Given Kenya’s generally violent politics, next week’s election has raised considerable anxiety inside the country and throughout East Africa. A lot depends on whether the electoral body will deliver a free, fair and credible poll. Or Kenyans will be well advised to store up some Ugali – the national staple food – in case the… Read More Regional stakes in Kenya’s 2017 elections
The torture and murder of Chris Musando, the Kenyan election official, clearly signals the risk of a violent election. If Kenyans keep rolling their eyes at the barrage of fake news, though, we might just be alright.… Read More Texts, Lies, and Videotape
Political punditry in Kenya has always been fixated on the ethnic question, but this time around, it’s not going to be that simple… Read More Kenya’s 2017 elections like none before. Here’s why.
“Still I rise”… Read More Maya Angelou; Still I Rise
The genesis of doctors’ strike and state of the Kenya health sector as explained by Dr Korir.… Read More THE STATUS OF HEALTH SECTOR IN KENYA
For the last 50 days, the Kenyan public health system has been at a standstill. This is the anatomy of a health crisis, as told by the doctors in the trenches. Republished with permission from Courage Stories. In 2013, the government and doctors signed an agreement to repair the health system. The century-old system had… Read More ANATOMY OF A HEALTH CRISIS: A PHOTO ESSAY
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named as the new face of Boots No7 beauty range, further securing her position as one of the most influential African women in the world. The move is more than a meaningless celebrity endorsement. Adichie’s love of makeup is no secret: “I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for… Read More Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Most Influential Woman In Africa
Why did you join the World Economic Forum? I joined the World Economic Forum because I was drawn to the mission, “improving the state of the world”, and the opportunity to work with Global Shapers, young change makers who are true to the vision of being and living the change they want to see in… Read More Chidiogo Akunyili, Shaping The African Narrative
“Where did you come from, my daughter. How were you born?” She asked. Interrupting her tirade, and she could say no more. “Msshh, I will call you back, I am attending to your father right now. You know how he gets. I am alone in the village and trying to get his tea ready, he… Read More The Culture of #Abuse; Silence is the #Woman.
“To think of South Sudan as a failed state is to overlook the simple fact that the very political foundation for the existence of a state—administrative, technical, and legal infrastructure or a political compact as its foundation and direction—has yet to be forged, either within the elite or between the communities that comprise South Sudan.… Read More #SouthSudan; A failed Transition, Not State.
September 3, 2016, Juba, South Sudan; AS DELIVERED: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power and Minister Martin Elia Lomoro at a Joint Press Availability Following a UN Security Council Meeting with the Cabinet of the Transitional Government of National Unity
… Read More Loromo And Power On Peacekeepers Deployed To #SouthSudan
The average price of oil in the world market has been below US$50 per barrel for several months now. Assuming our oil can be sold at this limiting price, we can optimistically predict that it will raise about US$100,000 per day (US$50 x 2,000) (about Sh10m)… Read More WORLD OF FIGURES: Oil exports? Why we should not celebrate
Clashes in Wau, Juba. At least 43 people died in the fighting between militia factions, and more than70,000 civilians have been forced to seek shelter in churches, the UN compound and surrounding villages.… Read More People In South Sudan Are Wounded In Spirit
Few things bring disgruntled Kenyans together like hate trading. From whence did Kenyans learn how to hate one another?… Read More #HateSpeech: Kenya discourse of rivalry since colonialism ruled by hate
What is holding back the agency of women? Can we name the forces erasing or hampering women’s full participation in public life? However complex or varied the issues at hand may be, there is an urgency to reclaim spaces, and open up dimensions. We asked 11 phenomenal women – intrepid academics, artists, writers, and curators… Read More What Is The Role Of #Women In The Production Of #Information And #Knowledge?
Face of Culture Africa, Miss Jennifer Okechukwu says she is embarking on campaigns to sensitise Nigerian children on proper values to enable them grow up to become responsible adults. This is contained in a statement issued by the beauty queen in Abuja on Wednesday. According to the statement, the campaign tagged “Our Children, Our Future”… Read More Africa beauty queen to sensitise childern on values
Sudan and South Sudan have been under fire for decades from the perils of civil war, famine, poverty, corruption, Islamic jihad and other crisis that affect the countries politically, socially and economically as well as culturally. Omnia Shawkat and Salma Amin Saad decided to build a contemporary platform to voice independent opinions of the diverse, intelligent, and… Read More Connecting The Sudans Using Culture And Technology
I wish there is something more I could do to ensure that South Sudan’s tomorrow is brighter than its present. Of course, I am doing the best I can as a filmmaker but it feels like a drop in an ocean, to be honest.’ Sam Lukudu is a filmmaker and journalist. The best he can… Read More The Trial; South Sudan’s 2013 Coup
The search for gender equality in political leadership and decision making in Kenya, has been a long and winding journey. While trends from 2003 to date indicate a significant increase of women in the public service and in politics, the proportion of women to men in all the positions analysed still remains very low. Representation… Read More Two-thirds gender rule is a gain for society
Conditions for IDPs within the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites can be crowded and harsh, but the sites represent one of the only sources of safety for civilians as they continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.… Read More PoCs a safety heaven for South Sudan IDPs
10 interesting quotes from the World Economic Forum on Africa… Read More 10 interesting quotes from the World Economic Forum on Africa