Adventures in the North, Part I: Meet Lodwar’s ‘Diamond Platnumz’ Who Wants to ‘Fly’

11 year old Idaya Ligoi at the shores of Lake Turkana.PHOTO: Chiimbiru Gimode In Eliye, about 65km north of Lodwar, in Turkana County, I recently met a promising young man. His name is Idaya Ligoi. Here, his nom de guerre is ‘‘Diamond,’’ after the Tanzanian music dynamo but also a truncation of his name, Idaya. … Continue reading Adventures in the North, Part I: Meet Lodwar’s ‘Diamond Platnumz’ Who Wants to ‘Fly’

One Man’s Quest to Greening Kenya, A Tree at a Time

For 17 years, Mr. Bernard Lubia has nurtured and sold about 500,000 tree seedlings, effectively contributing to the country’s efforts to achieve a 10 per cent national forest cover. Mr.Bernard Lubia at his tree nursery in Kipkarren River Township in western Kenya.PHOTO: Chiimbiru Gimode Environmental conservation is at the centre of Kenya’s  socio-economic progress.So important … Continue reading One Man’s Quest to Greening Kenya, A Tree at a Time

Nyaruai Gitonga: My Battle with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

For 31-year-old Nyaruai Gitonga, mental illness has been part and parcel of her life.She has been bipolar since childhood. She suffered bouts of depression in her teens. In 2009, Nyaruai Gitonga was involved in a freak road accident along Mombasa Road that claimed the life of her friend. Initially presumed dead, Nyaruai was taken to … Continue reading Nyaruai Gitonga: My Battle with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

University Professor Who Can’t ‘Stop’ Reggae

At the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Dr. Michael Hajimichael is an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Communications. However, outside the lecture halls, DJ Haji Mike, as he is known in the entertainment circles, is an accomplished Deejay, poet and singer-song writer with 40 years in the trade. As a deejay, he is passionate … Continue reading University Professor Who Can’t ‘Stop’ Reggae

Boda Boda Rider Waits for Lifting of Coronavirus Restrictions With Bated Breath

Hannington Luvembe waiting for customers in Kangemi in Nairobi City. The Coronavirus has exacted a heavy toll on boda boda riders. Photo: UGC When President Uhuru Kenyatta recently hinted that the Government was considering easing the ongoing containment measures against COVID-19, one man was particularly happy with the news. He is Hannington Luvembe, a boda … Continue reading Boda Boda Rider Waits for Lifting of Coronavirus Restrictions With Bated Breath

Kenya Imekuwa Bora Kutokana na Walibora

Prof.Ken Walibora. PICHA: Chuo Kikuu cha Riara Huku taifa zima likiendelea kuomboleza kifo cha ghafla cha gwiji wa Kiswahili Prof. Ken Walibora, kipindi hiki cha maombolezi pia ni cha kutafakari kuhusu mchangowake mkubwa katika kuikuza lugha ya Kiswahili nchini. Ni wazi kuwa wengi wameelezea hisia za walivyomfahamu Walibora, walivyotagusana naye na jitimiai zao kufuatia  kifo … Continue reading Kenya Imekuwa Bora Kutokana na Walibora

Aziz Abdi Kilambo Was a Good man

Musician Aziz Abdi Kilambo. He died today.He was 67. PHOTO: Daily Nation Today I woke up to the shocking news of the passing on of one of Kenya’s music maestros, Mwalimu Aziz Abdi Kilambo. He was 67. For the uninitiated, Aziz Abdi or Mwalimu as he was popularly known, was the leader of Orchestra Benga … Continue reading Aziz Abdi Kilambo Was a Good man