Stories

Kisumu Social Hall

Kisumu Social Hall is located about 400 meters from the main public bus station in Kisumu City. Kisumu Social Hall is an important building in the history of Kisumu City and the entire surrounding region. Nearly every educated adult individual who went to school in the region during their youth can still remember either hearing… Read more »

Makasembo Road, Kisumu, Kenya

Located in downtown Kisumu, Makasembo Road is an active thoroughfare and is known for the many different shops that are found there. Makasembo Road is a 1.04-kilometer-long road and is bordered by Karume Road to the east, Oginga Odinga Road and Paul Myuba Road to the west, and Accra Street to the south. It serves… Read more »

The Equator Bottlers Co. of Kisumu

The Equator Bottlers facility in Kisumu is one of the largest production and distribution points for the global Coca-Cola Co. in Africa. Even though major events have taken place in the history of Equator Bottlers since it started operating some decades ago, Equator Bottlers LTD has maintained a presence not only in Kisumu, but also… Read more »

Kisumu Museum

When one visits the Kisumu Museum, the first thing that one notices is a large billboard that lists the admission rates and hours of operation (Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) of the museum. The billboard also announces that the museum is part of the National Museums of Kenya. Underneath the billboard are… Read more »

Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI)

One of the most well-known cotton ginneries in Africa is the Kisumu Cotton Mill, often known by the KICOMI acronym. It is well known because, according to Kisumu Museum curator Phoebe Awiti, KICOMI has played a major role in providing direct employment opportunities locally, and in the social and economic development of Kisumu. KICOMI is… Read more »

Kisumu Municipal Hall

The construction of Kisumu Municipal Hall (now City Hall) started in 1956, and, after a year, the Hall was completed and was officially opened by Sir Evelyn Baring, the Governor of Kenya, on July 11, 1957. This building has come to assume a larger-than-life status in the history of Kisumu. From the time Kisumu was… Read more »

Sunset Hotel

The Sunset Hotel is located at the junction of Impala Way and Aput Lane, near the Impala Animal Sanctuary Park in Milimani Estate, Kisumu, Kenya. The hotel may not be one of the most sought-after hotels in Kisumu today like the Acacia Premier Hotel, Sovereign Hotel, The Vic Hotel, or any other such luxury hotels… Read more »

Odera Street, Kisumu, Kenya

Odera Street is located in downtown Kisumu, Kenya, slightly more than one kilometer from the Kisumu Railway Station to the Kisumu-Busia Highway. Odera Street intersects with Oginga Odinga Road, and after that intersection it continues as Kendu Lane. On the opposite side, away from Lake Victoria, Odera Street dead-ends into Mumias Street/Kisumu-Busia Road. The history… Read more »

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kisumu, Kenya

He was probably one of the most mercurial and charismatic religious leaders in independent Kenya. He was brave and fearless. He was described in nearly every notable Kenyan newspapers as a fiery and vocal cleric who fearlessly, relentlessly, and courageously criticized the government of President Daniel arap Moi for its human rights abuses against Kenyans…. Read more »

Death, Dying, and the Memorialization of the Dead

Among the many traditions practiced by the Luo of Kenya for centuries before European colonization, the ceremonies and rituals performed in the event of the death of a family member or community member were particularly meaningful. The Luo funeral process involved a series of regimented stages to be followed by the family and community of… Read more »