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OPINIONS

WHY YOU SHOULD BE INVESTING  YOUR MONEY IN KENYAN ART

For a long time, Kenyan art was only mentioned in hushed whispers when compared to her African cousins. Kenya was described as the land of craft. More wooden salad servers than you could shake a lettuce leaf at (and some of
it is pretty poor quality too)... [..]

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THE PILGRIM’S LUCK

Let’s call him Jack! Jack, a Kenyan man in his thirties, embarked on an adventure in South East Asia. With a few belongings and his motorbike, Jack traversed through paths in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He biked through villages and jungle... [..]

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NO WE CAN’T

Being a great keeper of scrap books and journals, current events recently led me to relocate the front page of a newspaper which I had cut and pasted the day after the Republic of South Sudan became an independent state on the 9th July, 2011. With the country’s new, red, green, white and black flag in the background, it featured three youngsters, two male and one female, punching the air with clenched fists and all bearing expressions of unalloyed joy. The headline read, ‘Free at last! History is made as South Sudan becomes the latest member of the family of nations.’.. [..]

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THEBE IKALAFENG
IBRAHIM AWARD
NOT A FAIR INCENTIVE FOR AFRICAN LEADERSHIP

For a second consecutive year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation committee resolved that there was no African leader worthy of the $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. It was the fourth time there had been no winner in the award’s seven-year history. Like previous awards and no-awards years, the decision was in 2013 met with curiosity, disappointment and derision.. [..]

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SANYU AWORI
SURRENDERING TO INDIA AND KILLING DIFFERENCE WITH KINDNESS

any people are surprised that I chose to pack up and move to Delhi. Yet, I saw no other way. Even during the interview for my job, that would involve advocating for the practical realisation of human rights in Commonwealth countries, my employers, an international human rights non-governmental organisation, raised the issue that, the African community living in Delhi experienced discrimination. Would I still be willing to take the job? Of course! My rationale was clear.. [..]

AMANDAL OOKO-OMBAKA
PUBLIC SECTOR HEART - PRIVATE SECTOR MIND

On paper, the new Kenyan Cabinet is shaking up the status quo onmany fronts: it is 33% female, the majority of its members areunder 55 years old, and the private sector experience of the group comprises 3 former C-suite members of leading banks. Thanks to the new constitution, even the process of Cabinet nomination has changed: Cabinet ministers cannot be Members of Parliament and must be vetted by Parliament to prevent unilateral appointment by the executive. [..]

BY JOHN SIBI-OKUMU
DON’T DAMN THE ELITE!


That newspaper headline in early December last year drew attention to itself, predictably. It led the reader to an excerpt of a speech presented by Dr. Willy Mutunga, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, during an annual dinner for alumni of Starehe Boys’ School in Nairobi. The ‘CJ,’ as he is elliptically known,[..]

CHRISTINE ASIKO
THE BIG LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP: MONEY

Money makes me really uncomfortable. Actually, I am tormented by my relationship with money. I need it, in my private and professional life (I fundraise) and have to ask for it regularly. It is a fact of life that causes me to doubt myself, feel guilty, make excuses, procrastinate and generally tie myself in knots. Why can’t I simply come to terms with this fundamental fact of life? In an attempt to transform my relationship with money, I have decided to peel back the layers and examine the core of my debilitating apprehensions about money,[..]

LET’S TALK JAZZ – ISSUE

Last week I was having a drink with the boys when one of them asked me to lend him some Jazz CDs. You see, he had tripped along with me to the countryside the previous weekend, and he fell in love with my jazz as we drove all of 380 kilometres to the serene village of Namasoli, a picture of untamed splendour nestled somewhere in western Kenya.. I played lots of Norman Brown and mostly stuff from his album “,[..]

JERRY OKUNGU
THE IMPACT OF KENYA’S ECONOMY
ON THE REST OF EASTERN AFRICA


It is a given that Kenya hosts the third largest United Nations complex outside the United States and Europe. It is also true that for decades, Kenya has been the landing pad for many international emergency operations, military, humanitarian and rescue missions in the Horn of Africa and the larger Great Lakes Region. [..]

AMANDAL OOKO-OMBAKA
OWNING THE CONVERSATION ON AFROPOLITANISM

KIKOI’S AND KIJABE STREET The first time I came across the exemplification of Afropolitanism, the melange of African and cosmopolitan, was in Taiye Selasi’s
2005 article “Bye-Bye Barbar”. The tongue-in-cheek article described the newest generation of African emigrants as, “coming soon, or collected already at a law firm/chem lab/jazz lounge near you”. I immediately saw some of myself in the Afropolitans Selasi claimed were easily spotted abroad - kikoi scarf paired with a summer dress, an American accent, British manners and an African outlook on life.[..]

IF SYNDROMES PERSIST...
JOHN SIBI-OKUMU

The Christmas season, heralding as it does the end of another year, is
always a good time to take stock of times past. 2013 will go down in the
history books as the year of ‘Kenya at 50.’ A chance conversation with a
Czech, UN official in early September gave me an outsider’s considered
perception of how far we had travelled. Through his remarks I was obliged to
acknowledge how much we, as citizens, often take for granted..[..]

