Ever Wondered What Nairobi Was In The 50s? Watch This… (Video)

The modern day Nairobi is full of cars and dirt. You also have to watch your back when walking in the streets because you might get mugged anytime.

The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi, which translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. 

Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonialauthorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway.

The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya.

A clip posted by Twitter account ‘Kresearcher’ shows how Nairobi looked like in the 1950s. This was a short while before independence.  Which Nairobi do you prefer? The current one or this one?

Check out the clip.


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