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Jesus Was a Victim of Empire. Acknowledging This Should Transform Christianity.

By Editors' Choice

By Brian Otieno— After the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping through Kenya, my home country, the president, Uhuru Kenyatta, called on all of us who live here to offer up prayers for God’s intervention, direction and favor amid the pandemic. He made this call just a few weeks after a major investigative journalism exposé had revealed alleged misuse of millions of dollars by Kenyan government officials, dollars meant for buying COVID-19 medical supplies, exposing…

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The Implicit Trust Given to Whiteness puts Black Children at Serious Risk

The Implicit Trust Given to Whiteness puts Black Children at Serious Risk

By Commentaries/Opinions

We need to do better at protecting our children from foreign men who come to prey on them in the name of “doing good”. By NWS — Last week we were sent this image of Mr. Daniel Illescas, a Spanish model from Madrid, laying shirtless with a small Kenyan girl who he seems to have an affinity for. The child he refers to as “xxxx” (name redacted for child’s privacy)…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Not Yet Uhuru, Freedom Interrupted: African Liberation Delayed But Not Defeated

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is yet another year and still the struggle for the liberation of African people everywhere continues. And it must continue for even at the height of the liberation movement on the continent of Africa, one of our honored freedom fighters, Oginga Odinga of Kenya, reminded us with his book titled Not Yet Uhuru (Freedom) and with his own continued struggle – we are not really free…

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Kenya’s ties with superpowers pay off

By Commentaries/Opinions

For decades particularly throughout the Cold War, African nations chose a side among the competing global powers. At the height of Soviet-American tensions in the 20th Century, African leaders felt compelled to choose an allegiance to one at the cost of other. By George Maangi, Standard Digital — Frequently, African neighbours would be in direct competition and even conflict because of their alliance to East or West. Since the fall…

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Mount Kenya peeks out from the clouds beyond a garlic farm in Embaringo, Kenya

China’s relationship with Africa is illustrated by garlic tensions

By Editors' Choice

Farmers say Beijing’s growing presence in Kenya is having a negative impact on their lives, culture, and ability to make ends meet. By Ismail Einashe, NBC News — EMBARINGO, Kenya — On a sticky morning on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Solomon Wambogo Munyua sprinkles water on the long and sturdy green shoots of the garlic crop he planted in January. His farm is just one-eighth of an acre, perched…

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To Curb Ghost Workers and Coffee Corruption, Africa Turns to Blockchain

To Curb Ghost Workers and Coffee Corruption, Africa Turns to Blockchain

By Editors' Choice

From Ethiopia to Tanzania and South Africa to Ghana, African nations are embracing this ledger technology to weed out graft. By Kizito Makoye, OZY — On his first day in office as president of Tanzania in 2015, John Pombe Magufuli made a surprise visit to the Finance Ministry and berated officials who weren’t at work. It was the first in a series of steps Magufuli has taken that have won…

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A sign promoting the visit of US president George W. Bush is seen in Dar es Salaam, February 2008.

The reason American presidents keep visiting the same few African countries

By News & Current Affairs

By Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa — Melania Trump has just concluded her trip to Africa, her first major solo international swing as US first lady. In her choice of nations to visit—Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt—she followed in the footsteps of not just former first ladies but also American presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first US president to set foot in Africa, landing in Bathurst in British Gambia in…

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