The city of Nairobi is almost a hideous spectacle during Christmas. The period between the eve of Christmas and the New Year has a curious way of sucking life out of the capital.

The usual bustle of life and activity that typifies the city under the sun suddenly slackens to almost a complete standstill. Nairobi does not celebrate Christmas, being a no-man’s territory during the festivities.

As is the tradition among Kenyans, the city folks travel to the countryside to join their families for the Christmas celebrations. Few visitors come to the capital during this time. 

Aga Khan Walk

The Aga Khan Walk parking space was nearly deserted as city residents chose to spend Boxing Day with their families at home. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

While city neighbourhoods are lit with celebrations and feasting for those who have not travelled upcountry, the city centre on the other hand is gripped by an unnerving aura of abandonment and quietness.

While they teem with activity on ordinary days, some sections of the capital are hardly recognisable on Christmas day and a day after. The streets remain virtually devoid of human activity as businesses remain shut.

Nairobi thus becomes as still as a 'ghost city'.

How a section of the City Hall Way looked like on December 26, 2017. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Even city clubs notorious for raucous music and all manner of theatrics by revellers fall into a dead silence. 

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