• Nairobi, like Denver is situated on a high plateau, with two of the highest peaks in Africa a relatively short distance away. The geographic similarities, in addition to the many voices expressing the desire for an African sister city, made Nairobi, Kenya, the third sister city of Denver.

 

  • The affiliation between the two cities was formalized on March 2, 1975. The two week “Salute to Nairobi” that celebrated the occasion included dances, folk-art, handicrafts, and various Kenyan products displayed throughout downtown Denver.

 

  • In the winter of  1985, a group of high school students representing the Denver Metro area participated in a homestay program in Nairobi. The students experienced Kenyan culture, as well as seeing the riches Kenya has to offer, including notable places like the Amboseli Game Park, the equator, Tree Tops Lodge, and most importantly, the Materi Girls School. One of the most recognized beneficiaries of the Denver sister city experience is our very own Mayor Michael Hancock who was one of the students who visited Nairobi in 1985.

 

  • Throughout the years, the Denver-Nairobi committee has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. In 1996, for example, the committee received the Sister Cities International award for Best Overall Project for its Nairobi Dance Troupe Exchange.

 

  • In June 1999, 16 Denver-Nairobi committee members traveled to Nairobi to attend the U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference. During that trip, medical supplies were delivered to Pumwani Maternity Hospital and books, school supplies, and sporting equipment were delivered to a middle school in Bura Village.

 

  • Then in 2000, the Denver-Nairobi committee hosted the first U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference of the New Millenium.

 

  • Continuing to strengthen this long-term relationship, former Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa visited Denver in June 2008. During his stay, he met with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, toured Denver organizations and city utilities, discussed future collaborations with DSCI, and met with prominent individuals and groups interested in Kenya.

 

  • In July of 2012, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks of District 8 led a successful cultural delegation to Nairobi that included prominent Denver business leaders, as well as several local high school students.