Strange Encounters Of The Green City In The Sun: Humour And Honour Among The Corrupt

I GOT a call from one of my favourite cabbies in Nairobi a short while ago, wondering why I had’t given him business for some weeks. He is the ultimate chronicler of urban life, a man with a remarkable mind for the juicy tales of the city, and I chuckled when I remembered the recent […]

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Presidents Into Kings: We’ve Lost The Fight Against 3rd Terms In Africa, So Here Are Some Parting Sour Shots

AS presidential term limits collapse in the face of attacks by big men in Africa, a seemingly difficult question has taken root: Britain, Germany, Israel and other successful nations in Europe and Asia don’t have term limits. So why is it being touted as the magic elixir for Africa’s politics? It’s a valid question, and […]

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Why Did Obama Not Arrest a ‘Bad-mannerred’ Schoolgirl, And How Can The Scots Get a Divorce Referendum Without a War?

AS Africans, we have every right to hold a grudge (even hate) the west: They colonised us and, worse, subjected Africans to the worst form of degradation and exploitation – slavery (though, of course, our chiefs were deeply complicit in this crime). Yet, hate it as we might, the West keeps throwing stuff at us […]

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Why Revolution, Occupy Movements, Terrorists And All Sorts Of Anti-Establishment Things Are Good For Capitalism  

I HAVE been studying photos of the Sunni jihadist group, Islamic State of Iraq, those militants who are trying to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria – to begin with. On June 10 last week, they made some mind-blowing military gains, capturing Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and most of the surrounding province of […]

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Desperate Measures: To Deal With Rape, Men Should Get Johnson Licences

WARNING: This blog has been written in anger. I REALLY HOPED I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WRITE ANOTHER BLOG AGAINST RAPE SO SOON: I don’t quite understand why, but the story of the rape of those two teenage Indian girls (cousins Murti and Pushpa), who were then murdered and left hanging from a mango tree, disturbed […]

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Why Do Soldiers And Rebels Shoot People’s Legs Or Cut Off Their Feet In War? You Don’t Want To Know

ONE OF  THE  HORRIFIC  photographs of the recent ethnic slaughter in Bentui, capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, showed the bodies of four men lying near a mini van It seems they were travelling in the vehicle, and were stopped and murdered by one of the factions in the ugly war in South Sudan. Two […]

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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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