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 This Month: Taking Stock of Strides in Justice, Peace and Prosperity

April 30, 2016

South Africa’s highest court spoke truth to power, while the ICC made a fool of itself as South Sudan declared a frosty peace. As Africa sits astride the equator, the seasons offer the end of April as a time to reflect. In many parts of Africa, the harvest is starting to come in and a new...

The World This Week: Entrepreneurship in the Air and Africa on the Move

July 25, 2015

Entrepreneurship can transform emerging economies, but governments still have a role to play. Adam Smith, a professor of moral philosophy who practiced his craft in the Scotland of Enlightenment, would probably be pleased this week. For the first time, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)...

Obama’s Kenyan Homecoming: Dreams From His Father’s Land

July 23, 2015

Obama’s visit to Kenya comes off the most important month of his presidency. History is upon us as an acclaimed umbilical homecoming beckons. Kenya will play host to the most significant “foreign” visitor to ever grace the country’s shores. US President Barack Obama will be visiting the...

Kenya Remains Unbowed and Unshaken

April 07, 2015

In wake of the Garissa attack, Kenyans mourn the victims and dream of a brighter future. On April 2, four gunmen from al-Shabab stormed into Garissa University College in Kenya, killing 148 students and injuring 79 others. Among the dead was my high school friend, Agnes Mwende Muthama, a...

Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

August 29, 2014

Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the...

Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya

July 30, 2014

The lack of access to gainful employment is a cause of frustration and disappointment for many young people in Kenya. Vickie Wambura Wamonje is the founder of Nafisika Trust, a prison rehabilitation program that seeks to reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates in Kenya. She was elected an...

Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change

July 23, 2014

Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime. Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from prison....

The Kenyan Marriage Bill: Is Patriarchy the New Democracy?

May 30, 2014

Has the Kenyan Marriage Bill undone endeavors to protect the rights of women in a democracy? Kenya’s Marriage Bill 2014, signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta, legalizes the act of polygamy. The law gives men the right to enter multiple marriages, without having to consult their existing...

Local Justice in Africa: Out of the Spotlight

February 04, 2014

Local tribunals require media attention if they are to be alternatives to the ICC. Kenya’s president, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Samoei Ruto, face charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC). They stand accused of orchestrating the...

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