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Nothing compares to having a Home in Nairobi Metropolis




I was walking in the City of Nairobi and only after a short distance, I bumped across this friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen for over 10 years. In a span of 5 minutes, he had shared his story with me on how he had been kicked out of his house after having a myriad or obstacles, including some challenge with his marriage.

He had a home but as it is today, he is in a small house and unable to raise rent. What happened? Maybe he listened to some wrong advice or was unable to handle his family responsibilities properly. We may need an FB live talk on this and what families must do to side-step such avoidable conflicts.

But for now, allow me to jump straight to my topic of the day, why it is vital to have a home in Nairobi.

Nairobi metropolis includes all surroundings such as Kiambu, Kitengela, Machakos and others . These areas has a population of almost 10 million people, according to the recent national census.

So, here are some of the top benefits of having a home in Nairobi:

1. You say Kwaheri to monthly rent:
This is one thing that many Kenyans always trusted God for. I still remember sharing a bedsitter in Pangani, where I was accommodating seven of my campus friends. The landlord was always at my door on every 1st of the month. It was tough as the salary was always meager and irregular.

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Today, I celebrate every customer who has built a home for their family. When I look at the homes that are mushrooming at Victory Gardens Phase 1, 2, 3 & 4, I thank God and share in the joy of our customers. Have a peep at the progress being made by these customers courtesy of their partnership with Optiven

2. A home gives satisfaction and promotes self-worth to the owners:
Owning a home is a sure sign of comfort. Owning one in Nairobi, the economic hub of East Africa, is the ultimate joy and source of true comfort.

We, at Optiven have opted to partner with hundreds of customers to facilitate their dream of owning homes in Nairobi and its surroundings a reality.

The idea of offering our customers a solid two years’ installment plan exemplifies Optiven’s commitment to helping our customers to own homes.

We are looking at sharing happiness with hundreds of people. This year, we started off with signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Equity Bank, consequently enabling many to pay only 10% deposit and get an whooping 90% payment done by the bank, which is released within 7 days. What’s more, no penalties on faster payment. Now most of you reading this article can own a property on 18-hole, par 72 golf course along the famous Thika Superhighway.

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3. Having a home in Nairobi means having Peace of mind:

With a home in Nairobi, you rest knowing that retirement is sorted and that you have a sure bet to rest and relax at your sundowner age. To many, this is a dream come true and to Optiven, we care for all categories to ensure that ownership of a home is an easy reality.

We offer properties from as low as 399k to 695k (Hekima, Rafiki),

Medium cost 1.295M to 2.295M (Garden of Joy Machakos , Victory Gardens Kitengela

And higher level 3.8M to 9.6M (Amani Ridge, Luxurious Superhighway Plots-Thika Greens)

Plus ready made houses through our sister company (

Our wish for you is to offer you a request to join the Optiven movement and be part of those being celebrated. If you still want to join the vision, you can use the Optiven app & become an independent sales agent. How do you do that?
Call: 0741 700 700
Office: 0790300300

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Inter-Continental Hotel considering permanent closure of its Nairobi unit



The iconic Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi is set to be closed permanently over “operational reasons.”

The facility’s proprietor, InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited (IHCL), announced the closure through a notice to its employees.

The company said it is winding up its operations in Kenya, adding that the five-star hotel will shut its doors in the next 45 days and declare all workers redundant.

“We write to inform you that InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited Kenya (IHCL) is for operational reasons, considering a permanent closure of InterContinental Nairobi and winding up its operations in the Republic of Kenya. As a consequence of such intended winding up, all employment positions would become redundant,” part of the notice reads.

The 389-bed capacity hotel has been in existence for the past 51 years and was almost auctioned in 2019 over unsettled debt amounting to nearly Sh1 billion.

InterContinental  is strategically located inside Nairobi Central Business District near Parliament Buildings, making it an ideal destination for business travelers. It boasts a poolside restaurant, a coffee shop and some bars.

The Privatization Commission earlier this year sought to sell the government’s stake in the hotel through the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) following previous unsuccessful offers. The State owns 33.8 percent of stake in the hotel’s mother company.

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How hair scavenged from Nairobi dumpsite ends up in salon



Stylist Julia Wanja picks her way delicately through piles of food waste, discarded masks, rubber gloves and other rubbish at Nairobi’s Dandora dumpsite, looking for used hair extensions she can clean and resell to customers.

The pandemic means fewer clients with less money and she is cutting down on costs by cleaning and reselling hair from the dumpsite. Officials direct trucks to dump their loads depending on where the waste has come from. Domestic and commercial waste – which includes bags of hair extensions discarded by other salons – goes to different sections.

Medical waste is usually incinerated. “I have fewer customers,” the mother of three told Reuters from her wooden stall near the Dandora dumpsite as vehicle horns blared in the background. “If you are not going to work, there is no need to style your hair.”

Wanja said she washes the used hair extensions carefully using detergent, Dettol and hot water. Most of her customers trust her to wash the hair well, she said, although a few like to clean it themselves as well. Like other scavengers, she wears a mask to sort through the trash.

“We cannot allow anyone to enter the dumpsite without a mask on,” fellow scavenger Denis Githaiga said, as he ripped through piles of plastic bags.

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Wanja has been selling second-hand hair since 2008 but says there is more demand now since many people cannot afford new extensions. “New hair is more expensive than second-hand hair,” the 38-year-old said. “People don’t have money.”

Wanja’s customers say as long as the hair has been cleaned, they do not mind where it is from.

The hair looks new: long, luxuriant locks hang from the walls in Wanja’s stall or are perched on a battered styrofoam head.

“The hair bought new from a shop and bought used only differs in price. But once it is plaited, there is no difference,” said Cecilia Githigia as Wanja’s fingers worked a weave into her hair.


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How Kenyan family stole billions in the US



When in November last year, the National Police Service said it had received information from Interpol that some Kenyans were wanted in the US for alleged fraud offence, one of the names released was that of Edwin Sila Nyumu, a man who had been on the run.

Nyumu and his family were behind a US based crime syndicate that launched  hundreds of millions of dollars in the country but managed to escape the FB dragnet to hide in Mlolongo Machakos.

In total, the family members are believed to have stolen more than Kshs.2 billion in a tax fraud, the Nation has established. It is one of the biggest cyber-crime heists in the blossoming industry.

The Daily Nation reports that how this Kenyan family laid a scamming web and managed to bilk millions of dollars and send them to Kenya without raising an alarm has always petrified the investigators.

TheDaily Nation reports that for 12 years, since his name first appeared on the Interpol list, Nyumu oiled the palms of all those who his identity and the Nation was informed he was a cash cow of police officers, until the money ran out last year.

By then, and after 12 years, he could no longer be charged with fraud since the federal crimes have a statute limitations which protects the people from being harassed and having to constantly defend themselves from old charges.

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Record indicate that on November 6 last year, Corporal general Kamwaro swore an affidavit seeking a fresh order to arrest Nyumu.

Kamwaro said Nairobi Interpol office has contacted the US Nationla Central Bureau Interpol to forward extradition documents against the suspect.

By Daily Nation

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