Intelligent. Kenyan.

Published: 1 week ago

Hearing Questions

When is a question valid? Or, more directly, when are which questions valid? And how do we navigate (in)valid questions? This then turns into a question on community. And because different communities have different assumed forms of knowledge – then some questions become violent …

Published: 2 weeks ago

On Resistance

On March 7th, Uhuru Kenyatta pulled his worst bad faith move yet. After the government and the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) failed to reach an agreement on a return-to-work formula to end the seemingly never-ending doctors’ strike, he took his best …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Staying Soft

“In effect, this means that speaking one’s truth becomes an action of laying one bare. An action of putting the self on the line. Putting the self in the line of possible violence.” On truths Something about vulnerability and safe spaces keeps coming back …

Published: 4 weeks ago

First, Do No Harm

Though widely thought to be taken from the Hippocratic Oath, the phrase as we know it does not appear in the historic document. The Oath instead says “I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” However, this phrase remains a key guideline for medical professionals …

Published: 2 months ago

Now What?

State (noun): a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government. Kenya is a state. It has geographical territory of 581,309.881 square kilometres and a population of approximately 44 million people. These people are organized under a central government with …

Published: 3 months ago

What About The Children?

I remember sitting my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams vividly, mostly because it was a period I wanted to be over and done with as fast as possible. My first paper was English (Paper 1), and my exams went on for almost …

Published: 3 months ago

Flower Girls, Girlfriends and Sexist Discourse: The Politics of the Two-Thirds Gender Bill

by Wendy Okolo The African Human Development Report indicates that African countries make up four out of the top 10 countries with high levels of women representation in parliament. These four countries are Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, and South Africa. It comes as no surprise …

Published: 4 months ago

Against Memory

It is the dignity of the patient that underscores all this. Tabu Robert In case you missed it, doctors are on strike. It’s possible you may have missed it because *your* doctor is not on strike – but doctors are on strike. And it’s …

Published: 4 months ago

To Africanize, Decolonize Or Both?

This conversation on what it means to be African has been happening since the days of the independence struggles in many African countries, and has been a major part of African post-colonial discourse. The conversation has mostly focused on knowledge, since knowledge is the …

Published: 4 months ago

Choosing Ourselves

by Brenda Wakiagi In the year 1989, American professor and civil rights advocate, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality. Intersectionality has since grown to take center-stage in feminist discourse, laying focus on the fact that the fight to rid the world of structural forms of oppression cannot …

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