Snapchat shines light on Nairobi
Life in Nairobi is full of fun. That’s at least according to Snapchat.
On Monday, the social media company launched a “Nairobi Life” channel, where it showed snaps from users in Nairobi to the rest of the world.
Videos showed by Snapchat include a group of friends on top of one of the tallest buildings in Nairobi, KICC, singing the famous Jambo song.
This is the first time Snapchat has featured Nairobi on its “Life” series section. Cities like Riyadh, Los Angeles and Mumbai have previously been featured on Snapchat’s Life Story. Only users in a given city can submit their videos but the videos can be viewed by everyone on Snapchat.
It means that you can upload pictures you take on Snapchat to the shared Nairobi story where, if picked by Snapchat, it will be visible to the entire world for 24 hours. Just make sure your location-tracking is on if you want to be picked.
— Becca Crisman (@Beccakayec) May 26, 2015
The snaps have made Snapchat users outside the country nostalgic for Nairobi life.
Aww the Nairobi snap chat live brought back so many memories! I miss Kenya so much ☺️
— Coco Puffs (@ChocolateFIERCE) May 26, 2015
The Nairobi snapchat story has me wanting to go back so badly. Can't believe I was there this time last year
— Katy Sutton (@_KatySutton_) May 26, 2015
Seeing the snapchat story of Nairobi was just what I needed!! A couple more weeks and i'm back! <3
— anita (@Anita_Nkatha) May 26, 2015
Nairobi on snapchat is making me wanna go back to Kenya so bad?
— Em (@_emcross) May 26, 2015
However, some users wondered how people in Kenya could have access to the Internet and smartphones.
On the snapchat live stories how do people in Nairobi, Kenya (3rd world country) have: 1. Cell phones 2. Service 3. Data 4. Money for phones
— Eli Mallahan (@44birdman) May 26, 2015
Nairobi on snapchat? Wtf I want my £2 a month back if they got iPhones
— Jack (@JackPhillips123) May 26, 2015
In the videos, Snapchat showed Kenya’s flag, but it got the order of the colors of the flag wrong.
— Devi Shah (@devi657) May 26, 2015