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…

Where is Kenya? A Review

“Today we commemorate our 54th Birthday as an independent nation.  On this day, 54 years ago, the Union Jack came down and the Kenyan flag went up.” Uhuru Kenyatta, 12th December 2017 (full speech) With these words, a week ago, the president began his speech to mark our 54th year of independence. It was in…

But It’s My Body

I return to Saul Williams,   “What is the price of freedom, how is it paid?”   At the protest march for #MyDressMyChoice, we marched past another group of people at Dedan Kimathi’s statue on Kimathi Street, Nairobi. They couldn’t have been more than 10. As we walked, by they watched silently, holding their placards:…

Systemic Begging

by Caroline Maina Since Form 1 placements started, there have been several articles in the Daily Nation featuring students risking illiteracy due to poverty. Were I an outsider reading this paper, I would conclude that Kenyans are poor, their politicians are greedy and that Machakos is the capital city based on its development. These articles…