The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has more often than not been a mere stopover point for tourists heading off on a safari game trip. But a lively hub from vibrant array of backgrounds including people from 43 different tribes means Nairoibi’s booming creative class is now putting the city firmly on the map.
Among those creating a buzz is filmmaker and renowned storyteller Wanuri Kahiu, who received a standing ovation at Cannes for her recent work Rafiki. She’s also the co-founder of artist collective Afrobubblegum and recommends The GoDown network of artist studios as a must-visit for those in the city.
Elsewhere, model Ajuma Nasanyana is a national symbol for natural beauty and her agency, Ajuma Limited, was set up to increase African representation in fashion. She recommends shopping at the Maasai Market for handcrafted accessories and partying at the Mercury Lounge where diverse music attracts a great mix of locals, expats and visitors.