Love it or hate it Nairobi is the place to be in Kenya. It is the capital city but more then that it is home to millions, some born there but majority emigrants to the city. I am one of the lucky few who was born here and have had the privilege of seeing the city grow and bloom into what it is today.
Nairobi is an inspiration to me. It inspires my poetry and my short stories. You could say it is my muse. But like any relationship me and Nairobi have had our issues. It is never a perfect situation but she makes me so proud. I love Nairobi.This is where I was born and if God wills it I will die here. I have made friends here, grown up in a family here. Nairobi has a beautiful side. I have written about my relationship with Nairobi – Married to Nairobi!. Nairobi has a slightly dark side – Nairobi Half Life! https://potentash.com/nairobi-life-poem/. Nairobi is a great place to be and it is going places. Nairobi is like a woman.
Nairobi is a woman, Nairobi can be soft, Seduce you with her hospitality. She will welcome you with open arms, Let you into her home, And make you one of hers. It doesn’t matter where you came from, Nairobi adopts you and makes you part of her family. Nairobi is fun, She knows how to dance and play, She will dance the Rhumba with you, But she is also gangster she can rap, Nairobi is your family, She will give you a place to call home, Allow you to bring up your children in her comforting arms. She is a mother, She will feed you, But she will also discipline you, She doesn’t want jokers here, To live here and enjoy her pleasures, You have to work, Nairobi is not for the lazy. Nairobi can seduce you, With her pleasures, The bars, the food, the night life. Nairobi is a high, She can make you soar the skies. She is fortune, If you are lucky you may get to experience that side of her, But you have to hustle, She doesn’t give up her riches for free. But she is jealous, She doesn’t like competition, She wants to own you, All of you, she doesn’t want to share you. Nairobi has culture, She is a melting pot of all the cultures of Nairobi, You will find the beautiful blend, Of all cultures here, The food, language, clothing, etc. Nairobi makes us one, Because we all belong to her, She doesn’t have a favorite, She embraces both her natural children, And adopted children as well. Nairobi is generous and loving, She is a woman, a mother, Who loves and shelters, Nairobi is an African woman, Welcoming to all who visit her house.
What is your Nairobi personality? Do you love or hate Nairobi? Is Nairobi home or just a place you pass through?
Potentash Founder. A creative writer. The Managing Editor at Potentash. Passionate about telling African stories and stories about the inclusion of minorities. Find me at email@example.com.
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