A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

December 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...

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

July 18, 2019

The violation of human rights across the African continent began as a struggle for self-rule in the mid-20th century. Except for Liberia, which European countries assumed was an American colony, and Ethiopia, which was never colonized due to Haile Selassie’s resistance to Italian invasion,...

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...

Africa Opens Up Borders to Free Trade

April 11, 2018

The creation of a continental free trade area across the African continent poses unique conflict of interest challenges for the signatories. In March, African leaders descended upon Kigali, Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills’ capital, to ink an agreement that is meant to smoothen the rough...

Kenya Celebrates the Success of Rhino Conservation

September 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

August 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...

How Much Does Britain Know About its Empire?

March 13, 2017

Britain’s colonial past is often whitewashed in the name of progress. But the truth is a lot more dark. There is a prevalent idea—and not only in the United Kingdom—that the British Empire was a force for good. Somehow, in stark contrast to the well-known barbarity of the German or...

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

March 10, 2017

The Kenyan government continues the legal fight to close Dadaab—the largest refugee camp in the world. Claims by the Kenyan government that the Dadaab refugee camp on the border with Somalia has become a recruiting ground for terrorists have been behind the push to shut down the camp....

Opening New Markets in Kenya

March 03, 2017

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