Despite being a large capital city in Africa in terms of size and its regional role, Nairobi is an unrecognized entity. For the majority of its inhabitants, the capital of Kenya is a transit point rather than a dwelling place. Since its origins, Nairobi has been a city of migrants, more predisposed to their rural roots than to their current city status. It is a non-conforming town, which conceals its urbanity more than it claims it, and whose identity remains evasive. Nairobi presents itself as a mosaic of residential areas which bring to mind the city’s history. The racial segregation that stratified the development of the colonial city has today disappeared, but it has given way to a form of social segregation…
Nairobi is a fragmented city that can be understood in steps. The 13 contributory articles in Nairobi Today thus reveal the city. This is a requirement in order to fully understand what makes Nairobi what it is today.
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