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The Elephant is a platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future.

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The Elephant is a platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future.

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The African Trumpet

Latest release on Oct 21, 2020

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The Elephant is a platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future.

Rank #1: Godwin Murunga - The Evolution Of A Pandemic

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The African governments are notoriously averse to expert advice often preferring the simplistic solutions and perspectives of the court jesters. This time though the complexity of the issues facing regional, local and global societies are forcing the experts and scholars back into the frontline. How will the insecure regimes coexist with these rising intellectuals?

May 27 2020

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Rank #2: Songs of Freedom: National Anthems from East Africa

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#Kenya #Uganda #Tanzania #Independence

Jun 29 2017

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Rank #3: Bad Actors

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An analysis of the crafty yet imperfect theatrics of undercover intelligence agents on Nairobi's streets, written by Alexander Ikawah.

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #4: Prof. Joseph Stiglitz - The Economic Policy Options for Fixing the COVID-19 Downturn

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This pandemic is an economically unique trouble in that it has affected both demand and supply while notoriously failing to respond to the usual fiscal and monetary options. The international policy cooperation is the shorter route out of this. However, as Dr Ndii and Dr Stiglitz discuss, an immediate downturn is all but inevitable before the global world picks up again.

May 28 2020

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Rank #5: Deconstruction of Gengetone Music

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Since this new Gen Z music that blends urban slang, cringeworthy lyrics, and novel dancing, it's divided opinion both across age, moral and social divides. Are we too quick to take sides and what could we be missing? From an article titled "How Kenyan Gospel Pop Birthed the Odi-Pop Craze" by Dan Aceda, published on The Elephant.

Feb 19 2020

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Rank #6: Mombasa: Virus, Philanthropy and Economic Tailspin

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The immediate image of the nationally declared curfews has been police beating up hapless citizens at the ferry crossing. The local counties therefore presents a complex tapestry of beliefs, and maneuvers between the state, religion, information asymmetry and interventions at the coastal strip. As narrated by Gideon Kadu.

Apr 11 2020

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Rank #7: Dr. Willy Mutunga on Devolution

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A conversation with Dr. Willy Mutunga on Devolution

Sep 14 2017

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Rank #8: The Sheesha Phenomenon

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A podcast with Celine Awour, a tobacco control advocate based in Nairobi, Kenya

Sep 15 2017

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Rank #9: For the Cups of Tea

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On erasure and the invisibility of women’s labour, from an article by Anne Moraa.

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #10: Law Society of Kenya Chair Nelson Havi Speaks on Curfew

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The legalities of government decisions that seek to combat the Corona pandemic have to balance between privacy and freedoms. In this interview with Ms. Daki Galgalo, the Law Society of Kenya chair Nelson Havi takes us through what is constitutional and what is not, in the recent decisions made by the state.

Apr 16 2020

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Rank #11: Dr. Willy Mutunga's Challenge to the Kenyan Youth

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Dr. Willy Mutunga's challenge to the Kenyan youth

Sep 14 2017

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Rank #12: Millennial Speak: Part 1

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The millennial bashing script often reads like capitalism’s disappointment that we did not turn into the reckless consumer cluster that they anticipated we will be when they branded us in 1991. The millennial narrative-for the most part-ignores the existential pain of being young in a flailing society, and the attendant youthful anxiety, grief, struggle and fears while amplifying the trivial and dehumanizing aspects of generational clustering such as tastes, habits and preferences. A round-table talk between Darius Okolla, Kingwa Kamencu and Joe Kobuthi.

Mar 11 2020

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Rank #13: REGIONAL INTERGRATION: Kizza Besigye opines

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The Elephant in conversation with Dr Kizza Besigye, Uganda’s opposition leader.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #14: The Contradictions of an African Faith

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Of growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist in Africa, from an article by Norbert Odero.

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #15: Kizza Besigye on alternative forms of organisation and debt

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The Elephant in conversation with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Uganda’s opposition leader.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #16: Dr. Willy Mutunga: The toxic nature of Kenya's tribal politics

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A conversation with Dr. Willy Mutunga on the toxic nature of Kenya's tribal politics.

Sep 14 2017

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Rank #17: The Metamorphosis of Mungiki: From A Movement to a Militia?

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The Elephant in conversation with journalist Dauti Kahura.

