Bøe, Fredrik Roe: Millennium City Entrepreneurs
This thesis is based on a six month long anthropological fieldwork amongst the Luo in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu. It explores the activities of entrepreneurs who try to capitalize on the expansion of the citys airport. The airport is currently being upgraded to attain international status. The airport upgrade will expectedly bring more western tourists, researchers, aid workers and others to the region.
This region of Kenya have for years been marginalized and cut off
from access to state resources since the late sixties. The Luos have for decades been associated with oppositional politics. An important objective for this thesis is to explore how past and present developments on the national political arena have great impact on the strategies and actions chosen by the entrepreneurs. The consequences of the Kenyan General Election of 2007, its ensuing violence and the swearing in of the ultimate Luo leader, Raila Odinga, as Prime Minister are particularly relevant.
Through empirical evidence I show how the entrepreneurs focus their time, energy and money on activities aimed at gaining access to state and foreign capital.