If rush hour in Nairobi can be compared to the Kenyan diet: matatus are to traffic what ugali is to dinner.
They are the staple of Kenyan transportation.
By law, matatus are supposed to be painted white with a broken yellow stripe around them.
But unlike ugali (that white maize meal on nearly every Kenyan dinner table), there is some variety in matatus. The owners observe the white paint, yellow stripe law but most also personalise the vans with names and custom decals.
I've seen decal photos of golf stars, rap stars, athletic brand logos, Bob Marley and that blonde female tennis player who's better known for her modelling than her tennis game.
But it's the matatu names that are most entertaining. Here, in no particular order, is a list:
Feel the Flow
Glory 2 God
No Way Out
Great is God
She Drives Crazy
But so far my favorite (I kicked myself for not having my camera on me, to snap a photo) is the Louis Vuitton matatu.
Just like knock-off bags slung over shoulders around the world, and the just-as-ugly designer originals, this matatu is covered with those LVs and little fleurs de lis. It's a _designer_ matatu.