Loving in mono – dreaming in stereo

“I surrender this isn’t love it’s torture”  Hold me down Love, or ideas of what love can be, has the ability to bring us to our knees. With our backs against the wall and confronted by the harsh truth that no one is subject to your will – that illusions of control are just that….

Social Shifts That Mark the Present State of Kenya

by Wangari Kibanya Conversations around the word millennial make me wonder, why would we need to contextualize our social and economic shifts from a very US American lens yet our nation is only 53 years old and did not undergo some of the shifts that mark the demographic markers on that end? What happens when…

The Babylon System

We refuse to be what you wanted us to be We are what we are That’s the way it’s going to be. You don’t know You can’t educate I for no equal opportunity: Talking ’bout my freedom, people freedom and liberty Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long Rebel, rebel! Yes, we’ve been…

Unravelling the African Union Elections

We have been treated to weeks of intrigue following Kenya’s failed campaign for its current foreign affairs cabinet secretary, Amina Mohammed, to become the next chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). The AUC is the executive arm of the African Union (AU). The election was instead won by Chad’s foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat….

The Year of Finding New Paths to our Freedom(s)

We close the year to a doctor’s strike that has no end in sight and a call from the opposition that there will be civil action early in 2017. In many ways, the world seems grim. Our president himself told us this year that there is nothing that can be done about corruption in a kind…

To Africanize, Decolonize Or Both?

This conversation on what it means to be African has been happening since the days of the independence struggles in many African countries, and has been a major part of African post-colonial discourse. The conversation has mostly focused on knowledge, since knowledge is the beginning of identity formation, with some commentators saying that we need…

Dear Uhuru Kenyatta

I hope this finds you in good health. It has been a while since I addressed you directly, but I have been busy with work, and life, you know how these things are. I saw you in the news recently, looking visibly frustrated and complaining about corruption, as you like to do. I must say,…

Back to Basics: The Value of History

by Robert Munuku Often, while growing up in primary school, we challenged each other to name the capital cities of African countries, and it was a thing of pride to be the child who could name the most. There was one boy called Kieven Yu, of Chinese origin but born and raised in Mombasa town…

Why the World is on Fire

“When the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of growth of output and income, as it did in the nineteenth century and seems quite likely to do again in the twenty-first, capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that radically undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based.” Thomas Piketty Few…

(Class)Room For All

Ed: This essay is part of a series of essays on education policy in the country. Read part one and part two. by Nyambura Mutanyi We have made some progress in making education available to all Kenyan children. In the years since Free Primary Education was instituted in Kenya, we have seen millions of children get to…