Isn’t that the case with every developing country?
Nairobi and every African capital city has great skylines but is much different on the ground. Even their CBDs are generally dilapidated and messy. Don't get me started on the suburbs.
Also from what I noticed, in Kenya most business is owned by foreigners or the Kenyan political elite but the latter group has a small share. Right now, Kenya has a lot of projects but like nearly every other African country bar Somalia, will fall to the Chinese debt trap.
To Kenya's credit, I think it is mainly all the business friendly British laws that gave them a boost vs Ethiopia and Somalia who got influenced by incompetent Italians.
There's a good reason Somalis mainly took their money and business to Kenya. Even as a kid I'd hear my aabo and hooyo talking about how Ethiopia and Jabuuti are no-gos for business opportunities whereas Kenya is much more open and good for business.
They speak Swahili, literally the #1 language of Kenya. I think they would vote for +90% to remain with Kenya in a referendum, even if Somalia were more stable.
They are muslims and if I am not mistaken, same as bajunis. They have also assimilated some somalis too. Read somewhere that swahilis feel a little alienated in a predominantly christian country.
Also I just find it little annoying that NFD region does not reach the sea, its kind of landlocked. Lamu is the perfecg cover for reaching the sea
I’ve been to kenya, I’ve lived in nairobi for a year or two and have many eid pics from 2007-2008 eids and I’m seriously impressed with how well some of these places looked.I am assuming you have never been to Kenya.
Muslims aren't oppressed in Kenya like they are in Ethiopia. The Christians there are less militant compared to Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. I highly doubt Lamu Kenyans would want to join Somalia. Why leave a country where you are the cultural elite (original Swahilis) and become a linguistic and cultural minority in another?
I’ve been to kenya, I’ve lived in nairobi for a year or two and have many eid pics from 2007-2008 eids and I’m seriously impressed with how well some of these places looked.
They had beautiful fountains, statues, parks, and even festivals in nairobi and this was more than a decade ago almost 2 decades.
Nairobi is light years ahead of Somali and mogadishu at the very least. I don’t know about the rest of the country but they should be catching up.
I am not hating on Kenya, I have really good friends from there and I have always loved going there but we have put them on a pedestal. Outside Mombasa and Nairobi, the country is vastly different.
Kibera slum (1 million people)
Mathare slum (500,000 people)