Growing up in the 90’s: A Political Memoir

“Childhood is always looked upon as the happiest time of life. Is that always true? No, only a few have a happy childhood”. This is the opening line of Leon Trotsky’s biographical book ‘My Life’. Reading this line led me to reflect on my childhood and a recent conversation I had with a man in his fifties. He thought that my generation took a lot for granted, politically. He went on about how his generation fought against a dictatorial regime, delivering to Kenyans what is now considered one of the most progressive constitutions in Africa. He recounted how he and … Continue reading Growing up in the 90’s: A Political Memoir

My Body; My Clothes; My Choice #MydressMyChoice

On November 7th 2014, a woman was violently stripped naked in Nairobi, by Embassava matatu touts.  The touts aimed to ‘teach her a lesson’ for ‘tempting them’ by ‘indecently exposing her body’. They took matters in their own hands, punishing the woman for the ‘crime’ of ‘subjecting society to immorality’. While these men justify their chauvinistic actions in the name of protecting society from immorality, the same matatus subject their commuters, young and old, to blaring obscenities, in some cases with videos of semi-naked women in the name of music. On most mornings, many of these matatus will be tuned … Continue reading My Body; My Clothes; My Choice #MydressMyChoice

Between Rhetoric and Reality: Recognising the Struggles of Poor Women

 Photo credits:nairobinews.nation.co.ke The streets of Nairobi paint a clear picture population struggling to survive in a harsh economic environment.  Hawkers throng the streets at night, with resilience and determination to work beyond what is considered normal in a bid to make ends meet. In recognition and support of these hardworking Kenyans, particularly the women, I hardly ever miss an opportunity to buy groceries on the streets.  This also tends to be a convenient way to stock up at fair prices.  Recently, as I was walking on the streets I decided to buy some groceries.  After my shopping was packed, I reached … Continue reading Between Rhetoric and Reality: Recognising the Struggles of Poor Women