Muggings. Carjackings. Thuggery.
These are just some of the adjectives used to describe Nairobi’s Eastlands.
But is this really all that happens in Eastlands? We sought to find out.
Earlier today, we ventured out of our comfort zones and into the heart of Eastlands to break the cliches we’ve heard about the place. Some of us wanted to get police to escort us since we’d be carrying valuable equipment with us. This didn’t work out and in retrospect we’re glad it didn’t. Our vulnerability made our subjects more comfortable with our presence and gladly oblige to have their photos taken.
We started at the garages along Rabai Road where we met many people performing all sorts of repairs to motor vehicles, from panel beating, spray painting, electrical repairs and sale of spare parts.
Next we went to Jericho Market, famous for it’s coffin makers, carpenters and tailors with enough skill to transform your choice of fabric into an attire that you’ll wear proudly to your special event.
A visit to Jericho Estate wouldn’t be complete without a stop over at Camp Toyoyo, the breeding grounds for Kenyan footballers of international fame.
Our last stop for the day was Umoja One Market.