Stories

Kisumu Boys’ High School

One of the best and most well-known academic institutions in Kisumu City is Kisumu Boys’ High School. This is probably one of the best schools in Kisumu County, if not Kenya as a whole. It has made an indelible mark on Kenya’s social, economic, and political fabric. Some of the most famous political leaders in… Read more »

Manyatta Estate in Kisumu

Manyatta is a peri-urban estate [neighborhood] on the eastern outskirts of Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city. It is located in what might be called colloquially as the Kisumu’s “slum belt,” a group of informal settlements [here-in-after called slums] that have grown for decades skirting around the center and suburbs of Kisumu since Kenya achieved Independence. The… Read more »

Nyalenda Estate in Kisumu

The Nyalenda Estate [or neighborhood], one of several informal settlements that ring Kisumu, is located approximately two kilometers to the south and southeast of the Kisumu city center. This estate was established and administered by the British during the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway. After Kenya’s independence, the administration of Nyalenda was passed on to… Read more »

The Power of Jesus Around the World Church in Kisumu

You cannot fail to see it. The “Power of Jesus Around the World Church” building in Kisumu City. A big symbol of the cross stands a top a red hexagonal-sided roof on the large, brownish, brick building. In case you are not sure that it is the one, a big sign-post painted on the blue-colored… Read more »

“How Come I Never Saw You at Maseno National School?”

The early missionaries who were moving into Kenya were very interested in setting up schools for local Africans to start learning about the western world so they could become part of the society the missionaries came from. In 1906 missionaries from England, specifically Rev. James Jamieson (J. J.) Willis, pitched a tent for a missionary… Read more »

The Old Nyanza Provincial Headquarters in Kisumu

Nyanza Province is one of the main administrative provinces that were created in Kenya during the colonial period. The others were Coast, Northeastern, Rift Valley, Eastern, and Central provinces. The Nyanza Province is about 12,477 square kilometers [4,817 sq. miles] in size, about the size of the state of Connecticut, and is in the southwestern… Read more »

If Only the Monuments Could Speak!

A Spanish-American philosopher, George Santayana, spoke of history in his famous aphorism “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” People can avoid the pitfalls of forgetting the history of their countries specifically and of the world generally through various reminders of history. For example, people have built physical structures to honor… Read more »

Maseno Mission Hospital

Maseno Mission Hospital was founded by Anglican missionaries who came from England and settled in the Maseno part of western Kenya in 1906. Following the establishment of Maseno National School in 1906 to provide education to the children of the area, the hospital was founded thereafter to cater for the healthcare needs of the members… Read more »

People’s Parliament, the Trafalgar Square of Kisumu

Kenya became an independent country on December 12, 1963, and developed its own Parliament to deliberate on social, economic, and political policies that impacted the interests of Kenyan people. However, three decades since independence, Kenya’s Parliament, according to many people, has failed to live up to its billing. Many people view it as a discredited… Read more »

The Only University on the Equator

The emergence of Maseno University as one of the top universities in Kenya is a crowning accomplishment of the education enterprise at Maseno for the last 100 years. Since at least 1906, when Maseno School was created by European missionaries to provide education to the local people, many academic institutions have ermerged in Maseno and… Read more »