On the second My Nairobi, My city, I asked my little brother to participate. Yes, I’m starting close to home, figured that was the best way to jump into this project. Brian Kamari was born and lives in Nairobi. I caught up with him when we went to the Nairobi International Trade Fair (or the Show) and I pestered him into talking about his views on Nairobi. He describes himself as unique, and definitely loves living in this lovely city of ours.
Elly in Nairobi: Describe your Nairobi? How do you see Nairobi from your perspective?
Brian: My Nairobi is unique. I have a plan to develop where I’m staying and because of that plan, every morning I wake up, I find something to do and make sure it’s finished by the time the sun comes down.
Elly in Nairobi: What is your favorite place/ spot in Nairobi city?
Brian: My home, I love it because it’s the place where I can be most myself.
Elly in Nairobi: How would you describe yourself in Nairobi city?
Brian: When I’m in Nairobi, I’m one part of a grand mosaic. When I walk along the streets of Nairobi, the people who walk past me all have dreams, their own unique qualities; we are brought together in this one city. Each of us makes Nairobi, in our own unique way. If you were to stand above the city, you’d see a mosaic of different people, and I’m one part of that big picture.
Elly in Nairobi: What feeling does Nairobi give you?
Brian: I feel hope. Hopeful because I believe what I choose to do, (farming, building, and business) will succeed and live on to the next generation. Nairobi is growing, spreading out her wings. And to be part of that growth is exciting and I’m full of anticipation.
Elly in Nairobi: How do you feel about your fellow Nairobians?
Brian: That we are all so similar yet so different. What do I mean by that? We’re all living in Nairobi. When it comes to business or shopping, we’re looking for the best deal, working toward living a good life. In that, we’re similar, but we’re also different. I’m different in my attitude. My perspective is different because of my experiences. How I look at things is not the same as the next person even my own family members.
Elly in Nairobi: What is the best thing about Nairobi? What is the Worst?
Brian: The Best is the Energetic People and Culture. As a Nairobian, I have to say we really get into things. Football (soccer), rugby, political rallies, haggling for the lowest price in the market, we are passionate and jump in with all our hearts.
The Worst thing is also the energetic people and culture. I think we’re too curious and easily excited. When there is something major going on, like a big fire or dangerous situation, like a riot, we run to the scene even though having a crowd stops those helping, police, fire fighters from doing their job.
Elly in Nairobi: Tell us more about where you live and how that has changed your view of the city?
Brian: I live on the outskirts of the city, in a place I can only describe as paradise. We have so many trees and plants growing around our house, the birds have moved in. So when you wake up in the morning you’ll hear them singing. A friend came to visit once and heard them, and asked us if we had a background recording. I smiled because those birds living out there make my home so unique. These outskirts of the city are what I think are the best part. It takes me forty-five minutes to get to the main Nairobi city, so I think it gives me the best of both worlds, and has only improved on my positivity on Nairobi.
Elly in Nairobi: What would you tell others about your Nairobi?
Brian: Nairobi ni Kali! (Nairobi is tough) You have to be stronger.
So, there you have it, a new perspective of Nairobi. Next week, there will be more interviews to come, new views. Next, a trip to the Nairobi International Trade Fair.