Kisumu City (and formerly Port Florence)

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    Nyongesa Sande

    It is officially known as Kisumu City (and formerly Port Florence). Kisumu port was founded in 1901 as the main inland terminal of the Uganda Railway named “Port Florence”. Although trade stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s, it is again growing around oil exports.Other names of the city includes Dala (Home of the Luos), Kisuma (place of barter trade), KC (short for Kisumu City), Odhumo (Nairobi sheng for Kisumu) and others. Residents of the city are known as “Kisumunians”. Colloquially, residents may be called Luopeans in reference to the residents taste for upper class and high-end lifestyles as found in Europeans cities like Milan, London, and Paris. It is not uncommon to hear residents say “Kisumu is like Europe.”

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