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Published: 3 days ago

Breaking Bread in Eastleigh

by Bethuel Muthee Food is a personal thing.  We have individual preferences to what we eat, where we at, and even with whom. The smell of a food we like engages our memory, we can even taste it on tongues, we think of good …

Published: 1 week ago

Kati Kati – Somewhere Between Death and Freedom

Spoiler – they all die in the beginning. Actually, no. By the time the movie starts they’re all dead. We set in on Kaleche, who finds herself in the middle of the wilderness. It is through the eyes of Kaleche that the world of …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Over a Common Pain

As I write this piece I mourn with the Kenya rugby family the deaths of Mike Okombe and Peter Wekesa. May their families find some form of peace in this trying time. It’s been a sad year for Kenya rugby. This weekend, Mike Okombe …

Published: 1 month ago

What Happens Now?

It has been 137 days since Kenyan nurses went on strike demanding better pay and better working conditions. In this time, the Kenyan central government, county governments and the Salaries Commission have engaged in brinkmanship when it comes to resolving their issues, as if …

Published: 2 months ago

In The Name Of Freedom

On 1st September 2017, Kenya’s Supreme Court made history by annulling the August 8th presidential election. In a 4-2 decision, they determined that the recently concluded presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and was invalid, null and void. The election …

Published: 2 months ago

Making Room

When we force ourselves to fit within frames as defined by someone else there will always be spaces that we fail to fill. There will always be ways that we aren’t. Ways that we don’t measure up to the defined space – and others …

Published: 2 months ago

The F-word: The Place of Feminism In Contemporary Kenya

This is a transcript of a talk I gave at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) on the topic “The F-Word”: What is the Place of Feminism in Contemporary Kenya? “Patriarchy, in many ways, is the primary form of oppression. Its victims comprise …

Published: 2 months ago

Opening Up

If there is a way I have failed my masculinity, it has been by way of omission. I keep returning to this idea of toxic masculinity. I keep returning to the correlation between toxicity and survival – this still remains too complicated a strand …

Published: 3 months ago

Book Review: Visual Voices, the Work of over 50 contemporary Artists in Kenya

If a painting is worth a thousand words then it would take a novel about the length of Atlas Shrugged to even begin to write a review of Visual Voices. Put together by Footprints press the collection covers over 400 pieces of work from …

Published: 3 months ago

Understanding this political season’s top musical hits: Tano Tena

In part 2 of this two part series Alexander Ikawah takes us through campaign music and what it says about us, who we are and where we are. Part 1 here.  This is the second part of a series of essays discussing and explaining the songs …

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