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Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

One is a hipster meeting place in the middle of east London, the other overlooks the Menengai crater in Kenya and is staffed by orphans. But these two bakeries, E5 Bakehouse and Ujima Bakehouse, seemingly worlds apart, have come together over a sourdough starter and a shared passion for healthy bread. Situated in the Nakuru […]

CSs Kariuki and Kandie Speak Against Gender Violence

CSs Kariuki and Kandie Speak Against Gender Violence

Jackline Mwende is still admitted at PCEA Kikuyu hospital where she is undergoing treatment after her hands were chopped off by her husband. On Saturday, Mwende received unusual visitors Cabinet Secretaries Sicily Kariuki and Phylis Kandie–this time not in her maternal home in Kathama village in Machakos County, but in her hospital bed. The two […]

Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa’s Most Innovative And Controversial Tech Hacks

Africa may be taking a great leap forward into the digital era. But when technology reaches a new area, the hackers are never far behind. Many are familiar with the African hacker cliche: revolving around a badly written email from someone, claiming to be a friend, for example, who has been mugged and needs an […]

Kenya: More Women Needed To Hold Top Jobs In Banks

Kenya: More Women Needed To Hold Top Jobs In Banks

Women hold about 29 per cent of top jobs in the banking sector, showing there is room for more gender inclusion. A survey by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) further shows that women occupied 20 per cent of board positions with only two serving as chairpersons. The survey included 20 banks. Low gender diversity […]

Kenya: Miss World Kenya Stripped Of Title Amid Claims of a Rash ‘Personal Life’

Kenya: Miss World Kenya Stripped Of Title Amid Claims of a Rash ‘Personal Life’

Miss World Kenya 2016 Roshanara Ebrahim has been stripped of her title. According to Ashley’s, owners of the Miss World Kenya franchise, the decision was due to personal reasons. In a statement, Ashley’s  stated that Roshanara Ebrahim will no longer be representing the country both domestically and internationally as Miss World Kenya. “A grave situation […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

Kenya’s Rapid Urbanisation Takes Toll On Maasai Communal Land

Kenya’s Rapid Urbanisation Takes Toll On Maasai Communal Land

It’s just before sunset, the time of day when Maasai herdsman Josphat Ole Tonkei would have been counting his herd of cows after hours in the grazing fields, a few years ago. Today Tonkei must wait until darkness to perform the check. The routes to grazing fields and water points have been blocked and he […]

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Forced Sterilisation and Other Rights Violations of HIV Positive Women Must End, Urges Graça Machel

Graça Machel has called for an end to impunity for violations of the rights of women living with HIV, such as forced sterilisation. The former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa was chairing a debate at the International AIDS Conference in Durban last week. She said the international community must develop a new sense […]

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

EAC Women Business Leaders Call for More Support

Regional governments have been urged to give more support to women in business to enhance entrepreneurship and ensure equitable and sustainable development. Mary Muthoni, the chairperson of Women in Business Committee at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), said women entrepreneurs have limited access to affordable credit, and lack skills required to provide […]

Can The Internet Reboot Africa?

Can The Internet Reboot Africa?

You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you’ll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone. There’s free Facebook, mobile banking, […]