EDITOR’S PICK: Words, Pythagoras, The Lord’s Prayer, 10 Commandments, And Selling Cabbages

Now this from Jim Daye surely sums up how “insane” regulations can be as well as anything you have read recently: • Pythagoras’ Theorem–24 words. •The Lord’s Prayer–66 words. •Archimedes’ Principle–67 words. •The 10 Commandments–79 words. •The Gettysburg Address–286 words. •The US Declaration of Independence–1,300 words. •US Constitution with all  the  27 Amendments– 7,818 words. […]

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“How Africa Tweets”: A Bamboozled Nairobi Editor Fishes For Meaning In A Report

YESTERDAY the communications agency Portland released its second “How Africa Tweets” report. The report studied “geo-located” tweets during the last three months of 2013. For us humble folk, geo-located means our mobile phones or computer have an active thingy that makes it possible to locate exactly where we are using it from it…e.g. in Yamoussoukro, […]

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RANDOM THOUGHTS: Queer Haters, Women’s High Heels, And The Turkana Girls Who Couldn’t Eat

ONE of my favourite TV characters is forensic anthropologist  Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) from the series Bones – a super smart, rich, confident, and liberated woman. Every time I watch the show, I wish that the real world were as coldly rational as Brennan views it.  With African big men, from Nigeria, Gambia to Uganda (and […]

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Kenya’s Governor Mutua And The Power Of Social Media Spin: Old School Editors Meet Their Match

HE might not be universally liked, but there is no doubting that Dr Alfred Mutua is the most happening County Governor in Kenya today. Previously a journalism lecturer, then Government Spokesman in former president Mwai Kibaki’s government, Mutua clearly learnt a thing or two about spin. And his use of social media reveals a lot […]

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I Visited IBM Research Africa’s Lab And Didn’t Get A Lousy T-Shirt…I Did Better

 So yesterday our (Nation Media Group) CEO Linus Gitahi, Online managing editor Churchill Otieno, Business Daily managing editor Ochieng Rapuro, and yours truly visited with IBM Research Africa lab at the Catholic University, in Nairobi’s Karen suburb. How come Catholic University? Well, when IBM chose to locate its first research lab in Africa in Nairobi, […]

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LETTER FROM A FRIEND: If Only Men Were More Like Women, There Would Be Less Confusion In The World (With A Light Touch)

AND so it is time again for LETTER FROM A FRIEND. In keeping with custom, I shall describe my friend – who also happens to be a relative, by the way – by his initials OOWG. He is a master of the tongue-in-cheek story…particularly the half-truth, half-fiction variety. This one, he swears, is (mostly) what […]

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AFRICAN CHRONICLES: In Central African Republic ‘Hell’, France Reportedly Steals Rwanda’s Glory

A GOOD SOURCE IN STRIFE-TORN CENTRAL AFRICAN Republic’s (CAR) capital Bangui, tells me that early in the week the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) in the peacekeeping force there, set off on a dangerous journey of about 700 kilometres to the border with Cameroon. Their mission was to secure passage for about 100 trucks carrying humanitarian […]

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Entebbe Makes Love When The Great Lakes Makes War: The Comeback Of A Lakeside City And Its Dark Secret

JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THE CRISES in Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan couldn’t get worse, they did. From CAR, photos of a man, a deranged  Christian called “Mad Dog”, cutting and eating up a dead Muslim in revenge emerged. There is a mob surrounding him, cheering on in approval. The “cannibal” is so […]

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Guns, ‘Foreign’ Armies, And East Africa’s New Long Security Wall (What South Sudan Tells Us)

DAYS AHEAD OF THE SIGNING OF A TRUCE by the warring South Sudan parties in Addis Ababa last Thursday evening (January 23, 2014), Sudan (Khartoum) and Ethiopia criticised Uganda’s role in the crisis. It all started late December. As the East and Horn of Africa grouping, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) met to find […]

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Where Plastic Jerrycans Are Gold, And ‘VIP Latrines’ Become Foodstores; Why Tribal Analysis Of Africa’s Problems Is A Fail

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO VIEW AFRICA’S PROBLEMS THROUGH ETHNIC LENSES, there is always more than enough evidence to cast their outlook in doubt. Take Uganda. Some people like to think that because President Yoweri Museveni is from the west, the people of that region, especially his Ankole region, are “eating” and having a party […]

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