A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

December 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

What’s Holding Kenya Back?

October 03, 2017

Kenya needs stronger legal and informal frameworks to enable the proper functioning of its institutions.  In their book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and David Robinson infer a fundamental minimum for a properly functioning nation — the...

Kenya Celebrates the Success of Rhino Conservation

September 29, 2017

Rhino conservation efforts in Kenya demonstrate that it is possible to overcome poaching. As the world marked the 2017 World Rhino Day on September 22 to celebrate all five species of the rhino — black, white, Indian, Sumatran and Javan — Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy celebrated four...

Kenyan Elections: The Most Hotly Contested Since Independence

August 08, 2017

Despite familiar faces, this election might mark the end of an era and the emergence of new actors in Kenyan politics. The general elections on August 8 are the most competitive and hotly contested in Kenyan history. This year, President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking re-election while opposition...

Opening New Markets in Kenya

March 03, 2017

What Shaped Martin Luther King Jr.’s Prophetic Vision?

January 16, 2017

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a look back at the great man's political and spiritual heritage.  The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention (DNC) nomination acceptance and...

Obama’s Kenyan Homecoming: Dreams From His Father’s Land

July 23, 2015

Obama’s visit to Kenya comes off the most important month of his presidency. History is upon us as an acclaimed umbilical homecoming beckons. Kenya will play host to the most significant “foreign” visitor to ever grace the country’s shores. US President Barack Obama will be visiting the...

Kenya Remains Unbowed and Unshaken

April 07, 2015

In wake of the Garissa attack, Kenyans mourn the victims and dream of a brighter future. On April 2, four gunmen from al-Shabab stormed into Garissa University College in Kenya, killing 148 students and injuring 79 others. Among the dead was my high school friend, Agnes Mwende Muthama, a...

Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya

July 30, 2014

The lack of access to gainful employment is a cause of frustration and disappointment for many young people in Kenya. Vickie Wambura Wamonje is the founder of Nafisika Trust, a prison rehabilitation program that seeks to reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates in Kenya. She was elected an...

Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change

July 23, 2014

Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime. Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from prison....

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