March 27, 2015

[OP-ED] Women do indeed rule the world

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“Favored Daughters of the King”.  Catchy right?  That’s the event, my apologies, the Royal Gala that I had the privilege of attending last Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 75 Central Dallas. And by all means it was a Royal Gala, all flare with no King in sight.  But tell you what; it was remarkable, joyous and uplifting. There’s nothing that brings life to a room, like presence.  Positive and energetic presence.   The  ball room all 5,000 square foot of it filled with an endless sight of beautifully adorned and clad, made up women.    Wonderful scents lingered in the…

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[OP-ED] Only a new city will save Nairobi from total collapse

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By Stephen Ndegwa In one of the most revolutionary moves by any government around the world, Egypt last weekend announced plans to abandon Cairo as its capital city by building a brand new Sh4 trillion ($45 billion) city. The town, which is envisaged to stretch 150 square miles and accommodate as many as seven million people, was hailed as “the catalyst for an Egyptian renaissance” and “a momentous endeavour to build national spirit, foster consensus and provide for the country’s sustainable long-term growth”. The ambitious project will be a public-private partnership with a top investor from the United Arab Emirates….

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Shiru Thuku: Fifty Shades of….. [OPED]

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By Caroline Thuku-Dallas, TX So, the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is still dominating worldwide as a box hit three weeks after its release, even  though  it’s viewing in the U.S continues apparently to fall, beats me as to why.  We are in a country that is so keen in glorifying even the most mediocre screen plays and making movie makers and actors a ton of money which they don’t deserve. Yes, I spent the time and money to be among the numbers of this so called craze of easily entertained peeps and watched Fifty.  Did I like it? Why…

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BIKO ZULU: Now let’s bury a Kikuyu

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Let’s say, for the sake of argument (although around here we don’t argue), that this was 1872 and you were a Kikuyu (Yes, including you, Momanyi). Let’s say that you suddenly started coughing and after a few days you developed a fever and your cough got worse and soon thereafter you started coughing blood. Then one day, your eyes just rolled back into your skull and you died right there on a mat in your darkened thatched house. Your body is found by your kith and kin who are just back from tilling their shambas; they walk in and find…

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No longer at ease: Why I stopped being a ‘concerned Kenyan’

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“The scene from his hotel room screen in Nakuru still fills his mind. Let’s call him M. He’s from Muranga, he still drives the Datsun 120 Y that he bought in 1972 when he was a 22-year -old boy, and he’s got a family in the outskirts of Eldoret where his wife runs the family farm (cows and wheat) that he bought in 1982 from a white man, fleeing the coup d’etat that never happened …” Those were the first words I wrote in my story ‘The Road to Eldoret’ almost exactly seven years ago, when Kenya began burning in…

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[OP-ED] Kenya is entering an undeniable democratic recession

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Many Kenyans hold an inaccurate view about the country’s economic standing relative to its neighbours and other developing countries. One sees this in the preposterous but widely cited claim that Kenya at independence bore a socioeconomic status comparable to that of Singapore, Malaysia, or both, at that time. The one area in which Kenya has had a deservedly solid reputation, with tremendous progress, is in the character of its formal political and civil rights protection. Many visitors genuinely get surprised that for all its challenges, Kenya’s political leadership and its people deserve credit for the passage of a wordy, but…

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[OP-ED] Kenya Government Unwittingly Falls into the Al Shabab Trap

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By Dave Nyambati The government of Kenya has unwittingly fallen into Al Shabab’s carefully laid trap. For Al Shabab to even have a foothold in Kenya, they had to achieve two things; remind Muslim Kenyans (particularly or Somali origin) of the historic injustices/marginalization by the government of their communities and to stroke ethno-religious tensions to create separation lines between these communities and the ‘rest of Kenya’. They aimed to create a kinship of hardship to try and make the case for Kenya being party to an organized attack on Islam globally, thus soften Kenyan Muslims who at best would be…

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[OP-ED] SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE; What is really behind the Strip Shaming Incidents in Kenya

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By Penzi Amani in Seattle, Washington It is 2 am and no sleep…instead I am writing. The image of the raping incident is still very vivid; I am unable to ignore the horrific incident, Strip Shaming/Public rape. If you watched that video there is no way you are not vexed. You’d have to be inhuman. It was a horror movie enacted in our capital, Nairobi.   While I am angry and disheartened because I question where humanity is headed, while the woman in me wants every person involved to pay the capital penalty for their actions, I find myself stepping…

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OP-ED: How I became pregnant from a hug

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I have a confession to make. I Have a problem. I ask too many questions,  sometimes. Others too silly, especially to the answerer. I was told things like; babies were gotten from the supermarket. Grandma warned me from whistling my favorite song  at night, that it called the night runners to come by.  She also said if I sat on the cooking stone in her kitchen, mama would die, so I should not try it. I avoided her kitchen whenever we went visiting. I believed all these without questioning, until my brother came to birth. Why did mama buy him…

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[OPED] Hatred for Miss Uganda shows our miserable lives, covered in false hair

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Let’s take a break from the politics, dear reader, and dabble a bit in the social scene, in particular in the kerfuffle that has been going on over the new Miss Uganda. This is an area your columnist hardly follows, to be honest, and it would all have gone over my head if social media did not overheat with crude and derogatory comments about the looks, or perceived lack of them, from the winner. The vitriol spewed towards the new Miss Uganda says less about her beauty and more about the hatred in our collective psyche. Leah Kalanguka, the pageant…

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