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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, […]

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 […]