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by Jordi Pérez, 18 October 1997
This is the municipal flag of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Nairobi is
the financial and administrative capital province of Kenya, located in
Eastern Africa 1o 17' South, 36o 50' degrees East.
It was founded in the late 1890s when the Kenya-Uganda railway reached
a point at which the indigenous Masai people called Uaso Nyirobi, Masai
term used to mean 'the place of sweet waters'. This is where the
Masai used to bring their livestock to graze and drink water. The 'Green
City in the Sun' came into being due to the railway line that was being
built, and it offered a midway between the famous Indian Ocean port of
Mombasa and Kisumu on Lake Victoria. It was turned into the headquarters
of the historic project designed to open the interior of the region for
increased trade and commerce. From 1899 to 1905 it served as a British
provincial capital. When Kenya gained its independence in 1963, Nairobi
remained the capital city of the new republic marking a new period of rapid
growth which has turned the city one of Africa’s leading regional centres.
The cool weather conditions with little or no extremes are envied all over
the world. It is a large, modern commercial and international business and
tourist centre. There are many churches, mosques and temples where people
of different faiths go to worship. There are restaurants which serve almost
every kind of food, from local dishes to the most exotic. Nairobi is a
major urban centre which boasts of having animal parks with all sorts of
wildlife situated within a few miles from the city centre therefore making
it a lucrative tourist attraction town.
Info from this
Jordi Pérez, 18 October 1997
While watching "Cities of the World - Nairobi" on TV a few days ago I can
confirm that Nairobi does use the flag shown above. On the programme it
was shown twice - once (probably) downtown in the city and once in front of the
City Hall (together with Kenyan flag on separate flagpoles).
Valentin Poposki, 06 Aug 2007
Nairobi Coat of Arms
image from Ralf Hartemink's site.