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Madiba is Gone…

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Does the grass whisper…
“He is gone, He is gone…”
Do the clouds mourn his passing?
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Meeting Mandela

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“He is in the conference hall right now and the plenary session is just about to end!”

As the words of the smart middle aged lady echoed in the hushed hotel lobby my heart started to beat rapidly and I broke into a sweat. Suddenly I felt quite weak, just the thought of seeing him in person was too much for me to bear! Continue reading →

Talk is Cheap

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First they said,

“She is married to a very old man,

A veritable sugar daddy,
What a terrible plan!” Continue reading →

Consider Peace: The Story of General Chop Am

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I had tossed and turned for over an hour, sleep had completely evaded me. I didn’t like being away from Tony and the children but this was only a few days of travel and I felt it was so important to accept the request to speak at the Sierra Leone Peace and Reconciliation conference.  But now just one day into the conference I couldn’t sleep, haunted by the stories, perhaps even by this place, I kept tossing and turning unable to settle my mind and spirit. Continue reading →

The Wisdom of the Magi

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Every Christmas we have the chance to watch the re-enactment of the Nativity ongoing in schools and churches, and we often hear a special Christmas carol about three kings of the Orient. Indeed, many of us sing along joyously… but have we ever asked ourselves about the real implications of this story? Have we ever delved into the true meaning behind the words? Continue reading →

Awesome Kenyans: The Artist

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I had the honor and privilege to go to school with amazingly talented people. We all experience that blessing as amongst us all are very gifted people, who often just need encouragement to nurture and grow their talent. Continue reading →

Harambee!

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As I write this I am seated in a boardroom at the Egrove Campus of Oxford University refining a presentation on Africa scenarios… But I simply cannot stop thinking about one of my great loves, a beautiful nation called Kenya. Continue reading →

Kenya Kwanza

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It had been a fairly quiet morning, an excellent setting for intense work on my MBA thesis titled The Crippling Burden of Sovereign Debt. As I always did when working or studying, I had the television on with the volume turned down slightly. Sitting on the living room carpet, legs crossed, surrounded by numerous open books and reports, my research papers all over the place and with a strong, sweet mug of piping hot black coffee in my hand I heard the Continue reading →

Colour Coding in Coventry: Part 2

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His fist was fast approaching my face, his eyes filled with hate and his face twisted with anger. On a chilly but sunny April afternoon in Coventry I was about to be attacked by a stranger simply for the colour of my skin. At that moment, my eyes welling up with tears, I asked the simplest question, Continue reading →

Colour Coding in Coventry: Part 1

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I must admit, I never did like Coventry.

After completing my O Levels I opted to take a one year pre university course in Law as opposed to doing 2 years of A levels. I applied to several universities in the UK and I was particularly excited when I received an acceptance letter from Warwick University, an institution with an excellent reputation. Interestingly that is where our Finance Minister at the time, the late Professor George Saitoti, got his PHD, not to mention the fact that I had close friends at Warwick. And so my fate was sealed, I was headed to Coventry in the Midlands. Continue reading →