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The fascinating history of how residents named their informal settlements in Nairobi

The fascinating history of how residents named their informal settlements in Nairobi

IN Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, it is estimated that over 70% of the population live in informal settlements. Many of these have a history rooted in colonial policies whereby the “African native” was a temporary resident of the city. Africans could only live in the city as registered labourers. MELISSA WANJIRU-MWITA, Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya As these informal settlements grew over the years, their names – and the names of places within them – have grown to encapsulate their history. Africans were forced to live in dormitory-like working quarters. In spite of these restrictions, some still found their way…
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