How Kigali, Nairobi Smell In The Morning Reveals A Lot About Them: The ‘Jogger’s Dipstick Index’

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE since I did the morning jogger’s “dipstick index” of an African city. The last two serious ones were of Bujumbura, and the Lesotho capital Maseru. It is a simple test, really. You go out running in the morning (or in my case, given that I no longer bubble with youthful athleticism, half-walking-half-trotting), and you see …

LETTER FROM A FRIEND: The Youth Won’t Change Africa, ‘Only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Folks’ Will

TIME for another Letter From A Friend. The last time I shared some thoughts from my friend MD in the Diaspora was in May. It is always fun discussing and arguing with MD…he is well read, and an extreme free thinker. He’s back, contrarian, and controversial as ever. MD emailed me to say: I have just finished reading a book …

Strange But True? The Man Who Holds Secrets To The Next African Digital Media Billionaire Runs A Supermarket In Nairobi

Though not universally popular, Nakumatt is now the biggest chain in East Africa, but it owns rarely more than 60 percent of the stock in its stores. There’s a lesson there for digital media owners.