As many of you know, I often have to travel to Nairobi so it occurred to me to tell everyone a little bit about Kenyaâ??s capital city. The name is derived from a Maasai word meaning cold. According to my grandfather, Nairobi was Maasai land before Maasai were reduced to nothing by disease and severe drought that struck the land when his father (my great grandfather) was a young man. My grandfather cannot tell me when that was but he is now aged 87. Some Maasai still live around Nairobi but they have assimilated into other tribes. With increased activities such as business and agriculture, livestock herding is rare to see in and around Nairobi. Those people who do keep animals have had to adapt to modern means of livestock husbandry (like herding cows in a traffic jam). When I took the photos below, I recalled my grandpaâ??s stories.
A drive down Langaâ??ta road (a major thoroughfare in Nairobi) and there are more cows.
I took this close to Nairobiâ??s posh estate Karen.