Grounded in the material conditions of the African metropolis, this essay decenters the imaginary of the postcolonial state and investigates the affective tenor of the city. What does it mean to navigate anticolonial promise through the prism of postcolonial disappointment in Kenya’s capital? An everyday politics of hustling and nonalignment questions the project of transformation in Nairobi, drawing attention to situated engagements with skepticism and belief, and theorizing from marginal territories.

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