Subject: Colonialism

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 »

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 [hereinafter called slums] that have grown for decades skirting around the center and suburbs of Kisumu since Kenya achieved Independence. The… Read more »

Chief Ogola Ayieke of Kisumu

Leadership by Africans in the African continent can be traced through the role of elders and kings in pre-colonial times, colonial administrators during colonial periods, and presidents and prime ministers today. No matter the time or era, one constant theme remains for sure, and that is there is always a need for leadership. In pre-colonial… 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 »

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 »