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  • Why a black Davos won’t happen till Big Men sit out

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, January 26   2015 at  10:49

    The mix of big government and private sector experience is good stuff Full Story

    TAGS: Davos, World Economic Forum, AfDB, Africa, presidents

  • As a life-long secularist, I was surprised by how offensive I found the Charlie cartoons

    By ELSIE EYAKUZE | Monday, January 19   2015 at  11:08

    Sometimes it pays to be a bigot; to my great shame I am one Full Story

    TAGS: Charlie Hebdo, media, satirists, bigot, secular, Islamism

  • Finally, East Africa has begun to smell the coffee

    By CHARLES ONYANGO OBBO | Monday, January 12   2015 at  09:32

    Why the continent needs war among her growing brands Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, East Africa, Ethiopia

  • Why are youth joining violent extremist groups?

    By L. MUTHONI WANYEKI | Tuesday, January 6   2015 at  15:03

    When movements and mainstream politics fail to inspire Full Story

    TAGS: Malaysia, aeroplanes, Palestine, Israel, impunity, ISIS, Muslims

  • Barking Kenyans, begging Tanzanians

    By JENERALI ULIMWENGU | Monday, January 5   2015 at  13:49

    When is politeness not good for you? Full Story

    TAGS: Civility, Kenyans, Tanzanians, restaurant, Ndugu, Nairoberry

  • The epic Ethiopia-Kenya athletics rivalry enters 2015

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, January 1   2015 at  13:49

    Kenyans are used to winning, but have yet to register a star of Haile Gebrselassie's stature Full Story

    TAGS: Athletics, Haile Gebrselassie, Kipchoge Keino, marathon, distance running

  • Here are 14 of the most important (or not) things that happened in 2014!

    By ELSIE EYAKUZE | Monday, December 29   2014 at  09:36

    Not forgetting Grace Mugabe's sexually transmitted power..... Full Story

    TAGS: Tanzania, Robert Mugabe, Pope Francis, Hollywood, Cuba

  • A toast to journalists spending Christmas in prison

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, December 24   2014 at  19:26

    Profession certainly not for the faint-hearted Full Story

    TAGS: Christmas, journalists, CPJ, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed

  • These are the real enemies of Africa; ignorant do-gooders

    By RASNA WARAH | Monday, December 22   2014 at  16:02

    Why many people, not least Africans, are very disgusted Full Story

    TAGS: Bob Geldof, Rasan warah, blog, Africa, we are the world campaign

  • How the intelligentsia created Mugabe

    By TEE NGUGI | Saturday, December 20   2014 at  15:22

    Sadly, many African intellectuals presented the Zimbabwe regime as a counterpoint to Mandela’s ‘capitulation’ Full Story

    TAGS: Zimbabwe, Mugabe, Mandela, Henri Lopes, Tony Blair

  • Africa forgot its adolescents in the fight against HIV/Aids

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Thursday, November 27   2014 at  16:47

    UN report puts a damper on the strides made to combat the scourge Full Story

    TAGS: HIV/Aids, youth, WHO, sex, drugs, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa

  • Does Bob Geldof know we are in the 21st century?

    By ELSIE EYAKUZE | Tuesday, November 25   2014 at  18:16

    When the noble-hearted rock star skipped the research and lost the plot Full Story

    TAGS: Band Aid, Bob Geldof, Ebola, song, offensive

  • Political comedy to determine the fate of Zimbabwe

    By MUTUMA MATHIU | Friday, November 14   2014 at  16:12

    Mugabe could carry out a 'bedroom coup' and install his wife Grace as president Full Story

    TAGS: Zimbabwe, Mugabe, Grace Mugabe, Zanu-PF, Joice Mujuru

  • Why didn't Blaise Compaoré end up like Muammar Gaddafi?

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, November 6   2014 at  16:55

    Dictators have become beneficiaries of the democracy they despise Full Story

    TAGS: Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso, democracy, autocrats, Thomas Sankara

  • Presidents stay in power to stay out of the traffic

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, November 2   2014 at  17:17

    New set of expectations driving continent’s army of young people into action Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango-Obbo, blog, Mail&Guardian, Compaore

  • A regional force: Are soldiers making a political federation?

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, September 11   2014 at  11:14

    How the military is getting more autonomy and ability to purse pan-regionalism Full Story

    TAGS: East Africa Standby Force, Kenya, security

  • High time women became Catholic priests

    By TUMUSIIME K. DEO | Wednesday, September 3   2014 at  12:23

    We ought to correct all the historical inconsistencies that have no scientific explanation or logical social backing Full Story

    TAGS: Women, Catholic, Church, Tumusiime K. Deo, Pope Francis, Uganda

  • Praise-singing for Moi in the media smacks of hypocrisy

    By OTIENO OTIENO | Sunday, September 7   2014 at  13:13

    Every adult Kenyan of sound mind knows it is too late to launder the former president's 24-year reign Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Moi, birthday, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Wangari Maathai

  • An unexpected political lesson about Africa from a quiet corner of Nairobi

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, September 4   2014 at  10:52

    Here, you can't be sure your country won't explode tomorrow Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, Africa, insecurity, instability

  • Why beauty contests won’t make Ugandan army look good

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, August 25   2014 at  10:31

    A funny but complicated story Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, Uganda, army, Museveni, beauty contests

  • Feeling like an idiot in Lagos: The Ebola blues

    By CHARLES OYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, August 17   2014 at  16:21

    What fear of death can do to the best of us Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, Ebola, Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan

  • Shame on those hunting and killing albinos; they are not wild animals

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, August 20   2014 at  15:25

    The Tanzanian syndicates involved in this evil must be totally destroyed Full Story

    TAGS: Albinos, Tanzania, poaching, body parts, witchdoctors

  • Love the hair, girlfriend, but how many workers’ salaries did it cost?

