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ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Besides the principles of the 2010 Constitution, the action plan – like the resolution – focuses on four pillars, namely prevention; protection; participation […]

Kenya: Commission In Bid To Revive Two-Third Gender Rule Debate

Kenya: Commission In Bid To Revive Two-Third Gender Rule Debate

The gender equality commission has warned that both Houses of Parliament will be declared unconstitutional if the two-third gender rule is not implemented. National Gender Equality Commission Chairperson Winfred Lichuma said since MPs failed to pass a Bill, time has come for the National Assembly to provide an alternative way to achieve the rule. “I […]

Somali Refugees In Kenya Fear Being Repatriated

Somali Refugees In Kenya Fear Being Repatriated

All of Deck Yusuf Mohamed’s childhood memories begin and end within the confines of the world’s largest refugee camp. Deck, 25, fondly reminisces about playing football with his friends as a child in the dusty grounds at Ifo, one of the camps at Dadaab, unaware that he was even a refugee. When war broke out […]

‘There’s No Money In It’: Prize-Winning African Author Says Writers Must Diversify To Survive

‘There’s No Money In It’: Prize-Winning African Author Says Writers Must Diversify To Survive

South African writer Lidudumalingani laughs when I ask if he’s going to share his £10,000 prize money with his fellow shortlisted Caine Prize authors, like last year’s winner did. “I wish I could do that. But journalists and writers in Africa work hard to cover stories with very little resources. There is no money in […]

‘There Is No Escape’: Nairobi’s Air Pollution Sparks Africa Health Warning

‘There Is No Escape’: Nairobi’s Air Pollution Sparks Africa Health Warning

A minibus belches black smoke; the lorry behind it in the traffic jam billows white fumes. Eyes smart in the smog as diesel gases from thousands of 10 and 15-year-old vehicles fill Nairobi’s hazy evening air, adding to pollution levels that are “beyond imagination”, according to one resident. This jam could last for one, three, […]

Politics Pervades Everything: Kenyan Artists Take On Status Quo

Politics Pervades Everything: Kenyan Artists Take On Status Quo

Working on an industrial estate, Michael Soi paints giant, brightly coloured pictures of bar-girls and international businessmen in Nairobi’s nightclubs, and talks of art as dissent. A mile or so away, Peterson Kamwathi stands in a cut-down shipping container cum studio and says it his role to fight polarisation. Next door, Longinos Nagila hangs a […]

U.S. Star Alicia Keys Enlists Kenyan On Album

U.S. Star Alicia Keys Enlists Kenyan On Album

African music seems to be on an unstoppable rise in recent months with numerous signings of African acts to major record labels, massive collaborations, and more! Enlisted by Sony/RCA records and multi-platinum artiste Alicia Keys, Xpect – renown Kenyan DJ/Producer based in USA has produced one of only three official remixes of Alicia’s latest hit […]

Kenya Clamps Down On Journalists Covering War On Al-Shabaab

Kenya Clamps Down On Journalists Covering War On Al-Shabaab

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police. They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma […]

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Jacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the 6km to Mahanga K secondary school in western Kenya. There were no school buses and no paved roads around her village of […]

World’s First Tea Futures Contracts May Be Started in Kenya

World’s First Tea Futures Contracts May Be Started in Kenya

Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of black tea, is considering introducing the world’s first futures contracts for the leaves to help stabilize prices and enable growers to guarantee income from their production. INTL FCStone Inc., based in New York, has held talks with industry representatives in the East African nation about introducing the derivatives, Stuart […]