Nairobi became the
capital of Kenya on independence in 1963 and grew rapidly,
perhaps too rapidly as it didn't have the infrastructure to cope
with its exponentially growing population with power cuts and
water shortages still a problem along with inadequate sanitation.
Although Nairobi has a modern city centre with many
attractive features, and a regular tourist attraction, like many
other cities, it has its darker side.
Nairobi is home to tens of
thousands of street children who have contributed to its
nickname 'Nairobbery' and also houses Africa's third largest
slum some three miles from the city centre at Kibera.
Many of those who live in Kibera
(see below) make the daily journey into
Nairobi desperate to make money to support themselves and their
children offering a range of services for the equivalent of just
a few pence a day.
This is far removed from the money flowing in the
city's casino's, theatres and expensive restaurants which offer
a full cosmopolitan menu.