Threads & Works
THE UNDOING PROJECT: Writing to awaken | The Elephant [Link] : “
“Their generations were broken, but they were also blessed. Mine is too. I am a millennial, and my generation is struggling to define itself. To find its purpose. To do its best and worst.”
So it begins…
Thread on how private hospitals discuss your healthcare, like a commodity. Part expose, part commentary, part rant.
Buckle up, this is not going to be emotionally easy a ride to discuss.
Let’s start.— M. (@Owaahh) January 21, 2020
Where Nothing is Sacred [Link]
“A man called Alex Madaga died a cruel and unnecessary death, but the nation will move on. As it always does.“
Religion in a Time of HIV and Austerity: The Curious Case of Prophet Owuor [Link]
“As Kenyan society grappled with an uncertain economy and a disease for which there was no cure, charismatic churches and sects filled a void left by a kleptocratic political class that could not provide solutions.”
In the early 1930s this man, John Boyes, appeared before the Carter Land Commission and claimed ownership of Mount Kenya.
He had bought it, he said, from Chief Wang’ombe more than three decades prior, at the very hefty sum of four goats.#KenyanHistory pic.twitter.com/ZoyyOrZs9L
— M. (@Owaahh) December 29, 2017
The Gift of Life [Link]
“In 1978, the same year the eldest of my five sisters was born, a 15-year-old girl from West Pokot was wheeled into Nairobi Hospital on the brink of death. She was also missing her right kidney.”
‘Nita Ride Boda Boda’: How the Bicycle Shaped Kenya [Link]
“The earliest bicycles in Kenya were used by the unholy tripartite of colonial conquest: administrators, missionaries, and settlers. Some were given as presents to servants and friends, such as Nabongo Mumia, and before long the domestic market grew.“
One of the many things we have wasted money on as a country is a commission of inquiry into devil worship.
— M. (@Owaahh) December 23, 2017
The History Kenya Forgot: Untold World War II Stories [Link]
“The sinking of SS Khedive Ismail suffers from the same historicity issues that World War II, in general, suffers from in former colonies. It was a war (mainly) away from home, driven by issues that most of the one million Africans who enlisted had little or nothing to do with, at least at a socio-cultural level.“
Have you ever heard of “Kamau Maithori” the secret group that emerged around independence, complete with oathing and such, to demand settlement for displaced Kikuyus in Central Province, or permanent settlement in R. Valley?
— M. (@Owaahh) November 23, 2017
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: The Cultural Problem in China’s Engagement with Africa [Link].
“The Middle Kingdom is failing to acknowledge the cultural and racial distance it still has to close with the continent. “
So @RookieKE asked me to try and give a historical perspective of this Luo-Kikuyu animosity that has held KE hostage for 50+years.
— M. (@Owaahh) October 16, 2017
To Make Our Roads Safer, We Need to Make Them Feel Less Safe [Link]
“In some of his real-life experiments, Monderman stripped roads of non-essential safety signs and at times even traffic lights. On one road he put a sign saying: “There are no more traffic signs beyond.” It may seem permissive, but it is also a warning.”
Perhaps one solution is for those of us who were ever suspended/expelled for “organising school strikes” should write/speak up more.
— M. (@Owaahh) July 21, 2016
The Schools of Fire and Blood [Link]
“Every generation is expected to have a sense of history, but high school students are still adults in the making. Which is why we place them in the care of fully-formed adults who, we expect in theory at least, have a sense of history embedded in their moral and professional code. But if the havoc of school strikes hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years, and students only stay in schools for four years, then who isn’t learning from experience?“
On this day 30 years ago, Africa’s greatest son, Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara, was killed by Blaise Compaore. pic.twitter.com/UNEj6QUAzX
— M. (@Owaahh) October 15, 2017
LOST AND NOT FOUND: What happens when people go missing in Kenya [Link]
“For some those answers never come. As days become months, and then years, and memories fade, the lingering need to find those we love doesn’t dissipate. The worst, Sharon wrote, is in the not knowing.“
Whenever there are protests, we act as if many of KE’s big and small successes, were not the result of dissent, both violent and nonviolent.
— M. (@Owaahh) October 12, 2017
SMACK TRACKS IN THE SANDS OF TIME: How Kenya Became a Major Narcotics Transit Route [Link]
“In September 2015, a ship called the Hoegh Transporter called at the port of Mombasa. Kenyan police promptly detained the Norwegian-flagged ship and arrested its Filipino crew. Investigators then started a systematic search for drugs in the vessel.“
Other than being called a “critical mass” that is “simply uneducated” by @sautisol this week, that last line caught my eye.
A thread. pic.twitter.com/cpfDBcwaNF
— M. (@Owaahh) October 14, 2017
THE BATTLE FOR KENYA’S SOUL: Will history absolve them? [Link]
“Publicly, and in such personal records as memoirs, this elite class continuously pretends it worked for the good of the country. But it turns out that our definition of country differs. For them it was a running plantation that requires little or no input, where a slave working class is either a vote, a weapon, a taxpayer, or all three.“
Between June 1st 1963-Dec 12 1964, Elizabeth II was “Queen of Kenya and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.”
— M. (@Owaahh) October 15, 2017
Yet another padded eulogy of Nicholas Biwott. It must be why it’s so easy to do evil in KE, because you are sure death will cleanse you.
— M. (@Owaahh) July 13, 2017
On 15th January 1981, a man called Corporal James Waore Diang’a was arrested and court-martialed for planning to overthrow the govt.
— M. (@Owaahh) August 1, 2017
The history of terror attacks in Kenya, since 1975, shows that they tend to happen around (before or after) general elections.
— M. (@Owaahh) May 25, 2017
When Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, they not only split their name but also their national anthem into two.
— M. (@Owaahh) May 25, 2017
The threat of secession, 55 years ago. #KenyanHistory pic.twitter.com/x4OgexAm6a
— M. (@Owaahh) November 3, 2017
One story is good,
till Another is told.