Nairobi Hustlers: Hustlers Life in the Hostile Streets of Nairobi
Meja Mwangi has written books about the struggles in the streets of Nairobi. Many of his books show how the youth was exploited and underestimated in those days but not much has changed. As a Kenyan, you have to struggle to own a house which might happen when you’re 50 and also struggle with feeding your family in such an economy. Just as people say, you have to have connections or else you’ll never be enough for anything. Start making friends.
Here are some of the struggles you can relate to or if you haven’t faced such, they will prepare you for the worst. These streets aren’t for everybody but for the hustlers who never give up.
People don’t appreciate the struggles young men and women go through just to prove that they qualify for a job. Imagine having to print your documents for over 10 offices but never get a reply back. You also have to walk in the scorching sun and shelter from the rain. All this you have to sacrifice for that job.
The rich usually say they started from somewhere but they made it. Living in cheap houses is a trend for most hustlers. They maximize usage since what they earn can’t allow them to live big. You can’t even sometimes afford to pay rent but life must go on so you relocate to a cheaper one roomed house from a bedsitter.
Just after you earn your sweet nothings and are on your way to buy yourself a drink for the hard work, a street thug approaches you with a plastic paper bag full of stones or waste and tells you ‘nipee kitu ama nikutupie hii mafi’. Imagine giving up your hard earned sweet nothings. It must be painful but it’s a choice you have to make.