The Politics of Beauty

by Nkatha Obungu In the innocent space of childhood fantasy, I wanted to be a model when I grew up. This dream was so real and vivid to me that, for a while, I adopted a gait that must have seemed like a strange cross between a catwalk and limp. My idea of a model…

Disposable Kenyans

“We must see killability as too high a price to pay for development, for peace” ~Keguro Macharia  Last week there were five suspected gangsters shot down in the Loresho area. The police said that they were suspected of committing several crimes, hence their deaths made things better in the long run, because it brought safety…

An Alternative View Of Our Legal System

It’s not often that one finds a system that closely parallels the society one lives in. Every so often, however, an element of one’s environment seems to be a microcosm of something greater. The thing I perceive to be an organic representation of Kenyans and the constitution is this: BebaPay Google and Equity Bank partnered…

A Young Bull Mounts From the Head

by Linda Musita An African proverb implies that a young bull does not know the back of a cow from its front.  What the adolescent does when it is horny is try to get itself “in” through the face of its object of desire. I would like to assume it is because the young bull…

Don’t “Africa” Me

“Just landed in the beautiful country of Africa..I can tell you that the world is excited for #TheGifted,” tweeted Rick Ross on June 24th 2013. In this era of globalization and the Internet, the man still thinks Africa is a country. We may point at our screens and laugh at him for displaying his ignorance,…

Silence is a Good Man

I should probably write this with a qualification. I am a man. I cannot say I understand what women go through every day. I can leave the house at 10pm without thinking of whether or not I will be raped. I can go into a night club, on my own, just because I want to…

The State of Kenyan Education

Kenyan children are expectantly waiting for their laptops. Children across the republic sit for dinner and look askance at the parents who voted in a government that promised them laptops. This (looking forward to laptops) is, for me, symptomatic of what ails Kenyan education. An obsession with technology as the be-all and end-all. Show me…