Nairobi: a.k.a. Home

This week, I want to give an idea of how big Nairobi is. We are not a part of the 3.5 that live in the actual city, but rather part of the metro area’s 6.5 million. According to this list, the Nairobi metro area would be 6th in the United States – between Houston, TX and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Is your city on the list?

rscn2440Lots of things make Nairobi interesting. There is a game parkimg_2460 near the major airport and Africa Nazarene University. We like to visit the Safari Walk there. The big cats are safely seen even by those of us on foot. We like some of the local craft industries. I really like Kazuri Beads. The woman in the picture is stringing the beads to make a necklace. We also like the downtown area, but haven’t visited there recently.

Greg sings with the Nairobi Music Society and I received my family membership card to Nature Kenya in the mail today. We are settlidscn3545ng in, not only to ANU, but to Nairobi as well.

About the mail (just in case …)

— Our address is:

Greg and Amy Crofford, P.O. Box 53067 -00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Pray for us as we continue to learn about our new place to call “home” and as we try to make a difference in our own little corner of it here at ANU.

The butterfly picture was taken on my way from our flat to my office this afternoon. (I love being surrounded by beauty!)

If you look at the list below, you can see that we have lived in other big cities (Abidjan, RCI and Johannesburg, RSA).

Largest Cities In Africa By Population


Nairobi, Kenya – 3.5 million People

Rank Largest Cities In Africa Estimated Metro Population
1 Lagos, Nigeria 21.0 million people
2 Cairo, Egypt 20.4 million people
3 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 13.3 million people
4 Luanda, Angola 6.5 million people
5 Nairobi, Kenya 6.5 million people
6 Mogadishu, Somalia 6.0 million people
7 Abidjan, Ivory Coast 4.7 million people
8 Alexandria, Egypt 4.7 million people
9 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4.6 million people
10 Johannesburg, South Africa 4.4 million people
11 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 4.4 million people
12 Casablanca, Morocco 4.3 million people
13 Accra, Ghana 4.1 million people
14 Durban, South Africa 3.4 million people
15 Kano, Nigeria 2.8 million people

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