People

Uko na Borehole? House (and Water) Hunting in Nairobi

by Eddy Ashioya 
And yet the jerrican-syndrome is a familiar site in Nairobi, and not just in the sprawling Eastlands where I lived after campus. I stayed in the infamous Pipeline Estate, aka Pipu, that ...
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Society

Kenya’s Scrap Metal Survivalists

by Lilian Mutinda
Back in October 2007, Kenya amended the Scrap Metal Act of 1959 abolishing the requirement for a licence for one to deal in scrap metal. As a result, the industry was buffeted ...
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People

Sellebrity: Fame Versus Electability

by Eddy Ashioya 
The celebrity as a politician is officially a thing (preceded by the bizarre the-politician-as-a-celebrity epoch of bling bling hookah smoking honourables). And so many are abandoning the mic as they seek to ...
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The Presidential Series




Society

Kenya’s Leaking Debt Ceiling 

by Lilian Mutinda
According to the treasury, the increase in public debt is attributable to external loan disbursements, exchange rate fluctuations, and an uptake of domestic debt. And although the increasing debt has raised alarm, ...
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People

Mukuru’s Wars and Woes 

by Kanyi Wyban
The case of forced evictions - or threats of the same - in informal settlements isn’t new to Mukuru or Nairobi. In August 1996, the eviction of 20,000 people from the Mukuru ...
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People

School Unrest Debunked

by Felix Kiprono
Peer pressure was ranked highest by both students and teachers with 27.9% of students and 34.7% of teachers saying it was a contributing factor. There was however a new dimension this study ...
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People

Alcohol Enemas: The Dangerous Way to Get Drunk 

by Eddy Ashioya 
Vodka tampons or butt chugging (used by men to introduce alcohol into the rectum via the anus i.e. as an enema)—depending on what you call it—allows the alcohol to bypass the liver’s ...
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People

Cervical Cancer, The Female Killer

by Joan Masinde
The World Health Organization reported in 2018 that every two minutes a woman dies of this preventable cancer, affecting typically younger age groups as a result of early or multiple sexual partners. ...
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People

Dreadi: A Beginner’s Handbook

by Michael Muyoma
Everyone assumes you either use weed, are a peddler, or know one. It’s a normal thing to get stopped by strangers and getting queried as to where they can get a joint. ...
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Music

47 Random Thoughts on Bandana Ya E-Sir

by Eddy Ashioya 
Bandana Ya E-Sir is a let-down. There is nothing about E-Sir in this song. The lyrics are dirty. Disappointing, even. E-Sir was more than a bandana. Sure, it was his signature look, ...
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People

How Journaling Saved Me 

by Steffany Ndei
Certainly, different people have different ways of journaling. Understandably, some people may bemoan the task of writing down how they feel or what they want to achieve. But in the new media ...
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Pop Culture

Your Guide To Kick-Ass Decluttering 

by Khui Karanja
A simpler wardrobe will cut down your dress-up time significantly because when you have a collection of clothes that fit your style and work together, then deciding what to wear every morning ...
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