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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

What we learned from Kenya’s first ever televised presidential debate

Kenya had its first ever televised presidential debate on Monday night. Like many others I was watching the livestream online and Tweeting while at it. I have included some of my real time tweets in this post (see below). A number of things stood out during the debate. The incumbent Prime Minister Raila Odinga—referred to

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I Dreamed of Kenya

It interesting that the title of the video (embedded below)–shot recently by filmmaker Cary Fukunaga and commissioned by fashion brand Maiyet*–is “Sleepwalking in the Rift.” Not just alluding to dreaming, but also, because we are in the realm...

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The (Kenyan) Male Gaze

Levi-Strauss writes of a Native American people for whom every dream has a hidden sexual meaning, except explicitly sexual dreams, for which it is imperative that non-sexual interpretations be found. I am reaching for an Oscar Wilde...

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The “legacy” of Mwai Kibaki

We know journalists will soon begin to obsess over what is the legacy of Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s 3rd President since Independence. Kibaki has to stand down next March (when elections are scheduled in Kenya) after two terms...

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Donald Trump comes to Kenya

Last week, on “The Tonight Show,” US President Barack Obama joked that his combative relationship with rightwing businessman Donald Trump (who claims Obama wasn’t born in the United States) goes back to their time playing football together in...

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Strategic Kinship of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto

Blogger Kweli of Bring me the African Guy writes for us on the relationship of Kenyan politicians Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. "Although they are facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the two have been...

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