Stories

Chief Nindo and the Colonial Administration of Kenya

It is well known that all across Africa, as well as the world, European powers installed chiefs acting in the interests of the imperial nations. The British were no exception. They also appointed chiefs to help with their plans in Africa. The British created this chief-system because, according to political scientist David K. Leonard, they… Read more »

The Anglican Church in Maseno

The Anglican Church of Kenya in Maseno is a distinct and vibrant local expression of faith that seeks to ensure the salvation of the body, soul, and spirit of man through expressions of Christian practice and African piety. The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) in Maseno combines the goals of Anglican spiritual evangelism with a… Read more »

Maseno Town

Located 25 kilometers from Kisumu town along Kisumu-Busia highway, Maseno town is named for a type of a tree common in the area known by the Luo as “Oseno” and the Abaluhya as “Oluseno”. The growth of Maseno town is often attributed to the coming of missionaries in Kenya, and the contributions of the African… Read more »

Russia Hospital

The day that the Nyanza Provincial Hospital, now known as Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (or simply as Russia Hospital), opened its door to the public in October 1969 was meant to be a joyous occasion. It was supposed to be a day of pomp and circumstance marking the introduction of much-needed medical… Read more »

Living with the Hyacinth Weed

Titus Mula, a Kenyan fisherman, anxiously watched Lake Victoria from his home port of Kisumu. His apprehension was well founded as he observed the wind and waves carry a green mass across the surface of the water towards him. It was 2007, and Mula was keenly aware of the threat the weed posed to his… Read more »

The Livestock Trade in Kisumu Region

It is a warm, dusty day at Luanda livestock market, situated about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Kisumu City on the Kisumu-Siaya-Busia highway. It is in fact a Thursday, one of the market days at Luanda when traders trek from near and far on foot and by other means to sell and buy goods. Livestock… Read more »

The Ambrose Ofafa Memorial Building

The fading cream-colored paint peeling off the wall of the Ambrose Ofafa Memorial Building tells you that the building has not had a brush with fresh paint for a very long time. The concrete steps leading into various rooms in the building are frayed in places, and the terrace snaking around the building is marked… Read more »

The Oginga Odinga House at Maseno National School

Born in 1911, Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga was a member of the Luo community whose drive, vision, selflessness, and commitment strongly influenced the trajectory of Kenya’s history. Born under British colonial rule, Odinga was inspired to lead the fight against the oppressive colonial system, and had an indelible influence on the Kenyan independence movement. He… Read more »

The HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Kisumu County

Kisumu County has the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS in all of Kenya. According to the International Center for Alleviation of Poverty, Inc., 22-25% of Kisumu’s population is HIV positive. Anti-retroviral medications are unavailable to many of these people. Approximately 33,589 people are under home care for HIV/AIDS in Kisumu, with more than 10,000 new… Read more »

Jua Kali in Kisumu

The jua kali sector can be found almost all over the major estates of Kisumu, from Kondele to Nyalenda to Nyamasaria, and from Obunga to Nyawita to Dunga Beach. Members of this sector can be found selling their wares on the smallest and the busiest streets of the city, from the Ojijo Oteko Road to… Read more »