Subject: Environment

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 »

Kit Mikayi: Between Tradition and Modernity

The mixing of cultures can result in new practices, sometimes at the expense of long-held beliefs and traditions. Some groups, like the Luo in Kenya, seek to preserve and promote their traditional culture within the new, foreign culture expanding into their land. In seeking to preserve and promote their own culture, the Luo are 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 »

The Many Uses of Kit Mikayi

The African continent, like other continents around the world, has many natural rock formations and other structural wonders with deep significance for the ethnic groups and communities living around them. One of these is Kit Mikayi. Kit Mikayi is a natural geographical site in Kenya with hallowed grounds that attract thousands of religious members who… 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 »