Like Others Before Him, Meles Failed To See That There’s A Smarter Way To Be A Dictator In Africa: The Limits Of The ‘Authoritarian Bargain’ (Part II)

On September 2, 2012, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was buried in the capital Addis Ababa. It was an emotional event, and the high and mighty of Africa all assembled, and messages poured in from all over the world. However, many Ethiopians who hated Zenawi, a man they viewed as an autocrat and dangerous tribalist, were instead celebrating his demise. …

The ‘Pussy Whipped’ And Battered Men Of Central Kenya: What Capitalism, Mau Mau War, And The Free Market Have To Do With It

Where men are threatened in Kenya, you can expect Maendeleo ya Wanaume (Movement for Men’s’ Rights), a conservative lobby group led by the colourful Mr Nderitu Njoka, to show up. So it was that recently, Maendeleo ya Wanaume warned that it was going to mobilise Kenya’s suffering men to boycott food in their houses starting Monday to protest the recent …

Fish Men vs. Fishermen: A Tale Of How Chinua Achebe’s Gods Got Tired Of Dishing Out Free Goodies

Mention fish in Kenya – the eating of it, the fishing of it, and the trading in it – and one automatically thinks of western Kenya. And if you want to get into the small details, you will learn that Kisumu City is the “fish capital” of Kenya. Nearly all Kenya’s fish processing factories, used to be (or remain) in …