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Kibera Stories is a long-term photojournalism project by Bryan Jaybee, it revolves around telling the everyday stories from Kibera – where he was born and brought up – about its people’s potentiality, hopes but also eager to share stories from its ever-sprawling captivating landscapes, dynamic movements and drastic growth.

Kibera, a vast informal settlement located in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, is said to be home to anywhere between 170,000 and 1.2 million people. This makes it the acclaimed largest slum in Africa. But while these are just statistics, Kibera has thousands of stories to be told.

From afar, Kibera may look like a dense jungle of rundown corrugated rooftops, indistinguishable huts closely huddled together, TV antennas and electricity poles projected into the air. This is just part of the reality we cannot deny. But Kibera is hardly a continuous cycle of poverty and hardship only – that has always been the dominant visual narrative.

From its ever-sprawling surprising landscapes, Kibera is a vibrant mix of diversity and great capabilities.

Through these images from my long-term photography project – Kibera Stories, we see and feel, through an insider’s perspective, dynamic moments of everyday life that represent the identity and individuality that often goes ignored or unnoticed.