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Nairobi /nˈrbɪ/ founded in 1899 as a railway depot for the East African Railway has grown to become one of Africa's largest cities over the past century. It is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" or by locals as "Nai". Nairobi is the seat of Nairobi County. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1661 m (5450 ft) above sea-level.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with an estimated urban population of between 3 and 4 million. According to the 2009 Census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km². Nairobi is currently the 4th largest city in Africa and its inhabitants are referred to as Nairobians.

Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main co-ordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa's fourth largest exchange in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre.

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Nairobi Panorama seen from Westlands
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Panorama of Nairobi, seen from Westlands.
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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA: NBOICAO: HKJK) is an international airport in Nairobi, the capital of and largest city in Kenya. Located in the Embakasi suburb 15 kilometres (9 mi) southeast of Nairobi's central business district, the airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. The airport is named after Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president and prime minister.

The airport served 5,803,635 passengers in 2011, making it the ninth-busiest airport in Africa by total passengers. The airport is the hub for flag carrier Kenya Airways and low-cost carrier Fly540. (Read more...)

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E-Sir was born as Issah Mmari, on May 20, 1981 in California Estate, and raised in South c estate Nairobi, Kenya. He was a Kenyan hip hop artist signed to the Ogopa DJs label who was famous for his deft lyrical ability and command of the Swahili language. He is still widely regarded as one of the best rappers to emerge on the Kenyan hip hop scene. He first came to be known in 2001 by his song "Jo", a song done in the same style as Black Rob's "Whoa." The song proudly declared E-Sir's arrival on the Kenyan music scene and was featured on the Ogopa DJs debut album . He went on to release his debut album "Nimefika" in 2003 which was a big hit with virtually all the songs on the album becoming radio singles. He won 4 categories in the 2003 Kisima Music Awards.

E-Sir died in a road accident on March 16, 2003, while in the company of fellow label mate Nameless..

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  • 21 Sept 2013: Nairobi Shopping Mall Attacked By Al Shabab Militants
  • 10 June 2012: Kenyan helicopter crash kills security minister
  • 10 March 2012: Kenya government fires health worker strikers over failure to 'report back to work'
  • 3 July 2009: Kenya confirms first swine flu case
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