July 26, 2016

Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Assertiveness – What I Learnt About Kenyans on my Trip


When I heard the news that I’d been given the opportunity to join Free The Children on their Me To We trip to the Masai Mara as part of AOL’s annual CSR initiative, I had no idea what to expect. This was an experience I had heard so many positive stories about from colleagues that had taken part in previous years, all of which recounted how the experience changed their lives and altered their perspective on the world. As with most bold claims, it’s hard to empathise with statements like that and I found it hard to feel the full…

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Analysis on Kenya’s Property Market: “The Bubble Will Burst Painfully,”


By Wallace Kantai This weekend I went to visit a friend of mine. His neighbour has put his house on the rental market. It’s a beautiful four-bedroomed bungalow, with a two-bedroomed servants’ quarters, on a quarter acre of land. He’s put it on the market for KSh 120,000 a month. I asked around about how much similar houses are sold for in that neighbourhood, and the prices are in excess of KSh 40 million. Let’s take a minute to digest and analyse that. If you paid cash for that house and rented it out, you would make your money back…

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[OP-ED] It’s time for Africans in America to identify with African-Americans


My name is Moji Akinde, and I am an African from Nigeria. And I am American. And I am black. And I am African-American. I am baffled that, in light of the murders of innocent black lives, a disturbingly large number of my fellow African brethren refuse to identify and empathize with being African-American. We are of the rhetoric that African-Americans could somehow avoid being racially profiled, targeted and killed by simply altering the way they dress, talk, act and live. We believe that if only black people would say their “Please” and “Thank Yous,” if only they wore a…

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Njoki Chege: Kenyans have made Twitter pathetic, please shut it down


I am at the cusp of deleting my Twitter account, along with all its 30,000 (plus) followers. I just don’t care. I am on the verge of calling it a day on social media altogether and I am ready to live my life without social media. I am done with Kenya’s social media and especially that little group of ne’er-do-well’s known as ‘Kenyans on Twitter’ or #KOT. Ah, you don’t know who KOT is? KOT, or the Kenyans on Twitter, are a bunch of know-it-alls who are experts on everything, from Brexit, to how media should do their job, to…

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Stop bragging you don’t watch Kenyan news and then talk to us about Trump and Brexit-Larry Madowo


“I don’t watch Kenyan news,” has become a brag these days. “Stop saying dumb s*#t like that, you’re embarrassing yourself,” I often want to tell them but I don’t because I’m a Christian learning to leave the wrong thing unsaid at the tempting moment. Those same people who expect us to celebrate their ignorance can hold court authoritatively on the dynamics of the US election and how Donald Trump could be the leader of the free world next January. The excuse is almost always that they are tired of Kenyan politics, so they don’t bother to consume it. Ergo, they…

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[OP-ED] The Empire is falling: Why Kenya’s influence in East Africa is on a downward spiral


The failure of the Government of Kenya to secure construction of the pipeline to transport crude oil from Uganda via Lamu port signals of the decline of Kenya’s political and economic influence in East Africa. With more news that South Sudan seems not keen on a pipeline with Kenya and that Tanzania and Uganda have signed a new agreement to construct a parallel railway line from Arusha to Musoma, effectively making the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) non-viable the writings are clear on the wall. The Empire is falling! But how did Kenya get to this point where it is outmanoeuvred…

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[OP-ED] Stop abuse in the name of helping children in Kenya!


By Liz Ekakoro In our fight to end poverty and make lives better, in our desire to help people in need and be the voice of the voiceless, many have dressed themselves in the name of well wishers when the bottom line is that they have their own selfish ambitions. Thanks to all who give themselves to the works of charity, your reward will be great. Woe to you who use charity as a means of self-gratification, your punishment is sure. The wearer of the shoe knows where it pinches, and until one has been in need, it is difficult…

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[OP-ED] All Throughout His Presidency, Same Song


Photo By Washington Osiro Okay so I “plagiarized”; make that paraphrased a line from Digital Underground’s song “Same Song” but the relevance of its hook given President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2016 State of the Nation (SOTN) address is spot on. In the 1991 hit, Shock-G nee Gregory Jacobs offers that life as a rapper — with the “jennies” or ladies — is the same all over the world. Shock-G, along with the late Tupac Shakur, goes on to sing that they’ve “Been all around the world” and nothing has changed i.e. “same song” regarding life on the road as a successful rap group. Lost in the non-partisan self-flagellation…

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[OP-ED] Dear Kamau and Otieno, never fight for ‘Kenyatta’ or ‘Odinga’


By Dannish Odongo In 2007 elections, I was pro-ODM (Orange Democratic Movement). I was not just pro the party but a die hard supporter too. I distributed branded ODM Tshirts in college and I openly participated in acts of evangelism for my party ODM. I believed in the course of the party. I believed that the country was going to be delivered from the hands of the ‘oppressors’ by the party that had organized itself so well including having a pentagon team drawn from each major part of the nation. The elections were bungled as has been proven by different…

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[OP-ED] ICC Ruling on Deputy President Ruto an Assault on 2008 PEV victims


By BEN ATEKU More than 1,200 dead Kenyans lost their quest for justice when the International Criminal Court at The Hague dismissed charges levelled against William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president, for committing crimes against humanity during the politically-motivated clashes in 2008 that followed presidential elections that took place in 2007. A similar case against journalist Joshua arap Sang was also dismissed.  Neither the seven-year old graves nor the fact that more than 350,000 Kenyans are currently living in squalid conditions were considered sufficient evidence to convict the alleged perpetrators or instigators.  This ruling by the International Criminal Court to terminate…

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