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Moving the Maasai: Tanzania is repeating Kenya's colonial past
Maasai have long been on a collision course with both colonial and post-colonial governments. This is largely because they live in areas wanted by the administration for other uses.
By The Conversation 18 days ago
Moving the Maasai: Tanzania is repeating Kenya's colonial past
Leave and leisure: Why you should take a break from work
It is important to take time out from work in order to fully live our lives, but there are several issues that can discourage us from taking annual leave.
By The Conversation 20 days ago
Leave and leisure: Why you should take a break from work
Why US-Kenya partnership on wildlife, drug trafficking matters
Cooperation between the two countries on tackling illicit trade in wildlife and narcotics has yielded some notable success in the recent past.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Why US-Kenya partnership on wildlife, drug trafficking matters
Amid challenges, new forms of urban planning emerge in Africa
Urban scholars have argued for decades that for plans to be effective, we need to move away from the traditional way of doing things.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Amid challenges, new forms of  urban planning emerge in Africa
Kenya's fringe presidential candidates: What they offer in elections
While Kenya’s 2022 general election will have just two fringe candidates, previous elections have had between three (in 2002) and 13 (in 1997).
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Kenya's fringe presidential candidates: What they offer in elections
Is East Africa's drought the worst in recent history? And are worst yet to come
Forecasts suggest that the September to December rainy season could also fail. This would set the stage for an unprecedented five-season drought.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Is East Africa's drought the worst in recent history? And are worst yet to come
Five tips for picking a parenting book
Using books independently to improve well-being – what psychologists call bibliotherapy – is somewhat effective for addressing stress, anxiety and depression.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Five tips for picking a parenting book
Build rapport to address problems on discipline
Learning is an emotional, social phenomenon that has its challenges. When children talk to teachers, it reduces tension and promotes well-being.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Build rapport to address problems on discipline
The art of bribery: A closeup look at how traffic officers operate on Kenya's roads
Motorists are equal partners in this corruption racket, especially when they fail to comply with traffic regulations.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
The art of bribery: A closeup look at how traffic officers operate on Kenya's roads
How Kenya's degree requirement for top political posts turned into fiasco
The 12th Parliament largely kowtowed to the political expediency of the executive and it was one where political partisanship reigned supreme.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
How Kenya's degree requirement for top political posts turned into fiasco
Digital world's effect on children's mental health
The relationship between digital technology and mental health is complex and needs a balanced consideration of risks and benefits.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Digital world's effect on children's mental health
Affordable housing creates opportunities despite hurdles
60 per cent of urban households in Kenya live in slums where they struggle to raise $10 (Sh1,170) a month for rent.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Affordable housing creates opportunities despite hurdles
Drama that shaped Ngugi wa Thiong'o's works, activism still relevant to Kenya
Ngũgĩ was detained without trial in 1977 after writing his first novel in Gikuyu. Democracy is gradually taking root in Kenya, but corruption is still rife.
By The Conversation 1 month ago
Drama that shaped Ngugi wa Thiong'o's works, activism still relevant to Kenya
Nobody should be dying of rabies when there is an effective vaccine
Rabies control and elimination require a concerted effort by the government, private sector and the community.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Nobody should be dying of rabies when there is an effective vaccine
Political debates in Kenya: are they useful or empty media spectacles?
Televised political debates in Kenya started in 2013 and have had a chequered history.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Political debates in Kenya: are they useful or empty media spectacles?
How Kenya's 'patriotic' choral music has been used to embed a skewed version of history
Choral music was used to amplify former President Jomo Kenyatta’s widely publicised rhetoric of “forgive and forget”.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
How Kenya's 'patriotic' choral music has been used to embed a skewed version of history
Include climate change in varsity curricular for proper governance
Kenya has neglected the integration of climate change into the education system. KNAP emphasises need to integrate climate change content into curricula at all levels.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Include climate change in varsity curricular for proper governance
Study: Video games boost intelligence
Intelligence is an important trait in our lives and highly predictive of a child’s future income, happiness and longevity.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Study: Video games boost intelligence
This is what 52,000 people think about the future of work
A new PwC survey spoke to nearly 52,000 people across 44 countries and territories and found a majority in favour of a mix of in-person and remote work.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
This is what 52,000 people think about the future of work
My work is full of fossilised poop, but ichnology is not an icky study
It is a very rich source of information about an animal that could not be deduced from the bones alone. Altogether, ichnology helps us investigate our near or distant past to learn from it.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
My work is full of fossilised poop, but ichnology is not an icky study
Who gets honorary doctorates, and what that says about varsities
Honorary degrees are awarded by universities to recognise outstanding achievement in a particular field, or service to the broader community.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Who gets honorary doctorates, and what that says about varsities
Smacking children ineffective, study shows
Research has found that physical punishment such as smacking is both ineffective and bad for children’s development, in fact, this punishment made child behaviour worse.
