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Mukuru slums

Mukuru is one of the biggest slum in Nairobi, its estimated to be habitat of about 700,000 people in the different village in the slums, it stretches along the Nairobi Ngong river, situated on waste lands in the industrial area of the city between the Outer Ring Road and the North Airport Road and mombasa road, in three different constituencies Embakasi south, Makadara and Starehe constituencies. Mukuru have villages Mukuru kwa Reuben, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Sinai, Paradise, Jamaica, Kingstone, Mariguini, Futata Nyayo and Kayaba.

The slum has been a home of many recognized artists, sports personality, actors and other talents;

Patrick Oboya is one of the most celebrated footballers in Kenya who was born and raised in Mukuru, Kayaba. DJ Peter Adams one of the most famous Dj who had a very big career on KTN and Radio Maisha was born and raised in Mukuru kwa Reuben. Shabu Mwangi and Adam Masava are one of the Kenya fine artists who have exhibited all over the world. Adam Masava has raised kids who have participated and won in various fine arts competition including toyota arts project. U-Tena arts group has been making a change in Mukuru and have gotten to perform in multiple events all over the world and in Kenya.

Mukuru slums as any other slum in the world has been faced by different challenges including crime, drug abuse, prostitution and other challenges that face slums all over the world, but the people of mukuru have been able to continuously fight this challenges and this has enabled many improvement in the community.

In the slums, whole families live, or at least survive, in tiny one-roomed corrugated iron shacks, measuring approximately 3x3mtrs. Very few homes have electricity and up to twenty families might share a communal water tap and toilet latrine.

References

Mukuru slums Wikipedia


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