Subject: Politics

The Ramogi Press

Customers today venture into a small, non-descript printing shop on Accra Street in downtown Kisumu thinking of little besides the business cards and letterheads they hope to purchase. Most would be surprised to learn that Ramogi Press has an illustrious history and played a large role in the tumultuous politics of Kenyan independence. The brainchild… Read more »

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and the Rise of Opposition Politics in Kisumu

Many political parties were formed in Africa during the colonial period. The Kenya African National Union [KANU] was one such party. The other was the African National Congress in South Africa. KANU was one of the strongest and most organized political parties in Kenya. Among some of its most important bases, where it enjoyed an… Read more »

The Kisumu Port

On December 20, 1901, Florence Preston, the wife of the engineer building the Kenya-Uganda Railway, drove the last nail in the last sleeper (crosstie) of the railway by the shores of Lake Victoria. Port Florence thus came into being. However, the city was only called Port Florence for one year; it then reverted to its… Read more »

Miracle Healers in Kisumu

Religious healing has been a facet of the Christian faith for centuries. The New Testament’s gospels of Christ declare that Jesus performed many miracles during his lifetime, and it was these miracles that bore witness to his godliness. Since his death, many religious branches of Christianity have highly revered the notion of miracle healing and… 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 »