A syllabus is generative. The framework of readings and activities creates a shared space for thinking and creating. Objects of study produce shared frames of reference—those assembled by those objects may disagree over how those objects mean and work, but the objects create a ground from which to begin and a space to which to … Continue reading Notes Toward a #kenyasyllabus
Kenya's solicitor general lied. Here's what the constitution says about rights and freedoms: 19. (1) The Bill of Rights is an integral part of Kenya’s democratic state and is the framework for social, economic and cultural policies. (2) The purpose of recognising and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms is to preserve the dignity of … Continue reading A Clarification
President Uhuru Kenyatta has outlined a “10-point security plan for Kenya.” As reported by Capital FM, the 10 points are: Legitimate monopoly on the means of violence Effective administrative control Management of public finances Investment in human capital Delineation of citizenship rights and duties Provision of infrastructure services Formation of the market Management of the … Continue reading security & development
At the heart of Grace Ogot’s short story “The White Veil” is a simple sentence: “She felt helpless.” Taking different forms, this sentence runs through a wide body of writing by Kenyan women. Rebeka Njau’s The Sacred Seed features a female teacher who is forcibly abducted and raped by the male head of state. Ngwatilo … Continue reading unhoming kenyan women
Date: Thursday September 25 Contact: Ann Njogu, Chair, CREAW, Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness for Women Mobile: 0722 768 381 http://www.creawkenya.org On Saturday September 20th, Standard Group columnist Mr. Tony Mochama is alleged to have committed an indecent act upon the person of poet and activist Shailja Patel, at a gathering in the home … Continue reading ALLEGED SEXUAL VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY TONY MOCHAMA UPON THE PERSON OF SHAILJA PATEL
On Saturday, September 20, Mr. Tony Mochama, a columnist with Kenya’s Standard Group, Secretary of PEN Kenya, and holder of a Morland Writing Scholarship, sexually assaulted a woman during a gathering of Kenyan and international poets. Mr. Mochama is a well-known figure in Kenya’s literary circles: he has hosted open mics, promotes literary culture in … Continue reading Whither Justice?
Kangemi and Westgate are roughly equidistant from my house, though Kangemi is a shade closer. A few weeks ago, as the school term was starting, the Nairobi government arrived in Kangemi at 3 a.m., destroyed the local market, and, in the process, a bulldozer crushed a man to death. I do not know this man’s … Continue reading two places