By The Conversation 2 months ago
Smacking children ineffective, study shows
Mama Africa: Legacy of Miriam Makeba and her art of activism
Zenzile Miriam Makeba had a life of remarkable global impact. She contributed to black people’s struggle for liberation and defended the integrity of African identity.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Mama Africa: Legacy of Miriam Makeba and her art of activism
Virtual real estate is really booming, but is it a crazy idea?
While virtual property doesn’t provide physical shelter, there are some parallels. In shopping for virtual real estate, you could buy a piece of land to build on. Or choose a ready built house.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Virtual real estate is really booming, but is it a crazy idea?
Red flags to be on the lookout for as triggers of election violence
Elections in Kenya often heighten inter-communal tensions. The risk of violence also depends on perceptions of vulnerability and state bias.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Red flags to be on the lookout for as triggers of election violence
Mwai Kibaki: President who squandered an opportunity to fix the country
To admirers, Kibaki was a gentleman who survived the murky Kenyan politics unscathed. To his detractors, he was a coward who never saw a fence he did not want to sit on.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Mwai Kibaki: President who squandered an opportunity to fix the country
Mwai Kibaki: President who squandered the opportunity to fix Kenya
Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki, who has died at the age of 90, was born on November 15, 1931 in Othaya, Nyeri, in the central highlands of Kenya. He spent a lifetime in public service.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Mwai Kibaki: President who squandered the opportunity to fix Kenya
Rise of Afrobeats: From Africa to the world
The quest for global relevance of the Afrobeats movement is further signposted by the announcement that the next edition of The Headies is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, later this year.
By The Conversation 3 months ago
Rise of Afrobeats: From Africa to the world
Do you buy second-hand clothes? You are likely to be more stylish
The higher people rate on style-consciousness, the more likely they are to shop second-hand.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
Do you buy second-hand clothes? You are likely to be more stylish
Researchers link malaria with agriculture in 16 African nations
The region’s progress towards ending malaria has stalled in recent years. Presence of natural vegetation within agricultural lands may reduce malaria.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
Researchers link malaria with agriculture in 16 African nations
Kenya puts in place tougher labelling for baby foods, bottles, teats and pacifiers
The act was passed to regulate the promotion of substitutes, which can interfere with breastfeeding.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
Kenya puts in place tougher labelling for baby foods, bottles, teats and pacifiers
Kenya has a yellow fever outbreak and this is how to deal with cases
The severe symptoms are usually recorded in only a small proportion of patients, but death can occur in half of these cases within 10 days.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
Kenya has a yellow fever outbreak and this is how to deal with cases
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ICC case against Paul Gicheru will not deliver justice to violence victims
The case is procedural, which means victims are not able to occupy a central role as they can and do in other ICC cases.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
ICC case against Paul Gicheru will not deliver justice to violence victims
Money, influence and heroism: the allure of political power in Kenya
People higher in socio-economic status are likely to become active in politics because they have the time, money and skills.
By The Conversation 4 months ago
Money, influence and heroism: the allure of political power in Kenya
Why it is hard to stop misuse of social media in Kenyan politics
The proliferation of platform media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, has been key in the expansion of Africa's information landscape
By George Ogola 5 months ago
Why it is hard to stop misuse of social media in Kenyan politics
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How Swahili became the most spoken language in Africa
Global presence of Swahili in radio broadcasting unmatched among sub-Saharan African languages.
By The Conversation 5 months ago
How Swahili became the most spoken language in Africa
Five reasons why terror cells are targeting Lamu
The frequency of terrorist attacks within Kenya’s Lamu County on the border with Somalia has been alarming.
By The Conversation 5 months ago
Five reasons why terror cells are targeting Lamu
Drought as an explanation for famine at Africa's Horn and Sahel
There are constraints on food utilisation. This makes it challenging for households to prepare a healthy meal.
By The Conversation 5 months ago
Drought as an explanation for famine at Africa's Horn and Sahel
Valentine's Day: Pressures of shopping for romance
Research that suggests that true happiness comes from spending time with the people you love and sharing experiences together.
By The Conversation 5 months ago
Valentine's Day: Pressures of shopping for romance
How place of birth shapes chances of going to university
University education was slow to develop across these former British colonies. Access was both extremely limited and highly skewed.
By The Conversation 6 months ago
How place of birth shapes chances of going to university