A Call to Sanity During #COVID-19 Curfew in Kenya

The onset (and aftermath) of Friday (27th March) night's curfew is a classic example of how the world is made up of competing narratives/spectacles. Almost everyone who spoke up on social media sites had a valid point (from their vantage point): It is illegal for citizens to disobey curfew orders.It is illegal for police to … Continue reading A Call to Sanity During #COVID-19 Curfew in Kenya

What the 2019 census reveals about Kenyans

The questions asked during the census exercise have been quite revealing -- but not in a way many of us have thought of. Depending on where you live, you probably found some questions odd or unnecessary. We even joked about it on social media. Someone wondered out loud on Twitter why the enumerator found the … Continue reading What the 2019 census reveals about Kenyans

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

Kenya’s 2013 Post Election Violence

[Written on March 15, 2013] There's a celebratory mood in Kenya. Other than those celebrating the wins of their preferred candidates in various electoral positions, there's another, more subtle celebration. Despite many fears of a recurrence of the 2007/08 post-election violence, the 2013 elections were predominantly peaceful. The few incidences prior to the elections, were, … Continue reading Kenya’s 2013 Post Election Violence

Okay Kenyans, You Can Stop Praying Now

It is a small room. There's probably about 30 to 40 people inside. All the people in the room are praying. Fervently. Faithfully. Resolutely. Unceasingly. You see, one of their own has been thrown into prison. And they are praying for, if not his release, at least his well being. That he won't be killed … Continue reading Okay Kenyans, You Can Stop Praying Now