The fascinating history of how Nairobi residents named their slums

Kibera slums

A view of Kibera slums in Nairobi in this picture taken on April 6, 2021.

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

In Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, it is estimated that over 70 per cent 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.


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