A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

Dec 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

Acknowledging African Activism’s Complicated Realities

May 25, 2018

As with many other aspects of political and economic life on the continent, there is a complexity to African civil society and grassroots activism that escapes the international eye. Nigerian civil society groups are watching warily as long-running protests in neighboring Niger build in...

What’s Holding Kenya Back?

Oct 03, 2017

Kenya needs stronger legal and informal frameworks to enable the proper functioning of its institutions.  In their book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and David Robinson infer a fundamental minimum for a properly functioning nation — the...

Kenya Celebrates the Success of Rhino Conservation

Sep 29, 2017

Rhino conservation efforts in Kenya demonstrate that it is possible to overcome poaching. As the world marked the 2017 World Rhino Day on September 22 to celebrate all five species of the rhino — black, white, Indian, Sumatran and Javan — Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy celebrated four...

Kenyan Elections: The Most Hotly Contested Since Independence

Aug 08, 2017

Despite familiar faces, this election might mark the end of an era and the emergence of new actors in Kenyan politics. The general elections on August 8 are the most competitive and hotly contested in Kenyan history. This year, President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking re-election while opposition...

Load More