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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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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When we (journalists) arrived at Jamhuri High School, we were received by a wave of thick tension you could cut it with a sharp axe and it wouldn’t break. Limping students with bandaged hands, bleeding body parts and a heavy contingent of the riot Police greeted us at the gate.

According to reports, Wednesday early morning at around 7 am in what is believed to be a religious conflict, a group of students...
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From December 26th to January 1st, 2018, I had gone to Diani, Kwale County to join Kenya Assemblies of God Buru Buru youth for their annual camp, a tradition that I've tried to keep faithfully for the last seven years or so. When we had gone to the beach one afternoon, a conversation ensued between me and the youth pastor.

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In our conversation, I mentioned...

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I’m passionate about Africa. I have a deep sense of pride in who I am as a black person. I’m an Afro-optimist who believes that her people will solve the challenges Africa faces.

I don't agree with many things Trump says. He is condescending, a bully and a disrespectful man. So while it hurts me when we are called funny names by unstable leaders, and our people disrespected, we have the power to...
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I grew up in a small village known for her ravaging floods and hunger. Kano plain is no joke. Nestled between Nandi Hills and the great Lake Victoria, Kano's ground would refuse to give up any yield even when we dropped seeds on the ground with enthusiasm.

We were 8 children born in quick succession with two overwhelmed, underpaid parents who were determined to raise upright children. IMAGE COURTESY OF PETER...
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