Land ownership in Kenya continues to be a thorny issue

Since the attainment of independence in 1963, the land issue has been on many a Kenyan’s mind. Many have claimed that the government extended the “land grabbing conveyor belt” pioneered by the British.

Snapchat shines light on Nairobi

Life in Nairobi is full of fun. That’s at least according to Snapchat.

Garissa children, victims of circumstance

To many Somalis of my generation, education was (and still is) the way out of the dusty villages we were born in and the attendant backbreaking labor. I cannot emphasize enough how schooling has had a great impact on our lifestyles, from that of our nomadic ancestors to a new, modern world, a world that… Continue reading…

After Americo’s piece, a flood of marriage proposals

If anyone ever told me that writing a 5000-word piece would get me hitched, I would never have believed him or her. Yet, that almost happened in late April after my profile piece about Mohamed Ali Nur Americo, Somalia’s former ambassador to Kenya, was published on SAHAN JOURNAL. The piece recounted the time Americo spent… Continue reading…

OpEd: Kim Kardashian and Vera Sidika – in the service of patriarchy

I knew that the women’s movement in Kenya was on its death bed when I saw naked images of Vera Sidika, also known as “The Kim Kardashian of Kenya”, on social media. Vera’s main claim to fame and notoriety are her extraordinarily large buttocks, which she is happy to display to her thousands of followers…. Continue reading…

Is it time for Somalia’s first female president?

The story of 42-year-old Fadumo Qasim Dayib begins in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area in the mid 1980s. Every Saturday morning, a single mother who had boundless dreams for her firstborn, took the daughter Fadumo to Nairobi. This was a Saturday morning motivational ritual between mother and daughter. She wanted the girl to see beyond the Eastleigh… Continue reading…

OpEd: Obama, come to Kenya; Rotberg, take a hike

In an influential political website, Robert I. Rotberg, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, recently wrote an article urging President Obama to cancel his planned trip to Kenya, calling the visit a “dumb idea.” I always fear the worst when “think tank” people from powerful countries talk about a country and a culture… Continue reading…

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