Sep 01 2017

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Rank #18: To be a Millennial is to Believe in Freedom

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An audio version of Troy Onyango's article on The Elephant.

May 23 2018

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Rank #19: EDUCATION REFORM: Dr. Wandia opines

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The Elephant in conversation with Dr. Wandia Njoya, a senior lecturer and blogger.

May 07 2018

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Rank #20: Dr. Wandia Njoya: Kenya’s free education quandary

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The Elephant in conversation with Dr. Wandia Njoya, a senior lecturer and blogger.

May 07 2018

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The National Coroner Service Act: Mapping the Future

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For a country laden with lots of unresolved high and low profile homicides, the need for better forensic models, better cooperations, and a seamless judicial system will expedite a closure for families. Even then that will demand a more deliberate involvement of communities, the indictment of culprits and engendering a culture of valuing human life and our approaches to justice. A conversation by activist Njoki Gachanja, state pathologist Johannssen Oduor, lawyer Kariuki Karanja, state legal advisor Emily Chweya, and police oversight director David Nderitu.

Oct 21 2020

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The National Coroner Service Act: Weaponizing Poverty

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The victims of extrajudicial killings tend to be largely male, largely poor, largely from informal settlements. The classism implicit in the murder speaks into how our society ranks lives based on their socio-economic fate. The mantra seems to be, whatever you do, don't be poor, as told by activist Njoki Gachanja, state pathologist Johannssen Oduor, lawyer Kariuki Karanja, state legal advisor Emily Chweya, and police oversight director David Nderitu.

Oct 14 2020

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The National Coroner Service Act: Whose Act?

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The National Coroner Service Act 2017 availed an opportunity for independent forensic documentation and reporting by qualified pathologists in the case of extrajudicial killings by police. It hasn't yielded much fruit though and as panellists; activist Njoki Gachanja, state pathologist Johannssen Oduor, lawyer Kariuki Karanja, state legal advisor Emily Chweya, and police oversight director David Nderitu attest, a lot remains to be desired in the manner in which this Act has been operationalized.

Oct 09 2020

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Voices in Diaspora: Sharon Inuani in Germany

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How do over 3 million Kenyans abroad navigate life in foreign lands? What is it like settling in their respective country? What's the immigration process like? How's the food, culture, accents, and language like? How do you navigate racial complexities? How do you keep abreast of news from home? How do you process Kenyan news from that far away? What's interaction with their foods? events? Local nuances? Residency? We are joined by Ms Sharon Inuani from Germany in our first episode on this podcast series.

Oct 02 2020

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Martha Karua: Corruption Has Been Legalized and Sanctioned

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In recent years we've seen corruption move form the fringe to become the unofficial operational policy of those close to the president. Kenyan politicians, in turn, have abandoned all pretence of legitimacy as industrial-scale lotting has messed the economy, spiralled national debt and compromised our judicial and penal philosophies. The Elephant in conversation with Hon. Martha Karua, former presidential candidate, NARC Kenya leader, former Gichugu MP and a stalwart of the struggle for a new constitution in Kenya.

Sep 24 2020

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Kenya, CIA, MI6 And Counterterrorism

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Night-time raids, assassinations, muzzled reporting, and clandestine paramilitary unit have been the reality for dozens of Kenya's coastal residents since the 9/11 terror attack. As The elephant producer John Githongo and investigative reporter Namir Shabibi recall, 19 years since the 'War on Terror' began the terrain looks ever more precarious with heroes turning into villains, innocent people have paid the ultimate cost and the lines get blurred by the day.

Sep 08 2020

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The Economy and the Virus

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The impact of the COVID virus on production, demand, supply, credit market and labour demand continues to be felt differently by different sectors. This calls for a halfway review of its respective effects and how best we can craft the path towards full recovery. As narrated by Darius Okolla.

Aug 29 2020

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Food Security in the Horn of Africa

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The centrality of affordable, available, variety of food to the peace infrastructure of the horn of Africa cannot be underestimated. And as food expert Guled Ahmed clarifies the regional governments have to prioritize the political and economic aspects of food security to guarantee the stability of their respective nations.

Aug 25 2020

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Kenya's Economy and Higher Learning Adjust to Pandemic

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The higher-ed and the wider economy feed off each 0other through a knowledge economy loop that has been severely disrupted. It's now up to the scholars in institutions of higher learning to reorient the models of disseminating knowledge even as they help the wider economy reconfigure itself for a new emerging world under the pandemic. As narrated by Dr Joy Mueni Kiiru.

