Iconic Nairobi Nightclub 1824 Reopens at New Location After Demolition

Nairobi's iconic 1824 nightclub rebrands and relocates to Aerodrome Road, overcoming demolition and legal issues faced by its proprietor, signaling the resilience of the city's vibrant nightlife scene.

Israel Ojoko
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Iconic Nairobi Nightclub 1824 Reopens at New Location After Demolition

Iconic Nairobi Nightclub 1824 Reopens at New Location After Demolition

The popular Nairobi nightclub 1824 is making a comeback under a new name and at a new location after its previous venue on Lang'ata Road was demolished on March 1, 2024. The club, known for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment, will now be situated on Aerodrome Road in the Madaraka area and operate under the name MDCCCXXIV, the Roman numeral equivalent of its former name.

According to one of the club's directors, construction is currently underway at the new site, with a tentative reopening date set for May 12, 2024. The rebranding and relocation aim to provide patrons with an enhanced experience while catering to the evolving needs of Nairobi's nightlife scene.

Prior to its demolition, 1824 had faced several issues that led to its closure in December 2023, after nearly a decade of operation as one of Nairobi's most popular entertainment joints. The club had been shut down by uniformed police officers on December 20, 2023, only to reopen later.

The demolition of the Lang'ata Road venue occurred amidst a disagreement involving the club's proprietor, Wilson Nashon Kanani, and the owner of the land it occupied. Kanani, a Nairobi County development control officer tasked with ensuring advertising boards and signage in the city comply with regulations, is also facing legal issues with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The EACC has initiated forfeiture proceedings against Kanani, his family, and affiliated companies, seeking to seize assets valued at Sh643.2 million, including luxury vehicles, residences, land, and Sh48 million in multiple bank accounts. The commission accuses Kanani of accepting substantial bribes and kickbacks from developers in his role as a Development Control Officer. However, the 1824 nightclub was not among the assets targeted by the EACC, and the commission confirmed that the demolition was unrelated to their legal dispute with Kanani.

Why this matters: The reopening of the iconic 1824 nightclub at a new location signifies the resilience and adaptability of Nairobi's vibrant nightlife scene. The legal troubles faced by the club's proprietor highlight the ongoing efforts to combat corruption and enforce regulations in the city's development sector.

As the new MDCCCXXIV prepares to welcome revellers on May 12, 2024, patrons can look forward to experiencing the nightclub's renowned entertainment in a fresh setting on Aerodrome Road. The rebranding and relocation demonstrate the club's determination to overcome challenges and continue serving as a prominent fixture in Nairobi's nightlife.

Key Takeaways

  • Iconic Nairobi nightclub 1824 rebrands, relocates to new Aerodrome Rd site.
  • 1824 to reopen as MDCCCXXIV on May 12, 2024, after demolition of previous venue.
  • 1824 faced issues leading to Dec 2023 closure, now aims to enhance patron experience.
  • 1824 owner Kanani faces EACC corruption probe, but club not among seized assets.
  • Nightclub's resilience reflects Nairobi's vibrant nightlife scene amid regulatory challenges.