Monday, July 13, 2009

Obama's visit

While I empathize with Mutuma Muthiu’s frustrations (see http://www.nation.co.ke/blogs/-/446718/622710/-/view/asBlogPost/-/12hisdm/-/index.html), I think we should not lose sight of the fact that Obama is the first sitting USA president to bring Africa to the wider conversation immediately after the G8. His visit to Ghana is a good gesture of a man who genuinely wants to engage but misinformed. It will take equally genuine Africans like Muthiu and me to inform Obama.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is Kenya a Failed State?

Many Kenyans have been debating this question for some time now (see http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/-/440808/621292/-/4luy4j/-/index.html). This is my initial take on the question. It should not worry us now that the US has declared our beloved republic a failed state. What should concern us is the leadership quagmire we are in at this point in history. It is a fact that our leaders are visionless. Secondly, no state can boast of its achievements if its citizens live under the shadow of Mungiki, ethnic cleansing, car jackers and night gangs. A state that cannot protect its own is to me a failed one.

Tribe: Any solution in sight?

Kenyan anthropologists need to wake up and think of an alternative term from the pejorative term “tribe”. Must we continue with colonial stereotype even in the postcolonial/postmodern world? When shall we grow up?