Like hawkers, we should all have ears on the ground
How do hawkers stay tuned to the market? Experience is one possible reason, over the years they have mastered the seasons and what’s demanded.
By 11 days ago
Like hawkers, we should all have ears on the ground
Let's use science to curb road carnage
If you take the Outer Ring Road from the Thika Superhighway towards the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), you will see how accidents are “created.
By 12 days ago
Let's use science to curb road carnage
There are no winners in graft race
Once corruption reaches a tipping point, it creates a momentum of its own like a forest fire, burning everything in its wake. It’s hard to construct wood from ash.
By 12 days ago
There are no winners in graft race
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Why Kenya should drive on right side of the road like other nations
We shall be closer to the rest of the world. Only 30 per cent of the countries in the world keep left. And only 15 countries in Africa are left. Why not join the majority? 
By 17 days ago
Why Kenya should drive on right side of the road like other nations
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Why predictions of death of brick-and-mortar bank branches were dead wrong
Yet Kenya is opening more of such banking halls with much publicity. Is that part of Kenyan peculiarity or what is going on?
By 18 days ago
Why predictions of death of brick-and-mortar bank branches were dead wrong
Surprises, realities as we struggle to be let free from chains of corruption
Economic immaturity makes us fail to see that money is someone’s sweat. There is some level of immaturity among the corrupt. Add hypocrisy too.
By 20 days ago
Surprises, realities as we struggle to be let free from chains of corruption
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Old is gold: Why there's booming business in old building materials
The old houses brought down to make way for high-rise buildings used quality materials, some imported from India and England.
By 24 days ago
Old is gold: Why there's booming business in old building materials
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Even with all its shortcomings, Nairobi could be witnessing a silent rebirth
Beyond high-rise buildings, we don’t notice the gems that make our city. One easy way to soak in the sites of our city is to walk! 
By 26 days ago
Even with all its shortcomings, Nairobi could be witnessing a silent rebirth
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Heroism: What musicians, athletes, Herbert Wigwe death can teach us
Wigwe was born in Nigeria but studied in London and Wales. He was the CEO of Access Bank.
By 27 days ago
Heroism: What musicians, athletes, Herbert Wigwe death can teach us
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Return of photography in CBD in the age of smartphones
There is something magical about posing for a photograph with friends or against an iconic building, more so if visiting the city from the county or rural areas.
By 1 month ago
Return of photography in CBD in the age of smartphones
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It's high time we went the lottery way in allocating public sector jobs
A court case this year made the statistics more visible. Will the recruitment in the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) be reversed?
By 1 month ago
It's high time we went the lottery way in allocating public sector jobs
Forgotten heroes: Remembering legacy of Ismael Khedive tragedy
Ismael Khedive, a ship carrying troops from Mombasa to Colombo, Sri Lanka, was struck by Japanese torpedoes and sank near the Maldives.
By 1 month ago
Forgotten heroes: Remembering legacy of Ismael Khedive tragedy
Do our multiple identities enrich our lives, change status?
A few photos taken from the air reveal the beauty of our country. Too used to it, we even forget to market it.
By 1 month ago
Do our multiple identities enrich our lives, change status?
Why our fear of AI is unfounded and misplaced
We all know AI is made by natural intelligence—human beings. Why should we fear what we have made ourselves?
By 1 month ago
Why our fear of AI is unfounded and misplaced
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Alcoholism could be lesser evil than social instability in Central Kenya
Alcoholism is the most cited problem in the central region. This can be attributed to socio-economic frustration.
By 1 month ago
Alcoholism could be lesser evil than social instability in Central Kenya
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Graduation ceremonies for hustles are long overdue
Graduation ceremonies are no longer the preserve of universities. Even kindergarten kids graduate into primary school and later to high school.
By 1 month ago
Graduation ceremonies for hustles are long overdue
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My loathing for skyscrapers, and it has nothing to do with the fear of heights
Traditionally, skyscrapers were office blocks. Residencies have joined in. They are competing with office blocks for the best view from the rooftop.
By 1 month ago
My loathing for skyscrapers, and it has nothing to do with the fear of heights
Why we must allocate more money to research and development
What percentage of our gross domestic product (GDP) goes to research and development (R&D)?
By 1 month ago
Why we must allocate more money to research and development
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Let's address the limitations of the hustler to power them
How did a simple word like “hustler” cause a political revolution in Kenya?
By 1 month ago
Let's address the limitations of the hustler to power them
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Market vs politicians: Who will determine the true value of resurgent shilling?
Politicians predicted a rate of dollar to Sh100 from a high of Sh160. They have even advised us to sell off the dollars to avoid losses. Their timing was very coordinated.
By 1 month ago
Market vs politicians: Who will determine the true value of resurgent shilling?
UK, Japan have entered recession; here's what it means for Kenyans
You may not have visited Japan or the UK, but whatever happens there will be felt here. You may not lose your sleep over the recession in the UK or Japan, but you could scratch your head.
