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Challenges Facing Urbanisation In Kenya

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The current growth of towns that is collectively referred to as urbanization is one good but studies have shown that the faster growth of towns is affecting Kenyans in a number of ways. Many residents that leave the rural areas and move to urban regions end up getting a lot of problems along the way making it hard for them to cope up with the daily busy schedules of life. The following are some of the major challenges that come with urbanization in Kenya.

Lack of Jobs

The larger the number the few chances of securing employment in the largely growing industrial areas of Nairobi and other major towns in Kenya. It has come to the attention of many people that most end up quitting good ideas in the rural centers and moving to urban regions with the intention of finding good well paying jobs. The market is flooded making it hard to get vacancies in the various companies involved.

Air Pollution

Urbanization comes with the growth of industries. It has come to the attention of many people that most industries release a lot of harmful substances to the environment making it hard for the sustaining of plant and animal species. It is advisable that companies and industrial area get better ways of controlling pollution by educating people how to take care of the environment.


Most people that stay in the urban regions lack good jobs and business that can help them make money and earn a living from their sweat. It is due to the above reasons that many people are ending up in criminal activities and eventually stealing from innocent parties. Crime is more frequent in urban centers and ways need to be derived on how the rate can be controlled.


Staying in urban centers can be as well a challenging experience as new residents may end up getting infected with infectious diseases leading to many becoming sick and not having the best medical attention. The physical activity of a person will often change when they move to the urban centers and majority will be forced to have unhealthy nutrition diets.

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Emerging from the athletic heartland of Rift Valley, Eka Kaoo was destined to have a relationship with sports. However, instead of lacing up running shoes, Eka picked up a pen, weaving narratives around the athletes who brought pride to Kenya.

Growing up, Eka was deeply inspired by the marathoners and middle-distance runners from his region, often finding himself amidst training camps and local races, absorbing stories of dedication, sweat, and sheer willpower.

Eka pursued his passion academically at a renowned university in Kenya, specializing in Sports Journalism. This formal education, combined with his intrinsic understanding of the Kenyan sporting ethos, allowed him to produce articles that resonated deeply with readers. His pieces, rich with local anecdotes and broad insights, began to get attention both within the university and in the national press.

Upon graduation, Eka became a sought-after name in sports journalism. His writings, spanning across various sports but with a soft corner for track and field, offered a fresh perspective, blending personal athlete stories with technical analyses.

Eka Kaoo's articles soon began appearing in international sports magazines and journals, elevating him to the status of an ambassador for Kenyan sports on the global stage. He covered major events like the Olympics and the World Championships, consistently providing readers with unique, Kenya-centric viewpoints.

Beyond his journalistic endeavors, Eka has been instrumental in organizing grassroots sports events in Kenya, aiming to unearth hidden talents and provide them with a platform to shine.

Today, as one of the leading voices in sports journalism in Africa, Eka Kaoo continues to champion the stories of athletes, always reminding the world of the heart, soul, and spirit of Kenyan sports.

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