August 3, 2015

[OP-ED} Obama in Kenya: Channeling America’s response to Chicago’s Al Capone

Oped

President Barack Obama’s plane had barely left the Kenyan airspace when government and opposition spinmeisters took to the air to spin and characterize the just-concluded 3-day visit to his father’s country of birth. Devolution Secretary Ann Waiguru who has been in the news for the high-level corruption President Obama talked about couldn’t help herself. Said the woman at the center of yet another cash grab implicating government officials: “The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) placed Kenya ‘back’ on the global map as a favorite investment destination in Africa.” It was a rare admission from a government official that Kenya had indeed…

Read More

Reasons Kenyans in the Diaspora give for not getting life insurance for their famiies

Life Insurance

By Patrick Ng’ang’a, MBA As an insurance agent I help people enroll in Obamacare and Life insurance policies at no charge. I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about buying life insurance after a community leader in Dallas, TX took me to task for not being ‘aggressive’ in bringing life insurance awareness to our community. I thought about it and realised it’s the responsibility of every community leader, religious leader, friend, spouse and even ourselves to make sure we get life insurance. I have been urging folks to get it, but for every 10 people I talk to,…

Read More

Why the next US president should focus on Kenya after Obama’s visit

UNITED STATES - JUNE 16:  Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, speaks at a session during the National Summit in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The summit, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, runs until June 17.  (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The story of Barack Obama’s trip to Africa has largely been written as an historic homecoming. It’s so much more than that, though, and the next president should continue to make better relations with Kenya a priority. That’s in part, because it is Kenya, not the traditional African powerhouses Nigeria and South Africa, that is best positioned to provide the continent with some much-needed leadership in years to come. Here’s why: First, Kenya is a leader in East Africa and a critical ally in the war on terrorism. Its ability to monitor threats and gather intelligence in innovative ways, primarily…

Read More

[OP-ED] The Charleston Massacre – Dog Whistling Taken to Its Violent Conclusion

Confederate

So once again America wakes up to another incident of mass shooting that takes innocent lives and leaves in its wake widows and widowers not to mention children forced to grow up without a parent. In this latest incident of wanton violence, avowed white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, whose media images show him sporting apartheid-era symbols of hatred and racial intolerance, walks into a historic black church in South Carolina, seats in on a weekly prayer meeting for about an hour then opens fire on unsuspecting worshippers killing nine and wounding others. The young man is quoted regurgitating the puerile…

Read More

[OP-ED] Mwito wa Rais Kenyatta kusuhu misaada Afrika

PresUhuru

Shinikizo ya rais Uhuru Kenyatta kwamba Afrika haitakiwi kutegemea misaada haifanikishi ukweli wa historia ya misaada kwa mataifa yaliyofilisishwa. Ya kwanza ni kwamba misaada yote sio sawa. Kuna mikopo zilizo na riba, mikopo zisizo na riba na mikopo zinatotolewa bila madhumini ya aliyekopa kulipa. Inategemea ni misaada gani inaangaziwa. La pili ni kwamba mataifa yaliyostawi yamefunga soko zao kwa mazao ya kutoka Afrika. Mazoa ya Afrika hayawezi kupenya uchumi za mataifa tajiri kwa sababu ya ruzuku zinazotolewa na mataifa tajiri kwa sekta tofauti za uchumi zao kama madini na ukulima. La tatu ni kwamba misaada ndio iliyostawisha Ulaya na Japan…

Read More

Let’s Talk Family, Diaspora: How to Pray for a Wayward Spouse.

prayer

By Pastor Patrick Kariuki Sister, don’t throw your husband under the bus, pray for him. Brother, bend your knee to God before you drag the mother of your children to a nasty divorce court. God hates divorce, whatever the circumstances and no matter how easy the lawyers make it sound. Love is as strong as death says the good book, and I want to encourage you to fight for love. I know for sure that if there is one area where the devil will relentlessly attack, it is in the area of marriage. I don’t know what you are going…

Read More

[OP-ED] Lupita Nyong’o owes no one anything, let her be!

lupitacrying

Lupita Nyong’o’s only official press event at the Villa Rosa Kempinski last Tuesday was a circus. Journalists with bosses in Nairobi and everywhere else in the world all wanted a piece of her. She navigated the organised chaos with remarkable ease and grace, as only one who has survived the madness of the Oscars can. Reporters haggled with publicists for a few minutes with the star but many ended up disappointed as she had to run to a mentorship do at a different location. She sat down with CNN before she made her way to me, drinking bottled Kenyan mineral…

Read More

[OP-ED] Kenya is Corrupt Because Kenyans Equivocate Corruption and Elect Corrupt Leaders

Oped

By Washington Osiro A very interesting narrative is taking shape in Kenya’s on-going “war” against corruption and impunity. The narrative advances the storyline that might as well have been lifted from Chinua Achebe’s quick read “The Trouble With Nigeria”. To paraphrase Mr. Achebe, keeping a Kenyan from being corrupt is like keeping a goat from eating yam and since all Kenyans have to “eat” to survive, it is “everyone’s” responsibility to mitigate or put an end to the country’s culture of morbid gluttony. The foregoing postulations are embodied in the story about Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody: “There was an…

Read More

[OP-ED] And You Thought All Kenyans Were Alike: Misconceptions Kenyans Have of One Another

Oped

This listing is a compilation of responses to a list I started after reading the article “Misconceptions Foreigners Have About Kenyans” that appeared on the blogsite Mwakilishi which in turn sourced it from the site travelstart.co.ke. My list is far from complete or comprehensive but it is a start. I want to recognize MLACHAKE, ALBUM, Hezron, Kenya, and THOMD for their contributions to the list in the very spirit that I started it with: Honestly, openly and respectfully. While I realize that the article by travelstart.co.ke was, in the words of Kajuju, supposed to “build our (Kenya’s) image from common…

Read More

[OP-ED] New Kenyan law is a stumbling block for Diasporans wishing to wed in Kenya

Wedding

There is a debate going on mainly on the social media about a new Kenyan law that requires a couple to present themselves at the AG’s office 21 days before their wedding date. According to this new law, one is required to present copies of ID and  certification of the presiding minister. The Diaspora Kenyans view the law as very impractical especially if both the man and the woman reside in the Diaspora, which is the case more often than not. It is a dream of many Kenyans in Diaspora to have their Dream Wedding in their motherland and with…

Read More