Rasna Warah

Interview with Michela Wrong: The tool of power in Rwanda is fear

Michela Wrong debunks the myth of Rwanda as a model developmental state and a poster child for Western aid, the theme of her latest book

Kenya is the wrong example

"I am one of many Kenyans shocked to learn that Zimbabweans are looking at recent events in my country as a possible way to approach an election outcome they may not like in their own country's elections at the end of the month," writes Rasna Warah, an African editor and columnist.

Not ethnic cleansing, but class war

One of the most irritating things about the violence that recently rocked Kenya, as every middle- and upper-class Nairobian will tell you, was the fact that many maids, guards and nannies did not show up for work for a whole week. This was not because they were protesting against their inhuman working conditions or low salaries.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o: still decolonising the mind

Last month, Kenya's most celebrated literary icon, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, gave a series of lectures entitled <i>Re-Membering Africa</i> at the University of Nairobi. This was a historic moment, marking Ngugi's first lecture in his homeland in nearly three decades, delivered at the very institution that stripped him of his professorship after he was detained without trial by the Jomo Kenyatta regime in 1977.

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