Hosting one of the largest expat communities in Africa, Gigiri is perhaps the most tranquil & secure neighborhood in Nairobi.
The upscale residential suburb is also home to the United Nations African headquarters making Nairobi one of the two African cities to host several UN bodies, along with Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Gigiri is considered to be one of Kenya’s most posh suburbs along with Runda and Muthaiga, all of which are really close to Nairobi CBD. Unlike her neighbors, Gigiri has had an intriguing past especially with the way its set-up with various important landmarks.
The Embassy of the United States was not always in Gigiri.
Established on 2 March 1964, when the United States agreed to some diplomatic relations with Kenya.
However, the embassy was initially established in central Nairobi. In 1998, the original embassy was hit by a terrorist attack, after which a new embassy building was constructed in Gigiri, a suburb of Nairobi, in 2003.
Today, the August 7th bomb blast site is now a memorial park known as the bomb blast memorial park. The park features beautifully landscaped gardens, sculptures made out of the debris from the blast & a wall bearing the names of those who perished in the blast.
Kenya’s quest to host UNEP headquarters was a case of Unwavering Struggle.
You probably already know that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has its Global headquarters in Gigiri Nairobi. But what most people don’t know is that the opportunity was never handed on a silver platter.
At the height of clamor for an opportunity to host this global phenomenon in the early 1970s, Kenya was just a young nation that had gained independence from Britain and was yet to assert its place in the complex world of geopolitics.
Through her founding father, Jomo Kenyatta, former ambassador Joseph Odero-Jowi and the then Foreign Minister Njoroge Mungai, Kenya fought a hectic battle by mobilizing its allies in the north and south to compete against some powerful & more developed countries in the World. Today Gigiri not only hosts UNEP HQ, but it’s also the UN’s Headquarters in Africa.
Village Market is arguably the second oldest Mall in Nairobi.
Established in 1992, Village Market is a unique shopping and recreation mall located 400M from Tara Suites in Gigiri. The Malls initial concept was first conceived by a Persian-born entrepreneur & architect Sham Ehsani.
Leaving Iran before 1979, Sham Ehsani and his family were heading to Australia when they made a stopover in Kenya to visit a relative.
Intrigued by what the nation had to offer, they decided to stay in Kenya and invest in real estate leading to the construction of the city’s second shopping center, after Sarit Center.
Village Market’s Tribe hotel is also a unique gem as it is the first of its kind to be introduced in Kenya and boasts of being the trendsetter in design-led restaurants and hotels in Africa.