Okay, here is the scoop on Nairobi so far. It is a perfectly hateful example of the worst humanity has to offer: racism, deep class divisions , and misogyny. A small percentage of foreigners, ex patriots, European, Asian, Middle Eastern descendants and some black Africans living a vaulted lifestyle, driving big cars(on bad roads) living in villas with servants, (virtual slaves) while most people, black Africans, 70 % live in the slums.
Nairobi has the largest slum in the world, Kibiera. 53% of all Africans live in slums, the greatest percent of any continent's people living in slums.
The situation of slum dwellers ranges from pitiful, with no city services, living in sewage, no security, subject to rapes, no latrines, no access to education, to a more middle class kind of poverty with intact families, food, and education up until college and a beautiful community life. One young woman at one of the homes in the slum we visited where the grandfather raised dairy cows told us "How loving people were in the slums." Other parts of the slum were very insecure. (Her grandfather raised his dairy cows in the slum with zero grazing; he went out everyday to harvest grass and a certain kind of green for them that grew near his home by chance. He sold milk from these cows and made enough to pay school fees for primary and secondary school for his granddaughter. He was an amazing person. He couldn't afford college, so his granddaughter was "waiting" to go to college) .
The slums are covered with garbage. There is garbage everywhere.
Wages are low and jobs are scarce. The small percentage of people who get jobs work hard for $5.00 a day, 6 days a week, with no benefits of any kind or rights to decent working conditions; it is virtual slavery. The only reason people do it is because they don't have a choice.
Many people are engaged in small cottage industries that afford them a life in the better part of the slum, called the ghetto. I myself grew up in a ghetto in the United States. I didn't know it was a ghetto but I could feel the oppression and sensed, at an early age, that something was very wrong with a world, where hard working people could not get ahead.
Nairobi is the most hateful city I have ever lived in except for my visits to South Africa where the division and class prejudice and racism is yet worse. Kansas City is bad with its segregation and racism, but Nairobi is yet worse.
I could sugar coat it for you, but the situation is bad and this is pretty much the case throughout East Africa although the class division may be deeper and more striking in Nairobi with all the expatriates living here working for the UN and foreign NGOs.
Climate change is making things worse and one of the factors making livelihoods in the rural areas no longer tenable and forcing people to move to the city. With the industrialized countries only increasing, rather than reducing their emissions which are causing global warming, I predict the situation here is going to get worse, not better.
More people will be forced from rural areas to the cities or die. There are no jobs in the cities and no city services.
What is the root cause of this misery? World domination and exploitation of Africa and Africans, facilitated as well by some Africans getting paid a lot of money for being puppets of the world powers and threatened with assassination and coup's if they don't play their part. The riches of Africa lie in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East and the hands of a small percentage of Africans, while most people here struggle to survive and are used as a cheap source of servant labor.
A small percentage make it out to a solid middle and upper middle class life and others manage to immigrate off this sinking boat. But most will not make it. The picture is bleak for Africa and Africans.