The Man Who Sold a Country

...and the people who stood by while it happened (simply, us).

How Scientific Racism Shaped Kenya

In the 1930s, a group of scientists set about trying to use science to prove that Kenyans couldn't handle European ideas.

Why I Don’t Vote

The decision whether to vote or abstain should be a personal journey. The result of proper inquiry, and examination, not social coercion or the simple feeling of duty to one’s community or unit.

The Assassination of Chief Waruhiu

At quarter to 1 on 7th October 1952, Senior Chief Waruhiu Kung'u was shot and killed. This is the story of the two men who hanged for it.

The Kamba of Paraguay

How did a group of Kamba soldiers find their way to the heart of South America?

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?

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.

Rusinga Festival: A Photo Essay

The Rusinga Festival celebrates the colorful history of the Subanese, descendants of a dynastic war for the Buganda throne.

The War for Tatu City

For a few minutes, no one in the helicopter spoke. The three men sat in silence, looking outside. Below them, Ruiru opened up like a dream. A green sea of thousands of acres of coffee bushes, sometimes broken by empty, grassy fields. "Done. Let's do it." Then there was silence again.

7 Crazy Stories from Kenya’s Athletic History

60 years ago, Kenya entered the world of global athletics with a single mission, complete dominance. With such a rich history, there's bound to be unbelievable stories from the tracks, and from Kenya's checkered history at the Olympics. Here's a few of them.

The Eccentric Photography of Osborne Macharia

Two days after shooting Mengo, Osborne texts to say he lost the images he took. So he called in the models and started all over again.

How the Monkey Did It

A week ago, a small vervet monkey switched off the most important of Kenya's power stations. In this fascinating "how not to go about your monkey business" manual, we study what exactly the monkey started. And why sometimes everything working too well is not a good thing.

The Hoax of the Genius of Tsula Mwangi

Every few years, some internet user asks "Was the Kenyan genius, Tsula Mwangi, real?" The answer is no. She was completely made up.

The Sack of Imperial Bank

The first time Abdulmalek JanMohammed ever robbed Imperial Bank he had a gun to his head. Three short years later, he became the robber, carrying out a heist so elaborate its web is still being untangled, five months after his death.

The First Computers in East Africa –and what became of them

One of them ended up at the bottom of the ocean, because of a snake, a gun, and bureaucracy. Another ended up in China, somehow.

SIX HOURS ON FIGHT NIGHT: Makmende vs Wikipedia

Makmende had returned, and he was here to stay. Not that he reads books and Wikipedia anyway. He just beats them up to get the information he wants.

Monica Njeri’s Killer Killed Again

In August 1980, Kenya arrested a US sailor for the murder of Monica Njeri in a drunken brawl. 32 years later, he killed three more women.

The man who saved Nairobi from the Bubonic Plague

Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro is the zebra-riding octor who saved Nairobi from the Bubonic Plague. He did so because it was his job, but he rode a zebra because he could.

7 Bizarre Flexes by Rich and Powerful Africans

You think you have money but have you ever had someone fly first class across the world to bring you your favourite stick?

Why You Need Travel Papers

Wars might have an end-date in history, but the havoc they reap in the social fabric of humanity have a tenacious will to survive.

Why Landlocked Countries Have Navies

Although these countries do not have coastlines, and especially because they do not, they protect the water bodies they have with a degree of seriousness.

New Moscow: The Rise, and Quick Fall of Russia’s colonial experiment

For Alexander, who considered this proposal seriously, Achinov and his Cossack’s were the perfect cat’s paw.

Have You Ever Been to a Private Hospital?

Everything bad about the global finance system has been happening in Nairobi, and you've been paying for it with your money, and lives.

Butterflies and the Sea

At Serena Beach Resort & Spa, M.’s date waddles like a duck, a monkey organizes a banana heist, and then we cradle butterflies.

The Rise and Fall of the State House Boys

Inside the intrigues that built and destroyed the President’s comms team. A story of blind ambition, unfettered ego, and utter destruction. And a brothel.

What Happened to Kenya’s Moon Rocks?

The idea though was that they would mark the successes of space exploration, and be displayed to the public. Very few countries ever did that.