africans coming from other countries; they are from Africa …lools

  51. What does Joginder have to say about punlic mass rapes of girls and women in India? Yes India may have the ‘smarts’ in tech and medicine but it’s gender issues (among other problems) cannot be conveniently swept under the rug simply because we go to Indianh hospitals. Kenyans may very well attend these hospitals but someone please tell Joginder that we are cash paying patients and not there on charity!

  52. We love our country so much no matter what we would not wish to live in another city nai ina wenyewe sisi period let London burn

  53. I hope they got the article

  54. I love this article, Its is what it is and it will remain that way, #I_LOVE_KENYA HakunaMatata.

  55. Brilliant! how can one not love this article. I think everybody needs to share this. Made me fall in love with Nairobi all over again

  56. George Mutinda Mkenya

    given a choice….live in nairobi or london???….i wouldnt even think twice…..NAIROBI ANY DAY OR NIGHT!!!

  57. Am proud to be Kenyan…
    No matter what it takes, i would still choose Kenya, its my home, its my everything, Ask POTUS and you will understand.
    Thanks for reaffirming to them.

  58. I wanna live and die in Afrika…. Ask Sauti Sol… Kenya is soooo pretty meeen

  59. …no one understands and appreciates the centrality of Africa as a shaped of The Earth’s history and progress than the Caucasians themselves! From being the cradle of mankind to laying the foundation for the civilization and enlightenment of Europe as a whole, the whites cannot stomach the reality that just as it was a few centuries before Christ when their fore bearers would troop to Egyptian centres of knowledge to gain enlightenment, the tides are gathering again and Africa is positioning itself to reclaim its glory which, unfortunately, was violently stripped from her against her will! I believe all these attempts at tarnishing Nairobi’s and by extension Africa’s is a well orchestrated move to intimidate, threaten and cajole the continent into submissiveness; an outdated, moth-eaten and utterly irrelevant strategy, which is destined to fall flat.

  60. Joginder,you seriously cannot compare Kenya with India! Why did Vasco da Gama have to spend all that energy,time,risk and money to travel to India as early as 15th Century?Can you compare 500+ years of apparent space to grow and develop to just 50+ years?
    What if we minted real money from underground like the Middle East,Russia,America et al in form of free minerals in abundance! Where would we be,corruption and tribalism notwithstanding?
    We may not be technologically at their levels(read 500 years of trial and error) but we have our dreams,visions,impetus and the luxury to outdo them comparatively!
    Our warm nature of inclusivity and the Mpesa success.We shall do it and can,with time…and optimism.Proud Kenyan.

  61. Good job. This is the kind of positive reporting that will help us solve those problems that our cities face and still enjoy the beauty that kenya has in store for us. Nice work keep it up.

    1. The page has been re-updated, sorry for the downtime…

  62. SSEKAJOOLO MATHEW

    THIS IS AFRICA !!!!!!

  63. I ve been to a few cities on this globe but i must confess, Nairobi is one of the most beautiful places on earth and Kenya is Paradise

  64. I looooooooooooooove this piece. The whole world needs to see this 🙂 🙂 😉

    1. Yes it needs to Shirlene…and thanks!

  65. Africa is the worlds most beautiful continent. Every place has its pros and cons, but our pros well outnumber the cons. Our problems are no different from others’, but we have the advantage of living in a raw unpolluted beautiful atmosphere to fight and solve those problems. We are not in any race with the rest of the world. We are moving at our own pace and enjoying it tremendously. I will be forever thankful to my forefathers to have chosen to come to Africa.

  66. Then,why are plane loads seeking visa to go live in London from kenya? Such a thought is too high for me to understand and Makes my mind spin.

    1. It’s because the media has portrayed their cities as ‘heavens’, but when majority of these folks get there, they discover you live better earning 50,000 bob in an African city than making 300,000 in London. We have our flaws, but we shouldn’t let other people keep on emphasizing them…

  67. I really like this article becaus it speaks volumes.
    It is certainly amazing that some people in the West still believe that Africa is a country and that we still live on trees. I find this very disrespectful and a question to their education. Because in this modernised world, each individual try to learn about anothers culture to learn how to appreciate it and what not yet some(western individuals) have set it in their minds to think soo lowly of us(Africans) and this I find very disresoectful nd a pure demonstration of high illiteracy.
    I love Kenya although I am Ghanaian anf from stories I have heard from my Kenyan friends, Kenya is a lovely place.
    Nothing is perfect, we all have our flaws

    1. It is a lovely country Sasha, and so I understand is Ghana. But the West would like us to keep on hating ourselves, that way we are always negative. We have our flaws, but so do they. We need to amplify our positives as we correct the wrongs, yeah?

  68. You’re so awesome! I don’t think I have read a single thing like this before.

    So good to find another person with original thoughts
    on this subject matter. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this
    up. This website is one thing that is needed on the web,
    someone with a little originality!

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