Nairobi night-time economy roars back to life after the lifting of lock-downs

An entertainment joint in Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the curfew blockade on Mashujaa day October 20 2021 setting the stage for night businesses to pick up the pieces and re-start all over again

By The Weekly Vision Online

You only need to take a walk along the busy streets in Nairobi’s CBD after 9 pm to appreciate that the city’s nighttime economy is roaring back to life after a paralyzing nearly 2 year dusk to dawn Covid-19 related lockdown was lifted by the government.  

The lock-down saw some entertainment joints close shop rendering many people jobless. President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the curfew blockade on Mashujaa day October 20 2021 setting the stage for night businesses to pick up the pieces and re-start all over again. Many have fallen along the way as vagaries of Covid 19 exacted their toll by driving thousands of people out of jobs and virtually closing down the country. That reality is changing and changing rapidly.

From the crowded downtown River road to upscale five-star hotels in the CBD, life has quickly changed as the businesses that open their doors the moment the sun sets in, make a kill!

At the bus station one could easily think that waiters at the 24-hour eateries never sleep, they are forking out food and hot beverages throughout the night as a city survey confirmed. At the busy Muthurwa market, the sun never sets here as eateries are open 24/7. You can be served with steaming ugali and chicken from as early as 3 am since the eateries never close and have to deploy waiters in shifts. 

Along the crowded River road, by 10 pm it’s like day as many go about their businesses with hotels, bars and nightclubs doing roaring business. Mobile coffee hawkers have not been left out moving around selling snacks to residents some waiting to board buses headed to upcountry destinations.

 Shops owners in the CBD have however reported low businesses with most blaming the situation on the prevailing hard economic situation following a prolonged Covid 19 lockdown. 

According to A city trader, this will be the worst pre-Christmas season ever with many shoppers staying away. Due to the high cost of living since many Kenyans are concerned with basic needs like food and transport.

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