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Nairobi in pictures: Juliana Rotich shares her favorite spots in the Kenyan capital city

Posted by: Helen Walters

Juliana Rotich didn’t grow up in Nairobi, but the Kenyan capital has been her official full-time home since 2011. Now, she describes the city as “another node in my network.” It’s a suitable metaphor for a woman who’s immersed in the technology business, from her work at the nonprofit data and mapping collective, Ushahidi, to her development of the Internet-enabling device, BRCK. Here, she shares some of the places she loves about her current home town, including a good place to pick up chapati and a place to admire baby elephants. That’s right. Baby elephants.

Photographs by Joshua Wanyama, the co-founder and CEO of online marketing agency Pamoja Media, which is currently working on developing a mobile network for African farmers to maximize agricultural production. Born and raised in Nairobi, Wanyama is a 2009 TED Fellow, the curator of TEDxNairobi and an avid photographer. He runs the African micro stock photography website Africa Knows.

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View over Uhuru Park There is a viewpoint over Uhuru Park from Lavington. It’s green in the foreground with the city in the background. See Uhuru Park on a map.

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Kenyatta International Conference Center Built in 1969 and designed by David Mutiso and Karl Nostvik, I am in awe of this building when I see it. It is a historical building that is equal parts modern with some African inspiration; the interior also has some beautiful fractals. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi. See KICC on a map.

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Kipande House This is an old colonial building in the middle of the city. I like the classic look of it; it seems to exude immortality. See Kipande House on a map.

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I spend a lot of my time in the iHub building. The Ushahidi office is several floors below the iHub in what we refer to as the Batcave. We are corny like that. Here, Abigael Wangui (seated) of the iHub UX Lab talks to my fellow TED Fellow Dr. Sheila Ochugboju (standing). Bishop Magua Building, Nairobi.

iHub and Ushahidi I spend a lot of my time in this building. The Ushahidi office is several floors below the iHub (we refer to it as the “Batcave.” We are corny like that.) Here, Abigael Wangui (seated) of the iHub UX Lab talks to my fellow TED Fellow Dr. Sheila Ochugboju (standing). iHub, Bishop Magua Center, George Padmore Lane, Nairobi. See it on a map.

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Ngara Market I love the stalls and vendors in this colorful market. See it on a map.

Ngara Market I love the stalls and vendors in this colorful market. See the Ngara Hawkers Market on a map.

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Auntie Naite Cafe As a team, we often go for lunch at this shack in Kibera (that's me in this picture!) It has fantastic pilau rice, chapati and meat. I think it is owned and run by a Nubian family. If Anthony Bourdain ever came to Kenya, I would take him here.

Auntie Naite Cafe As a team, we often go for lunch at this shack in Kibera (that’s me in this picture!) It has fantastic pilau rice, chapati and meat. I think it is owned and run by a Nubian family. If Anthony Bourdain ever came to Kenya, I would take him here. See Kibera on a map.

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Kikoromeo Ann McCreath of this clothing label is not only a great designer, but a good friend who once kept her store open past closing hours for me and helped me pick out skirts, dresses and jewelry for a big event I was attending. I felt so spoiled. Kikoromeo, Yaya Center, Kilimani, Nairobi. See the Yaya Center on a map.

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Nairobi National Park The National Park is within 20 minutes of the city, making Nairobi very unique because you can get away and quickly get to a savannah-like atmosphere with lions, elephants and rhinos. Though elephant and rhino numbers are dwindling because of increased poaching activity; very worrisome. See Nairobi National Park on a map.

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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust An orphanage for baby elephants… Seriously, you can’t go wrong with baby elephants! David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi National Park, Bogan Gate, Magadi Road, Nairobi. See the elephant orphanage on a map.

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