One’s nationality can be determined by where you were born, where your parents are from, where you hold citizenship – politics, geography, circumstance and even choice. There is nothing complicated about where I am from, until I’m challenged to prove it.
Female MPs in Kenya have stormed out of a late-night parliamentary session in a row over the legalisation of polygamy
I am glad that I am neither a soldier nor a mercenary. Both are instruments of war and destruction. Nobody should ask me to fire machine guns and drop bombs on fellow Africans whose leader came to power through a violent coup and not democratic elections.
Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Chimamanda Adichie don’t resemble images of Africans that Americans are used to seeing. The cumulative effect of more such stars will adjust stereotypes and leave permanent change.
Many question the wisdom of interracial dating, but actually, we seem to have an equally big problem with dating between one African culture and another. Or rather, we might date outside our own culture but when it comes to marriage we are advised to stick with “our own”.
I do not wish to counter the stand our leaders have taken against the International Criminal Court. They have argued that it is a racist court and have decided that Kenyatta should not attend their trials. I want to take their decision a step further.
South Africa has 11 official languages, but some black people are being brought up to speak only English. Others equate speaking English with intelligence, forgetting that when we lose our mother tongue we lose a sense of who we are.
In an attempt to silence journalists, activists, NGOs and other critics, the Kenyan government is denouncing them as agent provocateurs and accusing them of being funded by America. We’ve been here before, but this time the public is taking the bait.