NAIROBI, Should I Stay or Should I go? By Eva

nairobiThere have been at least three bomb blasts in Nairobi, Kenya in recent months. This is serious and frightening. This no doubt puts off many potential business travelers and tourists, but should it?

Nairobi is known as the safari capital of Africa. The wildlife rich savannah grasslands, diverse wildlife reserves and national parks draw over one million annual visitors.  There are world heritage sites and world-renowned beaches that draw international yachting competitions to Kenya.  Nairobi is also a sophisticated business hub and enjoys status as a regional financial center.  There are over 100 international companies with Africa headquarters in Nairobi. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second oldest exchange on the continent.

Nairobi, like much of Africa has a growing middle class that wants affordable luxuries.  Music clubs pulse with life, shops and markets bustle, and a variety of restaurants are available to suit any taste.  Locals and tourists alike mingle in this cosmopolitan city.

Of course, there is no shortage of beautiful people in Nairobi.  According to People Magazine 2014, the world’s most beautiful person is Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan citizen.

Yes, there is planning involved to side step the worst of the city’s dangers.  However, with that in mind, I can conduct my global business meetings throughout the day, enjoy supper at one of the fabulous Kenyan coffee houses, and go on safari the next day, dance that night away, then tour an art gallery to pick up a memento or two before boarding a flight back home.

Nairobi, should I stay or should I go?  I should definitely go.  And you should too!

Asante Sana!


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