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In late September, al-Shabaab tweeted rampantly as their militants terrorised and murdered people at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. The terror group used this global platform to incessantly threaten, taunt and defend their despicable act against innocent shoppers. Each time Twitter suspended their feeds al-Shabaab would use various Twitter handles and variants of their name. Simultaneously, copycat accounts emerged, leading to further confusion and false reports. Fourteen hours into the siege, the al–Shabaab continued to post tweets. [..]

JERRY OKUNGU
SWEEPING AWAY DICTATORSHIPS

Tahrir Square demonstrations in Cairo came and went. And like a hurricane, they swept dictators Mubarak and loyalist soldiers into the Red Sea! The Arab Spring revolt was merciless. It sent the Tunisian President packing. Not even strong man Muammar Gaddafi was spared. The man died on the streets of Sirte as a common criminal. In a matter of weeks, the “King of kings” was no more.[..]

JOHN SIBI-OKUMU
A TIME TO CAST AWAY - ISSUE

“And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition.”
It’s a reflection either of your age or your knowledge of musicals if you recognise these as words from the Broadway classic, ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ I remember seeing an enthralling production of it on the stage of our own National Theatre and there are many who would remember the award winning film version from Hollywood in 1971. For the unfamiliar, [..]

CHRISTINE ASIKO
COOLING THE WITCH’S BREW - ISSUE

Correct me if I am wrong but I have been told that when witches brew their magical potions, they cannot be mixed with our more mundane elixirs. Pour a charmed potion into the bowl with some milk or soup and the liquids will sit next to each other like blobs. They simply do not mix. Shake them violently together in a bottle and strange things could happen!...[..]

CHRISTINE ASIKO
THE EVOLVING BUSINESS WOMAN

Take a moment and think about it. Today’s women are the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today. In all shapes, races and cultures, women entrepreneurs, women in corporations, and women in politics, women in academia and women innovators.[..]

NATALIE GITHUKU
ATTENDING THE GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF THE AFRICAN UNION

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ARRIVAL
Flight ET 802, landed in Addis Ababa at 7:40am, just in time for me to attend the first round of discussions. As soon as I arrived in Addis, I was welcomed with banners posted across the city; ‘Africa turns 50’ ‘Golden Jubilee of the Freedom of Africa’s people’ that concreted the realisation that this year, this month, this week marked 50 years of African Independence. [..]

WAGITHI MWANGI
CABINET SECRETARIES, A NEW DISPENSATION

Take a moment and think about it. Today’s women are the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today. In all shapes, races and cultures, women entrepreneurs, women in corporations, and women in politics, women in academia and women innovators.[..]

CHRISTINE ASIKO
HELICOPTER NIGHTMARES

The incoming call comes through: “Hello am I speaking to Mary Kazi?” a shrill voice asks.
“Yes you are…,” the Human Resources Manager validates the question.

“Oh, good! I want to find out why you did not offer my son Guy the job?”[..]

CHRISTINE ASIKO
THE EVOLVING BUSINESS WOMAN

Take a moment and think about it. Today’s women are the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today. In all shapes, races and cultures, women entrepreneurs, women in corporations, and women in politics, women in academia and women innovators.[..]

ARNOLDA SHIUNDU
IS ALL PUBLICITY GOOD PUBLICITY?

In recent weeks, the media hype around Korean Air and their advert referring to Kenya as a land of ‘indigenous people with primitive energy’ has been remarkable. What started off as a simple announcement by Korean Air about their non-stop flights from Korea to Kenya made.[..]

WAGITHI MWANGI
AFRICA’S SUPER PERFORMERS

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n 2006, I was part of a Kenyan delegation of journalists invited to attend a ten day journalism conference in Lusaka, Zambia. We stayed at a lovely small hotel converted from a residence in a Lusaka suburb, about 10 minutes from the central business district.[..]

ARNOLDA SHIUNDU
SETTING THE STANDARD IN


Last month, I read with great interest, an article about the on-going crisis in Kenya as PR firms battle each other for staff and .[..]

SERIOUSNESS BAOUT DIASPORANS
GEORGE MUIRURI

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When Steve Waruri left home in 2003 to further his education in the US mid-west after several family harambees that raised the requisite funds, little did he know that he would graduate in record time, take on odd jobs in Cincinnati [..]


AELXANDRA HICKOK SMITH
ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHINA

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Our metropolis’ new highway system, part of over 1,200 miles of road funded by Chinese investment being built throughout the country, is nearing completion. The Thika Highway, .[..]

ADEFINING MOMENT FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
ARNOLDA SHIUNDU

I’ve just re-read ‘I do not come to you by chance’, by a young Nigerian writer, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. It reads like an exposé on dotcom crime, the Nigerian e-mail scams.[..]

MIDDLE CLASS MATERIALISM
WAGITHI MWANGI

Networking is an ubiquitous term in the modern vocabulary, used in reference to life, the pursuit of love and, of course, business. Networking in business is like wind to a fire. As modern communications technologies race past the ‘old boys clubs’ on the information [..]

THE CASE FOR SWAHILI IN CONTEMPORARY KENYA
WAGITHI MWANGI

On 28th December 2011, while releasing the 2011 KCPE results, Professor Sam Ongeri, Minister for Education, decried the deterioration of the English and Kiswahili languages.[..]

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