Kenyans, cut the crap on this “Kenyan media is lazy” stuff

I was surprised that some foreigners came to study Kenya’s 44th tribe— Kenyans on Twitter, or just KOT— and I wondered what makes Kenya’s internet users so special that they needed an academic paper on  them. I did not know how serious KOT is until I saw that they are a block with a diplomatic impact. Remember how the CNN…

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Vulnerability, yes that, will save your life…lessons from Spain Part 1

What stands between  us and the awesome people that we could be, are the things that happened to us in childhood or somewhere in our journey through life. The ghosts of the childhood rape are what stands between her and the passionate loving relationship that she could have… the abuse and constant humiliation robbed him of any shred of masculinity……

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Dear Safaricom and Collymore, what are you doing with our data?

Dear Bob Collymore, I posted on my Instagram about how I was about to blog on turning my T-shirt into an outfit that I wore of the media awards on Wednesday. This was a t-shirt I got me last year and I turned into a blouse…. Post on my blog in a few A post shared by Verah Okeyo (@verahvashtiokeyo)…

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Cancer, and how to celebrate Easter this year like a god

The last one of them died today. The cancer patient who came to the newsroom seeking to have their story aired so that they could pay their bills in private facilities when public hospitals were closed during the doctors’ strike. One of them died on the day his story was published. I think my greatest test of emotional intelligence as…

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Legendary gospel songs in Kenya; what they tell us about gospel music today

Today I was looking at my friend musician Douglas Jiveti’s picture and I was laughing at how digital he has become, a growth so parallel to the gospel music industry in Kenya. Who remembers Nduti Onestop video productions where people were floated on a mountain when they were singing that God created the mountains? My goodness! If you had a…

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Why the most beautiful women are the ones with stretchmarks and a potbelly

Do not marry a creative if you have no grace. True story. There is this …thing I was editing whose first sentences I was not “feeling”. Writing should move you, make you cry, annoy you enough to get to at least think of doing something about the subjects therein. Finally, at 6 in the morning I got possessed by these…

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In memory of Lilianne Otieno, and why you should take pictures of everything

On March 19, 2017, my friend Lillian went to be with the Lord in a tragic road accident. A week before her demise I had taken a challenge from my friend and journalist Silas Nyanchwani on how to write an obituary. You know one of those things we do as journalists is write obituaries. No, not those announcements you see…

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