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Natalie Sifuma



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The First Wave of Kenyan Novelists

By conceptualizing and writing these narratives, the real Kenya was shown; the evolving Kenya was shared with the world, and the creators and storytellers came to be praised and appreciated by Kenyans – not just for their work but for ...…

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GL Vidyarthi and Priya Ramrakha: Pioneers of the Kenyan Press

A few years later, the handwritten newspaper grew into something more concrete. Vidyarthi founded the Colonial Printing Works, a print media house focused on publishing pro-Indian and pro-African independent newspapers. The Colonial Times newspapers openly supported the rights of Africans ...…

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Drip is Forever! Remembering the Original Sapeur

Sapeurs are part of the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or if you like, the Society for the Advancement of Elegant People. If either feels too long for pronunciation or memory, you may simply say La Sapé. La ...…

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Cecilia Makiwane: In Memory of Africa’s First Nurse

Cecilia’s title as a nurse paved the way for many other African women who followed suit. Her name is inscribed in the legacy of the Makiwane family, which produced several pioneers during her time and while her time alive was ...…

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 Dr Nathaniel King: Nigeria’s First Medical Doctor

However, as soon as Nathaniel completed his time at Fourah Bay, he enrolled into King’s College, London, to study medicine. This was no mean feat considering it was rare for Africans to travel  overseas for further studies, and for the ...…

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Dr Matshidiso Moeti: Africa’s Top Medic

The first woman elected as the Regional Director for Africa for the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Matshidiso was born in the late ‘50s in Johannesburg, …

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Tales of African Hair

In fact, hairdressers were as popular back then as they are today. There was great demand for their services, though the braiding process was often time consuming, and sometimes complex. However, different African ethnic groups boasted of an array of hairstyles. But what was popular across ...…

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Modern Medicine’s Egyptian Roots

Much more can be said about the premier of medicine in Egypt, and the successes of then – but the practice was not without errors. …

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Johannes Albertus Myburgh: South Africa’s Towering Surgeon

And so the day to perform the first renal transplant in South Africa came. Ready with his team which included American transplant expert Prof Thomas Strazl, the procedure began. It was a demanding process; failure was not an option. …

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A Timeline For Nursing in Kenya

At the dawn of the 20th century, missionaries introduced Western medication to Kenya (then part of the East Africa Protectorate), with the big plan being to build hospitals and educate Africans about different diseases. …

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