Stories

The East African Community and the South African Development Community

Beginning in the 20th century, countries began to form organizations and unions with one another in the hope of achieving peace and strong economy for their people. Some examples of these organizations and unions are the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of the African Unity [now African Union], the East African Community, and… Read more »

From Single-faith-based Religious to Multi-faith-based, Integrated Education

On July 21, 1951, the first foundation stone of Victoria Primary School was laid by John Riddoch, one of the leading white residents of Kisumu. Although the inscription marking the foundation of the school does not say much about the target audience of the school, the history of the school attests to the fact that… Read more »

Political Protests, Resistance, and Unrest in Kisumu

Since the arrival of the Europeans in Africa, Africans have generally organized protest and resistance movements against their social, economic, and political agendas. They have also organized protest and resistance movements against bad leaders who have emerged in Africa since independence. This essay attempts to provide a historical perspective on the activities of those who… Read more »

Kisumu Girls High School

A few years before its independence in the 1960s, Kenya saw efforts by various personalities, organizations, and groups to give proper intellectual backing to the education of girls. Of vital importance to this intellectual awakening was the formation of the Ministry of Education to investigate and promote the education of the majority of the citizens… Read more »

Land Alienation and its Impact in Kisumu

Land alienation began with European conquest and expansion into the African interior. This process of dispossession became a feature of the French, British, and Portuguese occupation, which began since at least the 15th century. In South Africa, for example, the most egregious example of land alienation came with the passage of the Natives’ Land Act… Read more »

The Kenya-Uganda Railway

The calm, quiet haze of the early morning day settles on a town. The people there have seen thousands of days like this, and for what reason should there be any surprise? It is midafternoon when a group of investors roll on through, talking about building some railways. Within a few months they are gone,… Read more »

The Mega City Mall in Kisumu

Located along the Kisumu-Busia Road (Nairobi Highway) on Kisumu’s east side, Mega City Kisumu is a modern shopping mall anchored by the largest outlet of Nairobi-based retail giant Nakumatt. Mega City is more than a market for goods, however. It is also an important end point for products that often originate well outside Kisumu and… Read more »