Aug 10 2020

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Fr Gabriel Dolan: What Happened to Social Justice in the Church?

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The church has impressive infrastructural inroads into the social aspect of the society. This embeds them into society in ways that also make them easier to be co-opted by the state systems, and as Father Dolan elucidates, the church has to address the question on the injustices of history and the implicit imbalance in our societal structures.

Aug 06 2020

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The Ongoing Economic Meltdown In Kenya

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The Kenyan society has sustained critical limitations around the economy mostly occasioned by policy and leadership failures. Corona has simply amplified this challenge and as researchers, Aly-Khan Satchu and Julian Rowan elaborate on how the state's reaction isn't making the situation any easier for Kenyans.

Aug 04 2020

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Ngala Chome: Terror and Security in the Age of Coronavirus

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This Corona pandemic has shifted the nature of terror in the horn of Africa through stretching state resources, redeployment of security infrastructure, policy focus and movement of both people and cash. The impact of these shifts will in the coming months reorient the capability of both the state and the terror networks to operate optimally and precipitate creation of new networks and the death of some of the older networks as narrated by Joe Kobuthi and Ngala Chome.

Jul 21 2020

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Revisiting the Education Question

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Knowledge and education are never neutral. What we understand, how we understand it and the process leading to the validation of that knowledge is filtered through prisms and biases some of which we never give much thought to. Given that the state will keep children stuck at home till 2021, we'll need to advocate for a better philosophy of knowledge, even as we advocate for more schooling opportunities outside of school; in art centres, museums, libraries, grandma stories and festivals. We need an education that reflects the country that we desire, as narrated by Dr Wandia Njoya and Prof. Lewis Gordon.

Jul 10 2020

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Mutemi Wa Kiama: The State's Machinery of Violence

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The Kenyan state is trying to recreate the 1990s and send us back into the days of the dreaded special branch as it loses grip of the Kenyan society through its incompetence, dysfunction and unimaginable corruption. Public spirited citizens, as we witnessed during the Saba saba rallies, find themselves accosted by a well-oiled infrastructure of violence which is the last resort for a regime that has lost its legitimacy, willpower and capacity to lead, as narrated by Kiama Mutemi.

Jul 10 2020

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Prof. Tiyambe Zeleza: Coronavirus Widens Global Disparities

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The 2020 COVID scare has accelerated certain forces within the local and global societies and put into question age-old beliefs including the idea of the infallibility of the market. The state, we were told, is corrupt, inefficient and stuck. But as Prof. Tiyambe Zeleza explains, the magnitude of the pandemic is demanding from us massive logistical, infrastructural, and systemic responses which only the state machinery is large and rich enough to pull off.

Jun 25 2020

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COVID-19 and the Evolution of Market Dynamics

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The COVID-19 has upset the basic economic relationship that existed between different sectors in the wider economy. As Dr Mariam Omollo and Dr Charles Warria explain, this heightens the need for new data on the evolving relationships between known variables and market indicators, as moderated by Wanjiru Gikonyo.

Jun 24 2020

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Patrick Gathara: Will Corona Overthrow the Colonial Order

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The modern Africa city and state with their colonial origins are finding it harder to evolve in way that allow them to meet the needs of their urban populace. Gathara says this is the best time to question their structural limitations and to reform them in ways that ensure continuity of human organization.

Jun 17 2020

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Prof. Elisio Macamo: We Need to Rethink Lockdowns

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Lockdowns may have made sense in the initial civilizational panic but their efficacy, and sustainability are now being put into question. Now that the pandemic evolves its time for regimes to take into account the unique aspects of their respective nations and regions.

Jun 17 2020

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Muthoni Drummer Queen: Art In The Age Of Corona

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The year 2020 is evolving at a pace that overwhelms the creative synergies of the artists, and the creatives. But what opportunities, growth areas and anxieties define this age artistically.

Jun 17 2020

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Dr Chambi Chachage On Tanzania's Controversial COVID-19 Policy

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Dr. Chambi Chachage: Pandemics evolve from being a clinical health issue, to public health issue before becoming a public order issue. At that point urban anthropology, city dynamics, and historical accidents become amplified as different players in the urban space try to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 10 2020

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