It wasn’t just the film Rafiki – a joyful lesbian love story – but also the experience of going to watch it after it was unbanned that created a new kind of freedom.
“My dreams have always kept me going. I would have been dead a long time ago if it wasn’t for them.” At 32, Mourine has already accomplished a lot. She’s written three books, acted on stage and for TV, and is mother to a 11-year-old girl. Her mission is to spur honest conversations with young girls about love and sex so that they can have the tools to make good choices in life and be truly free.
Our findings suggest that it is time to take Kenyan youth seriously as politically important actors.
George Onkoba has an accounting degree and worked at a bank for seven years. He gave it all up to pursue his real passion, painting. His family and friends shunned him, but George says he’s never been happier.
“I was born in Kibagare slum in Kangemi. My mother died when I was seven and so I was the only one able to, at the time, take care of my sister and younger brother. So, I entered the streets pretty early in my life.”
As we reflect on the injustices happening across the continent and the necessity for continued social commentary, we are proud to bring you stories that reflect the real lives of Africans living in African cities, through a series titled, “Nairobi Ni Mimi” (Nairobi is Me).
More needs to be done to ensure that journalists can do their important work without fear or favour.
Restricting trade to control the pandemic damages livelihoods, especially those of the urban poor. The control of future pandemics must strike a balance between health and economic activity.
Slums are a challenge for controlling the pandemic. Strengthening their fragile healthcare provision would help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics.