Subject: Agriculture

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 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 »

From the Cooking Pot to the Table

Foods and lifestyles connected to them have increasingly become an important topic of discussion among people all over the world. Whether one is snacking on a light meal on a couch at home, devouring his way through a four-course meal at a trendy restaurant, watching a food critic railing against a hapless, sweating chef trying… Read more »

Fishing at Dunga Beach on Lake Victoria

Dunga Beach is a longtime fishing village on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Winam on Lake Victoria, just south of Kisumu City. The small community coalesced more than a century ago as migrants from the surrounding countryside arrived there to fish and trade on the outskirts of Kisumu. Over time, and increasingly in… Read more »

Traditional Homesteads Among the Luo of Kenya

A Luo home or homestead, it is often said, is like a book – a book that tells you about the Luo culture, how the Luo view life, and how they view each other. More than 4 million Luo people live in Kenya, mainly in Nyanza, in the western part of the country Kenya. Several… Read more »

Usoma Beach in Kisumu

One of the most well-known beaches in Kisumu is Dunga Beach. This is the place you will most likely go to when you want to sample some social life of Kisumu, take a leisurely boat ride, watch the local hippos frolicking in the evening breeze on the banks of Lake Victoria, fill your tummy with… 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 »

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 »

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 »