    By ELSIE EYAKUZE | Sunday, August 10   2014 at  17:19

    Cameroon First Lady's orange pompadour has set the world talking Full Story

    TAGS: Chantal Biya, First Lady, Francophone, style, coiffure

  • Here's why Africa needs to sing about climate change adaptation

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, August 13   2014 at  14:45

    The health of our ecosystems as well as our agriculture depends on it Full Story

    TAGS: Africa, climate change, environment, Unep

  • Why Ebola has avoided some places, plus other stories....

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, August 7   2014 at  13:12

    Strange viruses are likely to emerge from forests the faster we cut them Full Story

    TAGS: Ebola, mountain gorillas, forests, bush meat, experimental drug

  • EA infrastructure race: Trio opening up big lead

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, August 3   2014 at  18:48

    Though sometimes messy, Kenya is absolutely inescapable Full Story

    TAGS: Obbo blog, Infrastructure, Kenya, East Africa

  • The suffering people of South Sudan have been abandoned

    By TONGUN LO LOYUONG | Friday, August 1   2014 at  17:46

    The international community has not done enough to save the situation Full Story

    TAGS: South Sudan, famine, donors, conflict

  • Hate speech’s terrible, but even then let the people speak out

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, July 31   2014 at  11:26

    Depressing conversations that African communities must have now Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, hate speech, freedom of speech, censorship

  • Okwiri wins Caine Prize: We don’t read – is there a good reason for it?

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, July 17   2014 at  11:51

    Ours might just be grand strategic ignorance Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango-Obbo, Okwiri Oduor, Caine Prize, Binyavanga Wainaina, Harry Potter, Kenya

  • Conservation lessons from Rwanda

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, July 9   2014 at  18:58

    Neglect the environment and your economic future is doomed Full Story

    TAGS: Rwanda, conservation, genocide, Kagame, Virunga, gorilla

  • Revenue-sharing in the mist: Gorillas and SCT

    By CHARLES ONYANGO OBBO | Monday, July 7   2014 at  14:24

    They fight and quarrel about everything else but easily agree on the primates Full Story

    TAGS: Rwanda, Mountain Gorilla, Kwita Izina, naming ceremony, Charles Onyango Obbo

  • Murdering football fans is no longer an own goal?

    By | Sunday, June 22   2014 at  14:44

    The World Cup season is changing African politics Full Story

    TAGS: World Cup, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Nigeria, Mpeketoni, boko, Haram, Real Madrid

  • The rich should have more children

    By GRACE OPIRO | Tuesday, June 17   2014 at  10:46

    The wealthy have what it takes to bring forth a quality population Full Story

    TAGS: Uganda, population, children, campaigns

  • What a political week in Kenya!

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Wednesday, June 4   2014 at  20:48

    As usual, no one was better off for it Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, malaria, politics

  • In Africa, money is bringing health, happiness and (delayed) sex

    By NATALIE WINDER ROSSI | Monday, June 2   2014 at  12:34

    When dividends of growing economies finally show up Full Story

    TAGS: Unicef, cash transfer, quality of life, early pregnancies

  • Do Africans need elections, democracy or just some stability?

    By MWENDA wa MICHENI | Friday, May 30   2014 at  09:21

    The Chinese and even Japanese conduct it their way and it is okay Full Story

    TAGS: Elections, Malawi, South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Egypt, Joyce Banda

  • The African tourist has money but is a strange creature

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, May 22   2014 at  10:22

    Visitors from within the continent have different tastes from those of their counterparts from the West Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Uhuru, tourists, China, travel advisories, terrorist attacks

  • Zuma’s dancing prowess intact as credibility wears thin

    By CHARLES OMONDI in Johannesburg | Wednesday, May 7   2014 at  14:14

    A matter of playing to public gallery and political adeptness Full Story

    TAGS: South Africa, Jacob, ANC, Julius Malema

  • I hate to say this: Only the UN, AU can save South Sudan

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Wednesday, May 7   2014 at  14:46

    Only a neutral authority has a chance of saving and restoring the country Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango Obbo, South Sudan, Kiir, rebels, Kerry

  • No longer at ease: War, terror stalking region

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, April 28   2014 at  12:55

    Complications in East Africa's security situation today Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango Obbo, blog, Eastern Africa Standby Force, terrorism, Al Shabaab

  • The African cake is growing but don't tell that to the poor

    By MWENDA wa MICHENI | Wednesday, April 23   2014 at  16:35

    A case of how not to invest in a people's economy Full Story

    TAGS: Economy, South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Hellen Zille, resources, Mwenda wa Micheni