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Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp

I think about weird things on evenings like these. On this one I thought about a lake, a massive lake. At some point in history, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmentaita were a single lake.

Seeing Vintage Nairobi through a 1970s Porn Film

If your uncle worked at Kenol Ruaraka in 1975, you might want to ask him if he was featured in an Italian porn film.

Anatomy of a Health Crisis: A Photo Essay

What happens when a public healthcare system is designed to fail?

The Birth of an Airline

40 years ago, a Kenyan pilot managed to sneak three planes out of a feisty, hostile Dar es Salaam. This is the story of how and why he did it.

7 Most Interesting But Obscure Kenyan Laws

There's only one building in Kenya protected by a specific law, although there was once a bridge too. Back when it was illegal to be broke and unemployed. You could still, then, get your own coat of arms for your banners.

The Shaza Club

Flown to Mombasa to attend the launch of the luxurious seaside Shaza Club, sleep and the sea win the night, and I miss everything.

The Double Life of Nicodemus Arudhi

For more than two decades, Nicodemus Arudhi was one of Kenya's most prolific football players. He was also a convicted criminal, and a wanted man.

The Gangland Life of Ibrahim Akasha

The godfather of Kenya's first true crime family, the Akasha Clan, was a grandfatherly charming chain smoker. He died nearly 17 years ago in Amsterdam, a fugitive from the law and deadweight to his business partners.

The Kenyan Spy Who Wrote A Book

In what is only the second book by a former Kenyan spy, Bart Kibati writes about the intrigues within Kenya and the Secret Branch during his 27 years there. Its an incomplete historical record even of the man, but its still an important read.