It is a scene to behold. Thousands of people purposefully walking on roads meant for cars – sometimes for as long as three hours – to report to work by 8a.m., if not earlier. These are the forgotten people, the ones the city’s urban planners have not catered for since Nairobi came into existence more than a century ago – when the city was planned as an apartheid city, built for a minority white elite that owned cars.… Read More A city in which ‘contempt for the resident is everywhere apparent’
So real, yet unseen.
We know the world doesn’t work the way most of us want it to. We watch a bunch of badly-fitted suits stuffed with self-satisfied swagger frogmarch our nations down the road to economic calamity and climate destruction, and we try to tell ourselves that we chose this, that we have some sort of control, that there is a thing called democracy that is working more or less as it was designed to.… Read More The Consent of the (Un)governed
Women need to take the lead. It all starts by questioning systems, institutions, culture, religions and every other thing that takes away your freedom as a woman, and then defining your own terms of womanhood. Be the woman you want to be regardless of society standards, claim who you are at any cost. Freedom always has a price and living out of the box is also expensive.… Read More Irakoze, on why women need to unlearn every patriarchal lie…
In an article published in the Star newspaper, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee argues that while Kenya’s health financing is progressing gradually, only about 4% of the national budget is going towards healthcare.
In April 2001, heads of state of African Union countries met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector, which became a component of the Abuja Declaration of 2001.… Read More How Much Of Kenya’s Budget Is Going Towards The Health Sector?
The poems of these women have helped shape a global African poetic that creates a sense of unity without subjugation, a celebration of the words of Bob Marley when he sang, “How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and [wo]man, to see the unification of all Africans.”… Read More African women poetry changing the craft
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