Reports about three days of terror in Nairobi suggested that the Westgate shopping mall was exclusive to Westerners and Kenya's wealthy elite. Pictures of terrified, escaping shoppers showed people from all walks of life. But malls are "increasingly central to urban African life, the social hearts of the continent's rapidly expanding cities." That's according to Eve Fairbanks in the New Republic magazine.
African Malls as a Symbol of the Consumer Class
Hey! Did you enjoy this piece? We can’t do it without you. We are member-supported, so your donation is critical to KCRW's music programming, news reporting, and cultural coverage. Help support the DJs, journalists, and staff of the station you love.