Case Study – Matatu Graffiti in Nairobi

The ban on matatu graffiti was lifted in November 2014 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and has been thriving ever since. It is now a highly profitable industry; artwork just on the body is approximately Ksh. 300,000 ($3,000), whilst graffiti and internal customisation is around Ksh. 1.3million ($13,000). Moreover, there is now an awards ceremony for the best graffiti known as Nganya. The artwork represents the colour and flavour of the local communities, with some drawing attention to social issues across the country.

*Sustainable Development Goals – 9.1 & 11.3.2

Transport issues addressed – Public transport (matatus), road safety for pedestrians, road safety for drivers.

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