REMEMBERING MANDELA

What can i say about Mandela,a man who like my maternal grandfother whom he shared a first name and  year of birth with. He towers over my child hood memories no matter where i look. My father had the chance to travel to Botswana and growing up our house has always been filled  with theContinue reading “REMEMBERING MANDELA”

AFRICA IS CHANGING AND SO SHOULD AID ORGANISATIONS

On the 21 st of May 2011 ,months before Ms Lagarde had become the head honcho at IMF,i had written about her being the most likely candidate to get the top job there. Read about it here. Not only was I weeks ahead of most news agencies,I had done my research well and nothing muchContinue reading “AFRICA IS CHANGING AND SO SHOULD AID ORGANISATIONS”

THE BOOK EVERY AFRICAN BUSINESS LEADER SHOULD BE READING

The past year saw me read a business book that i could not bear to put down. I read it into the wee hours of the night. Here it is…. It is an absolutely fascinating book that takes you through a research project by Jim Collins and team on some of the greatest companies inContinue reading “THE BOOK EVERY AFRICAN BUSINESS LEADER SHOULD BE READING”

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.”

OF “HOW’S” AND “WHY’S”

Paulo Coelho,one of my all time favourite authors has a new book out,Aleph. In an interview on his blog on this particular book,he was quoted as saying that the society we live in asks too many “how’s” and not enough “why’s”. A revelation it was to me and here is why. Walk into any bookshopContinue reading “OF “HOW’S” AND “WHY’S””

BATTLE FOR NORTHERN KENYA LIES IN THE CLASSROOM

Frederick Douglass was an African American abolitionist leader who was known for his anti slavery stand as well as for his great oratory and writing skills. Separated from his mother at the age of one so that she could go back to working in the plantation as a slave and forced to work as a slave himselfContinue reading “BATTLE FOR NORTHERN KENYA LIES IN THE CLASSROOM”