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The Igbo people of modern day Nigeria conceptualized the idea and act of suicide much the same way as the Luo people of modern day Kenya. The Igbo have a concept known as Nso ani – a religious offence of a kind abhorred by everyone. Nso ani is a sin so…
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Among the Luo Peoples suicide was a taboo. People were not allowed to commit suicide. In the old days, in Luo Kitgi gi Timbegi, it was an absolute taboo to commit suicide. The Luo believed that if a person committed suicide, they had become a ghost and…
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20 kilometers West of Eldoret, along the Sosiani River, there is a waterfall, a 70-metre cliff separating a flat land from the rocky escarpment. They call it Koromosho or Chepkit Waterfalls. Old men and women would gather here, convinced that they had…
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These are initial thoughts on how systems theory can be applied to tackling the rampant insecurity situation in Kenya, particularly petty crimes in urban centres.

1. REGISTRATION OF PERSONS: Introduce a single electronic ID, linked to a single registration of persons database, for all Kenyans over 18 years of age (and an electronic birth certificate for those under 18 years). This ID will be used for registration anywhere in the country, whether it is universities and colleges, opening bank accounts, accessing government services, registering businesses, seeking employment, leasing rental, virtually everything.
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Eating and drinking places in Nairobi’s CBD are boastful, loud and flashy. The American obsession with excesses has become Nairobi’s identity. Not in London. Still there are certain idiosyncrasies that cities share. When I was here for the Africa Writes Festival 2017, on a day of touring the many sides of the city, I found myself in Wood Green, seated in Kantin—a small restaurant playing American RnB on the stereo. While waiting for their Kantin Special—egg, 2 bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, mushroom, and black pudding, all for £6.90—I raced my hands under the table and encountered a sticky gum, just like I had encountered before in a beer parlour in Kampala, a bustling tea kiosk on Tom Mboya Street, or the many other eating and drinking places. At least sticking chewing gum under tables is a shared global culture.

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We are in the 1980s. Jewel Howard is at the University of Liberia. Enter Charles Taylor. The two begin dating. As it happens, sometimes, a child appears from heaven and Charles and Jewel have one. Later Charles is accused of embezzling 1 million dollars from the government of Samuel Kanyon Doe, Master Sergeant Doe – the Chairman of the People’s Redemption Council and the de facto head of State (1980-1990). Taylor frees to America. America takes Taylor and puts him in the can. By the time Jewel Taylor arrives in America to look for her sweetheart, Taylor is doing time in a correctional facility in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, then he mysteriously escapes from prison.

Decades later, during his trial, in 2009, Taylor would clarify on the ‘mysterious’ escape. He narrated how CIA agents helped him to escape from the maximum security prison in 1985, days after a failed US-backed coup attempt to overthrow the Liberian government. A coup organized by his friend, the Liberian military leader, Thomas Quiwonkpa. Taylor recalled how one night in November 1985, a prison guard unlocked his cell and escorted him to the minimum security area, where, tying a sheet to a window, he climbed out and scaled the prison fence, and led to a waiting car with two men instructed to deliver him to New York. He could not change cars to be with his then wife, who had driven to meet the escape car with money to get Taylor out of the country, to avoid the complications of being stopped along the way.
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In the 1960s, US writer, Paul Theroux, described Kenya as a “querulous republic”, as simply an assortment of ethnic communities fiercely competing for control of the centre. Did he see something in us, something that we have been unable to see ourselves,…
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On a more serious note, even if different regions were to secede, say, Kenya ends up divided into two, it would just be the start of a long disintegration process, where every region, loosely based on the semi-autonomous regions (provinces) at…
Notes On the Secession Debates in Kenya
Notes On the Secession Debates in Kenya
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Octopizzo Da’Illest has a new track out, “Nu Africa” off his upcoming 5th Studio Album. It is an aspirational track, laid-back and mature. Excellent production. Absolutely. The video concept is just too good and is beautifully executed. OCTOPIZZO’s music…
“Nu Africa” – @OCTOPIZZO
“Nu Africa” – @OCTOPIZZO
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Khaligraph Jones, aka Brian Ouko Omollo, aka Ndugu Omollo is arguably the best hip hop artist in Kenya today, pulping every rival to mashed potatoes, but it is only recently that he is beginning to find his strength, and is slowly climbing the steps to…
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