“Don’t leave me! I’m begging you, please don’t leave!” The young woman screamed amidst gasps for air as the waves of pain around her womb grew worse and drifted closer to one another. Florence Sinet, 24, had gone into labour a few hours earlier while at her house in Loodokilani, Kajiado. When her waters broke, … Continue reading Forced to go through circumcision at childbirth
A good friend of mine turned 30 the other day. So her fiance and friends decided to throw her a surprise party. Those who could chipped in to make the day a success. We also bought gifts to take to the party and did our best to keep the secret until the big day. Nothing … Continue reading We should fund-raise for weddings
Christianity is often criticized for putting faith and "allegiance to God" above reason. Our arguments are dismissed for being circular, and we are ridiculed for refusing to consider the possibility that we could be wrong about the existence of God. I think many of these criticisms are valid, and more Christians should be willing … Continue reading Is it reasonable to believe in God?
I don't believe there's an unprecedented surge in FAKE NEWS in Kenya. Or at least the rise is not as big as it has been made out to be. I think what is happening is the same thing that happened with the apparent rise of police killings of unarmed black men in the US over … Continue reading The Fake News on Fake News
Kenya's 2017 General Election has revealed demons that have long captured our souls, and unless we deal with them, it doesn't matter who becomes the president of Kenya. In my short stint as a reporter for the Daily Nation, I experienced many challenges. But that's not news, being a journalist in Kenya is almost synonymous … Continue reading A time to weep… and reflect
Kenya's 2017 General Election is just a month away and I can't help but wonder, how would Jesus vote? If you are a Christian, you have probably wondered how you should go about choosing a presidential candidate. Who do you vote for when every name on the list seems tainted by past and present scandals? … Continue reading Would Jesus Vote for Uhuru or Raila?
The Kenyan General Election is around the corner, just 42 days away, and I am curious, when did you last pray for your country? If you did, what did you say in that prayer? Did you pray for any specific political leader? What did you say to God about President Uhuru Kenyatta? Did you pray … Continue reading It’s Foolish to Pray for Kenya
When the story broke on Sunday evening, the "facts" were scanty. I put the word facts in quotation marks because, as the story unfolded, the word would become less and less relevant to the narrative. Sunday Nation's reporter Walter Menya was arrested for apparently soliciting a bribe in order to "kill" a story implicating Kenya's … Continue reading I am Walter Menya
I love science. I like to understand and explain every day phenomena and I find science shows and publications the best place to satisfy this curiosity. In fact, some of my favorite Podcasts are science podcasts. RadioLab tops the list. Others include Invisibilia, Hidden Brain, The Naked Scientist and BBC Radio's The Why Factor... just … Continue reading Science and Myth, an Unlikely Friendship
Did you know that the Kenyan constitution gives every child the right to a name? The Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution (Article 53) clearly outlines the rights of children, including the right of every child to free and compulsory basic education, the right to basic nutrition, and the right to shelter and health … Continue reading The Shocking Names Kenyan Parents Give Their Children
Are you a Christian? How do you know? Are you sure? What criteria do you use to tell if someone is a Christian or not? What are the "essential doctrines" or "fundamentals" that one must agree with and believe to be considered a true convert? And one more thing: Does the devil possess any of these … Continue reading Is Satan a Christian?
If you are in Kenya and want something to rant about online, our beloved matatus will never disappoint you. The industry is fresh fodder for daily frustration, both to those who use them and those who are privileged enough to drive themselves around. The government seems to have given up on "enforcing" the various laws … Continue reading How to Tame Kenya’s Rogue Matatus
The Pokot culture is deeply rooted in pastoralism. Our attitude towards and perception of cattle can only be compared to that of the modern society towards gold or money. We believe,therefore, that all cattle in belong to us.
A question that has probably lurked in the mind of anyone who has followed the unfolding story of bullying at Alliance High School is this: How could students who perform so well academically descend to such depths of brutality? The name Alliance High School is synonymous with academic excellence in Kenyan secondary school education. It … Continue reading Educated Savages: Why Enlightened Kenyans Resort to Primitive Acts
All you need to do is switch on your TV set at prime time and you will be discouraged about the state of our country, our poor beloved Kenya. Corruption is out of control. Impunity seems the order of the day as those in power evade justice over and over and over again. The opposition is … Continue reading Why Voter Apathy is Not an Option
The ease with which one can access movies and music on the internet has made online piracy one of the hardest plagues for media owners and users to fight. For many of us Kenyans, we have that "movie guy" who always hooks you up with the latest movies and episodes of your favorite shows (for … Continue reading How To Legally Access Movies in Kenya
Fellow Kenyans, I know we are all rushing at the last minute to register to vote. Some of us have been too busy at work to find time to visit a registration station, and that's understandable. Some of us have just not prioritised the process. That's also understandable... sometimes. Kudos to those who have registered, … Continue reading Dear Kenyan, Your Vote is Not The Answer
What will you do when the politicians come knocking this Sunday? Dear Pastor, He will be visiting your church this Sunday, but he won’t be a stranger. You have seen him on television and read about him in the newspaper countless times. You have never met him, but you probably know him better than some of … Continue reading A Letter to Kenyan Pastors
Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word Father? You’ve probably never needed to, because it seems so obvious… so self-evident. I used to think so too, until recently. I was going through a “dark-night-of-the-soul” period where I found it difficult to pray. For some reason, it just stopped making sense speaking to … Continue reading My Father
Sometimes I wonder if the Bible we have is less divine than it’s often hyped up to be. Like many of you, I grew up on the Bible. My family wasn’t particularly religious, but we weren’t that irreligious either. As far as I can tell, my dad never stepped into a church, yet it seems he … Continue reading Reading the Bible for the First Time… Again