Every now and then I would post something on Facebook, share a tweet or write a blog post and a reader would comment with only two words: "Well said." This response would often bother me -- a lot. You see, we live in a society where people talk too much but do very little to … Continue reading Well said…
Black is not beautiful
While attending an event recognizing persons living with disability in his constituency, Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth recently tweeted: “Celebrating the International Day of Persons Living with Disability. Inability is not Disability (sic).” This example illustrates an important point about many of our attempts to “normalize” what the prevailing culture otherwise finds abnormal. Chances are … Continue reading Black is not beautiful
I am Sharon Otieno
Sharon Otieno was 26 and in love. The Rongo University student was on a night out with friends when she met the man that would dominate her mind and inbox for months to come. A charming man The man was charming. He was kind and good to her. She blushed whenever she spoke about him or … Continue reading I am Sharon Otieno
Just Google it: Evolution of ‘Search’ in information seeking
Instead of phoning it in, we just Google it. Whether you’re worried about the rash on your thigh; you’re unsure about when to use who and whom in a sentence; or you just want to show off to friends your knowledge of world facts, just Google it
Book Review: Am I Truly Saved? by John Musyimi
I've been a Christian for almost 15 years now, give or take. The thing is, I am not always sure I am a Christian. I am also not sure if the first time I raised my hand and “gave my life to Christ” was really the time I got “born again.” I am not even sure if … Continue reading Book Review: Am I Truly Saved? by John Musyimi
Nairobi Chapel takes a stand on women church elders
On June 23, 2018, Nairobi Chapel posted a tweet announcing the appointment of Dr. Janet Mutinda and Prof Marta D. Bennett as the first female elders in the church. “Dr. Janet Mutinda & Prof Marta D. Bennett have today been ratified as the First Female Elders during the Nairobi Chapel AGM 2018 in adherence to … Continue reading Nairobi Chapel takes a stand on women church elders
Be like Dave from Accounting
Apart from Jesus, the people in the Bible are no more worthy of being our examples than the people outside the Bible. A person is not worth emulating simply because they had the "privilege" of being a character in Scripture. There's nothing special about having a "Christian" or "Biblical" name. God has surrounded us with … Continue reading Be like Dave from Accounting
Is it reasonable to believe in God?
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?
The Fake News on Fake News
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
A time to weep… and reflect
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
Would Jesus Vote for Uhuru or Raila?
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?
It’s Foolish to Pray for Kenya
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
I am Walter Menya
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
Science and Myth, an Unlikely Friendship
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
The Shocking Names Kenyan Parents Give Their Children
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
Is Satan a Christian?
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?
Did Gloria Muliro Steal Chris Tomlin’s Song?
Controversy seems to follow Gloria Muliro wherever she turns, like an unshakable stalker. The latest has to do with her song, Follow You. The singer has been accused of stealing/plagiarizing/sampling (whichever term seems most appropriate), not only the words, but also the tune to the chorus/verse from Chris Tomlin's song, I Will Follow You. Now, … Continue reading Did Gloria Muliro Steal Chris Tomlin’s Song?
How to Tame Kenya’s Rogue Matatus
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
An Open Letter from Cattle Rustlers to President Kenyatta
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.
Educated Savages: Why Enlightened Kenyans Resort to Primitive Acts
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