Nairobi’s Best Survival Tips That No One Will Bother Telling You

1. Want better deals when shopping? – Learn Kikuyu and Swahili.

Most of the businesses are owned by our brothers and sisters from Central Kenya, the Kikuyus. Only Indians can compete with them on the business scene. To get better deals when negotiating for a product, chipping in a few Kikuyu words makes them feel that you’re “one of them” “mundu wa nyumba”, which flexes the price.

2. The Kamba people are very loyal and trustworthy, according to Indian business owners, the opposite is true for the Kikuyu people.

Indian business owners are fond of employing Kamba people because they serve them without complaining and never steal from them, even when mistreated.

3. Majority of the big companies are owned by Indians.

From supermarkets, malls, confectionery, beverages, food processing industries to fast food outlets, Indians control a very large part of the business hub in Nairobi.

4. Best time to go to the office is 10 a.m and check out at 8 p.m.

This is because at these times, there is hardly any traffic, you will have a safe ride to work and back. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m the roads are always filled up.

5. Bargaining is the order of the day.

Unless you are purchasing a product in a supermarket where the price is labelled in a barcode, every other price is negotiable.

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