By 1 month ago
UK, Japan have entered recession; here's what it means for Kenyans
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Muted Valentine's Day celebration a sign of Kenya's economic reality
Did Ash Wednesday mute Valentine’s Day? The confidence of the two days was very symbolic. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our mortality, that one day we shall all return to dust.
By 2 months ago
Muted Valentine's Day celebration a sign of Kenya's economic reality
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Why the shilling's meteoric gain against US dollar is not a mystery
The current game in town is guessing the next level of the shilling, which has appreciated fast and furiously. It’s made more exciting by CBK not giving the targeted exchange rate.
By 2 months ago
Why the shilling's meteoric gain against US dollar is not a mystery
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Hustling is a hard game that needs appreciation
Risk is about uncertainty, not a standard deviation. You can’t be sure that your business will pick up and get you profits until you start it.
By 2 months ago
Hustling is a hard game that needs appreciation
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How high will interest rates go?
What does the shock rise in rates mean to the Kenyan economy, and to Wanjiku? How high will the rate go?
By 2 months ago
How high will interest rates go?
Why you shouldn't start writing the obituary of Kenya's complex elitism
Elitism is about a few groups of people having a near monopoly on power, prestige, and influence in all spheres of our lives: politics, economics, security, culture, and even our views about life.
By 2 months ago
Why you shouldn't start writing the obituary of Kenya's complex elitism
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The paradox of Kenya's idle land amid rising prices
The city is home to all and sundry compared with counties that have “owners” exemplified by “their excellences.”
By 2 months ago
The paradox of Kenya's idle land amid rising prices
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Indian paradox: Lessons in identity, religion and national confidence
Keeping an identity is easier with one's religion. You rarely get Indians named Jayden, Liam, or Ethan.
By 2 months ago
Indian paradox: Lessons in identity, religion and national confidence
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Folly of 'poor' Nairobians who frown on rich rural life
he leafy rural areas are often more spacious and give you more freedom without razor wires, walls and security guards.
By 2 months ago
Folly of 'poor' Nairobians who frown on rich rural life
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Why the Thika Superhighway may not be that super after all
One, the superhighway is not so super; the speed limit of 110km is rarely reached. Slow drivers love keeping right.
By 2 months ago
Why the Thika Superhighway may not be that super after all
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KCSE results: A statistical aberration or not?
I hope one day our top students will aspire to be entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s one of the soft underbellies of our economic system.
By 3 months ago
KCSE results: A statistical aberration or not?
How do most hustlers pick their business names?
Can you recognise a hustler’s business from its name? I think you can. The names try to mimic success cases. You will find eateries named Norfolk, Hilton or Serena in very rural places.
By 3 months ago
How do most hustlers pick their business names?
Middle East crisis: Was George Orwell right that war is peace?
The Middle East currently mirrors Orwellian satire. Orwell suggested that through propaganda, citizens could be manipulated into believing that war is peace.
By 3 months ago
Middle East crisis: Was George Orwell right that war is peace?
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What I wouldn't give for a return to the age of innocence!
In an age where plastics and ceramics dominate, such utensils reminded me of a bygone era. The owner of the kettle and its “children” is 90 years old.
By 3 months ago
What I wouldn't give for a return to the age of innocence!
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Americanisation of our cities is upon us, what next?
A silent revolution is taking place in Nairobi - the Americanisation of the city. Simply put, the affluent will leave the city and its environs to the poor and flee to the suburbs.
By 3 months ago
Americanisation of our cities is upon us, what next?
Lessons Kenya can draw from the resignation of Harvard president
By having Claudine Gay, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, resign as Harvard president, the conservatives have won, and they may not stop at that.
By 3 months ago
Lessons Kenya can draw from the resignation of Harvard president
Economic ghosts of 2023 and prospects of the new year
Local debts should be addressed with the same seriousness and urgency. Do we factor in local debts owed to contractors and government suppliers in calculating the debt ceiling?
By 3 months ago
Economic ghosts of 2023 and prospects of the new year
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How has Kenya changed in 60 years
Kenya is either 59 years as a republic, 60 years as a self-governing or 128 years since it became a country.
By 3 months ago
How has Kenya changed in 60 years
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Hustling may have lost its lustre, but the spirit lives on
Even the employed have been sucked into hustling and have a side hustle. In a sample of employed Kenyans, I found 65 per cent have a side hustle.
By 3 months ago
Hustling may have lost its lustre, but the spirit lives on
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Scramble for top schools indictment of our system
It probably doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world except in Kenya, where 150,000 students scramble for 400 slots to get into high school.
By 3 months ago
Scramble for top schools indictment of our system
Current, former governors and family members accused of graft
Politics
By Ndungu Gachane
7 mins ago
Grandmother's battle with US father over custody of minor
Nairobi
By Kamau Muthoni
7 mins ago
Why Murang'a elected women leaders cannot see eye to eye
Politics
By Ndungu Gachane
7 mins ago