Dear Prof Gituro Wainaina, I listened to you with great shock and bewilderment as you stood on the National Dialogue Convention podium at Ufungamano house to proclaim that the solution to Kenya’s long list of problems is a dictatorship.

I wasn’t sure that I was mad about what you said, where you said it from or perhaps the quality of thought I had expected from a man of your calibre. I had a whirlwind...
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It’s no longer in question that word youth has become such a lucrative business opportunity for some state and non-state actors. The only tragedy is that humongous profits extracted from this group seldom trickle down to the largest (76 percent) demographic in Kenya.

Career youth activists Aesthetically appealing reports about the youth are launched every single day by career youth activists yet their state remains the same – vulnerable, deprived, oppressed, pauperized and...
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Growing up, like many children, I wanted to be many things including a geologist, a historian, a literature writer, a lawyer and a journalist. But two choices in that sea of confusion were consistent in my list and stood out like a sore thumb: A lawyer and a journalist.

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The winds blew me towards a career that I had loathed passionately. While I chose commerce in...
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I partly grew up in Dandora before we were abruptly 'deported' back to the village when my father married a second wife. However much it was viewed as a low-class estate, I built many fond memories in that place. Life was easy.

We did not carry the weight of expectations on our shoulders except to behave well, take a shower and stay clean. We would walk and head off to Ngomongo, a faraway...
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It was June 2017, the exact date is escaping my mind. I was standing behind some mabati shanties where they sell mitumba clothes off Achieng Oneko road in Kisumu. I had just devoured a whole tilapia fish and ugali for 200 bob and I was feeling like a true son of the soil.

  I chucked my huge techno C 8 phone and skimmed through my contact list. I had told my parents about...
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A friend of mine got a lucrative job with a leading urban Pentecostal church in Kenya. The church wanted to train her for a year then send her back to her home country to plant a church.

They went on a charm offensive. A pastor was swiftly dispatched to carry out the sacred duty of convincing this person to take up the role. They promised her heaven in the process: A fully furnished apartment, return ticket...
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In 399 BC, philosopher Socrates stood before a jury of 500 of his fellow Athenians charged with vague crimes like “worshipping new gods” and “corrupting the young”. The trial took place in the heart of the city, the jurors were seated on wooden benches surrounded by a crowd of spectators.

After three hours of the accusers presenting evidence and Socrates also given three hours to respond, it is startling that such accusations led...
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When Kalonzo Musyoka failed to show up on Tuesday during the much-touted swearing-in ceremony of the Rt Honorable Raila Odinga as the people’s president, the nation went bonkers. Memes started flying as they were quickly designed. Parodies of the swearing-in flooded social media timelines as the act of not showing up hijacked the headlines.

He was called names. The most shared fruit became a watermelon as they called Musyoka a turncoat. Some Kambas...
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It was in a Laico Regency hotel room, at a boda boda press conference that my understanding of the meaning of education was fundamentally altered. For a very long time, I held my undergraduate degree with so much esteem. I belonged to a very exclusive club of people who were given the power to read by one of the most prestigious (according to me) universities in this country.

In fact, when I graduated...
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