By 2025, 1.85 billion people in the world will be living in water scarcity. Countries will be going to war for water. But some people don't have to wait until 2025 to experience this reality of water scarcity; lack of water is a reality that Beth Koigi knows all too well.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt seen the hashtag #Repeal162 all over social media and heard about it in the news. If you go to church (or any other religious building like mosque or synagogue etc), you must have heard the pastor (religious leader) talk about the "gay agenda" and how this is a sign of the end times. But let's pump the brakes. What really is #Repeal162?
Part 2 of the interview with Aya Chebbi is finally here! Aya is the first ever African Union Youth Envoy and is the youngest person in the Chairperson's cabinet. She has travelled the world as a scholar, mentor, blogger, pan-Africanist, and feminist. She has received many accolades to her name, including being named amongst the world's 2018 top 100 most influential young people in government alongside heavy hitters like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview her. Without further ado, here it is, the second part of the interview (you can read the first part here).
In 2018, Aya Chebbi was named as the first ever African Union (AU) Youth Envoy to the AU Commission. She is the youngest person in the Chairperson's Cabinet. The start of her journey on this path can be pointed back to the Tunisian revolution when she quickly rose to prominence as a voice for democracy. Her blog, Proudly Tunisian, was published across numerous platforms such as Al Jazeera and OpenDemocracy. She has accomplished a whole lot since then, travelling the world as a scholar, mentor, speaker, volunteer, and pan-African feminist. Here she is, in her own words.
Girl's Generation, GG in short, also known as SNSD (Sonyeo Sidae, stylised as 소녀시대 in the Korean alphabet) is a South Korean girl group that has been active since 2007. The group quickly gained the title 'Nation's Girl Group' but their journey has not been without its ups and downs. