In recent years, Eastleigh has experienced substantial business growth, transforming from a quiet residential area in Nairobi’s Eastlands into a bustling commercial hub. This transition signifies optimism for Nairobi’s potential expansion.
Formerly characterized by poor infrastructure and insecurity, Eastleigh faced issues such as political and social injustices, crime, violence, riots, and police brutality. Despite these challenges, it has emerged as a thriving business center.
The influx of various businesses, including hotels, clothing malls, shopping malls, banks, and forex bureaus, has played a crucial role in revitalizing Eastleigh. Notably, the recent opening of Business Bay Mall (BBM), anticipated to become Kenya’s largest shopping complex with over 2000 retail stores, exemplifies this growth. It reflects the community’s creativity in reclaiming their urban landscape.
Eastleigh’s revival has a positive impact on the entire city of Nairobi, attracting investors and entrepreneurs. It is estimated that Eastleigh hosts investments valued at billions of shillings and contributes around 30.0 percent of the taxes collected by Nairobi County.
In conclusion, Eastleigh’s remarkable transformation underscores the significance of community engagement and smart urban planning.
This success story not only provides hope and inspiration for Eastlands, Westlands, Donholm, and other Nairobi suburbs facing similar challenges but also highlights the resilience and economic growth potential within Nairobi and its environs.