Snapchat – the frontier of social media – was taken over by Nairobi yesterday and, without trying to sound too condescending, the American response was beyond ignorant.
As you may already know, Snapchat introduced the “Live” function last year, which allows for multiple users to submit pictures and video to a specific curated event, such as a concert or a sports game. This function has now expanded to feature entire cities as well and yesterday it was Nairobi’s turn.
Under the hashtag #NairobiLife, Nairobi became one of the first African cities to be featured on Snapchat’s live function. The collective Nairobi snap saw the likes of familiar pop-culture personality Nick Mutuma as well as large groups of people singing Jambo Bwana and Hakuna Matata.
One might think that this digital celebration of our vibrant capital would have spurred happiness worldwide. That was however not the case. Instead, several American aggressors took to Twitter to explicate their privileged disappointment with the fact that Nairobi – a city of over three million people – was featured on Snapchat before their hometown.
Check out a selection of the displayed ignorance. As sad as it may be, we find it important to publicize this stupidity so that others may learn from it:
Why is there a Snapchat story for Nairobi? About 3 phones in the whole country.
— Jawrdinn (@Jordan15396) May 26, 2015
I didn’t know Nairobi had electricity let alone snapchat
— marty lups (@UncleMART708) May 26, 2015
Things snapchat has taught me today: People in Nairobi have cellphones. — Daniel Wendt (@danielwendt4) May 27, 2015
Not being funny but Nairobi looks shit. Sort it out snapchat
— Jake Carville (@JCarville93) May 26, 2015
Nairobi snapchat story…..would not visit lol — Aquino (APEX) (@HarryAquino) May 26, 2015
Snapchat has fuckin Nairobi but no denver?
— nick (@nickthegucci) May 26, 2015