When you think about Nairobi, the best time you can ever talk of is the night time. In a city where everyone seems to be a night owl, it’s had to highlight the life in this Capital minus the events that happen after the sun set. For starters, Nairobi is the Capital City of Kenya, the only African country capable of loaning a president to the world’s sole remaining super power, the United States of America. Now that we at par history-wise, we can continue. Africa has amazingly beautiful cities, if you have ever had the rare opportunity to visit a few like Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Lusaka Casablanca or even Luanda in down south Angola. Amidst all these, there are very few of them that light up at night, like Nairobi.
Work, parties, events, festivals and any other thing you can imagine of, all are blended to form what is seen as the Nairobi culture. A wise man from the West once noted that Nairobi has more clubs than living apartments. I don’t know how true that is, considering that wise men were known to only originate from the East, I can’t justify it too. What I know however is, Nairobians love to have a good time; it is like their personal responsibility. Now that is the gospel truth.
A cruise around town on a regular night out in Nairobi will interest you. There are themed clubs that offer unique and specific music on every other night. One time you will have a local rock band rolling the night away. Another time it is an old school throwback Thursday or a strictly African themed Tuesday where they jam along to the continents biggest hits. The clubs vary from tiny single counter joints found within the residential places to the really big ones that offer preferential services according to a VIP client’s demand. Here, you will find some of the world’s most expensive liquor brands doing rounds freely like Jesus just turned water into wine and invited all and sundry to come have a drink. The rich kids are out to show the world how best they can (mis)use their parents’ money.
The best part of Nairobi is when a festival is going down such as Blankets and Wine. This always happen on weekends and it can spread all through from Friday to Sunday; a carnival style of party. Festivals revolve around rugby games, holidays or just the simple fact that guys have been working hard for a while and they wanted a good reason to let loose. Most of the festivals are flooded with youths and the teenagers who are more than ready to bare it all. For two to three days, the only meals they consume are roasted meat, alcohol and music, lots of MUSIC. The old adage that music is the fool for the soul practically applies here. This festivals are a special getaway to the young ones who spend most of their daily life trying to grasp the complexity of living in a city that is alive 24 hours each and every day.
Whichever party or festival that goes on in Nairobi, one thing remains though, Nairobians love to have fun. Mad mad fun!