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Overseas Kenyans’ Dilemma: Remit Cash or Political Change

As we approach the 2007 general elections in Kenya, non-residents are grappling with the question of wither the country goes come January 2008.  Debate of the precise role of hundreds…

U Guarantees Tuition and Fee Coverage for Qualified Students

Nearly a third of Founders Opportunity Program recipients will be students of color
Higher education has been the "great equalizer" for decades - the best possible path people could take…

Of Rattlesnakes and Loudmouth Writers

Of Rattlesnakes and Loudmouth Writers

East African Traveler

 

One night while on the road, I found myself in an unnamed hostel bar in some East African town striking up a conversation about freedom of the…

Go Tell it on Da Mountain

Go Tell it on Da Mountain

We began the final trek up Mount Kilimanjaro at midnight. Up the last 6000-plus feet to the rooftop of Africa. Up the sheer slope along a zigzagging path of scree…

Liberia at a Crossroads

Liberia at a Crossroads

The election of Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf, the Harvard-educated former World Bank economist as president of is a milestone. She will become the first woman African head of state.

 

Reflections on Culture

Reflections on Culture

East African Traveler   

 

 

It took the Dixie Chicks at an East/West African-Arab wedding to help me get over my case of Mzungu-Know-It-All. Alright, let’s backtrack.

 

 

Society in Transition

Society in Transition

East African Traveler

 

 

By the time I arrived at ringside, the electricity had been cut, the boxers stood baffled in their corners, and a thousand restless fans…

Hallelujah, Mzee Kamana. Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Mzee Kamana. Hallelujah!

East African Traveler

 

 

The Sunday before he died, Mzee Stanley Kamana invited me to his home in the Tandika district of Dar-es-Salaam. It was like old times. We sat…

Epitome of Rural Politics

Epitome of Rural Politics

East African Traveler

 

 

It’s near midnight, and the calabash of honey beer keeps being filled up and passed around the circle of elders in a grass hall, illuminated…

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