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Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun". Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. With an estimated population of 4 million, Nairobi occupies 684 square kilometres and is currently the 13th largest city in Africa.


Now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially, Nairobi is an established global hub for both business and culture. 

Nairobi began its Sister City relationship with Raleigh in 2014. For questions and inquiries, please reach out to Nairobi Ambassador, Isaac Kuria

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