Nairobi: A Young and Bustling City

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Central business district and skyline of Nairobi. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. August 11, 2013 (Steven Bostock/Shutterstock)

The target of the Al Shabaab attacks—the Westgate Mall—is a popular destination not only for well-off Kenyans, but also for expats and international tourists. Among those killed last weekend were the Ghanaian poet and former ambassador Kofi Awoonor, and the nephew of the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

The mall itself is located in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. It's the youngest big city in the region, and also one of the fastest growing.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution and currently serves as advisory board member of the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He explains the history and layout of the city, and why these attacks reverberated so painfully across the city.


Mwangi Kimenyi

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

This was a completely insane act, breaking the laws of God and man, no way to make sense of it, no need to.

Sep. 24 2013 03:21 PM

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