AID WILL NEVER SAVE AFRICA

A long time ago when I was still an impressionable 20-year-old,I wanted to work for the United Nations . somewhere remote,wild where people were in dire straits was my preferred option. Aid organisations in Africa are a dime a dozen and their fleets of four-wheel drives are always zooming past you on a mission to save someContinue reading “AID WILL NEVER SAVE AFRICA”

AFRICA’S FATHER FIGURES ……..

Being a Bantu from Eastern Africa I have been struck recently by how words which color both my language and our national language Swahili have in common with Shona that is spoken in parts of Southern Africa especially Zimbabwe. Swahili for anyone not familiar with the language is the most colorful language in the world.It is spatteredContinue reading “AFRICA’S FATHER FIGURES ……..”

A REASON TO END WARS IN AFRICA…….?

“War is Africa’s perpetual ripe fruit.There is so much injustice to resolve,such desire for revenge in the blood of the people,such crippling corruption of power,such unseemly scramble for natural resources.The wind of power shifts and there go the fruit again ,tumbling toward the ground ,each war more inventively terrible than the last.”- Cocktail hour under theContinue reading “A REASON TO END WARS IN AFRICA…….?”

AFRICA NEEDS ITS WOMEN…..FREE.

“…… all countries (especially developing ones) are better served when women are encouraged to play a full and mature role in the running of their communities.”   These are not my own words but those of a former head of the Canadian International Development Agency Margaret Catley – Carlson.They are from the book In My Own Name ,aContinue reading “AFRICA NEEDS ITS WOMEN…..FREE.”

DINNER WITH MUGABE…..AN AFRICAN STORY.

Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland could  be the story of any post independence African President and most of its political leaders. A war hero whose dreams for his country went up in  smoke and here is why… The best thing that can explain this, an excerpt from the book where the author interviews aContinue reading “DINNER WITH MUGABE…..AN AFRICAN STORY.”

THE AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY AT A PRICE

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so manyContinue reading “THE AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY AT A PRICE”

WHY KENYANS NEED TO START WALKING OUT OF POLITICAL RALLIES

Apparently i am not suffering from arthritis as i previously thought i have wrist tendonitis.Le me explain…I have been having some excruciating  pain shoot through my wrist every time someone shakes my right hand or i do any work that involves movement to my right wrist,texting,writing,sometimes even when typing my fingers have to be on theContinue reading “WHY KENYANS NEED TO START WALKING OUT OF POLITICAL RALLIES”

TEACHING THE CONSTITUTION TO OUR CHILDREN:THE WAY TO STOP TRIBALISM

This Saturday on the 27th of August,how many Kenyans will be popping bottles of champagne  and celebrating one year since we passed the new Constitution?Few if any and you know why,because nothing much has changed. Except for the fact  that we have a new CJ,more judges were sworn in after going through a very openContinue reading “TEACHING THE CONSTITUTION TO OUR CHILDREN:THE WAY TO STOP TRIBALISM”

JANE EYRE ON WOMEN: 19th Century lesson for Kenyan women

“Women are supposed to be very calm generally:but women feel just as men feel;they need to exercise for their faculties,and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do;they suffer from too rigid a constraint ,too absolute a stagnation,precisely as men would suffer;and it is narrow minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures toContinue reading “JANE EYRE ON WOMEN: 19th Century lesson for Kenyan women”

TEMPTRESS By Paul Spicer

Lord Erroll’s reputation preceded him among the happy valley crowd.Good looking and a womanizer his exploits were well known.This book by Paul Spicer tells the story of one of his love interests the Countess De Janze,Alice. While his murder is unsolved to date and the only other person charged with the murder Sir Henry BroughtonContinue reading “TEMPTRESS By Paul Spicer”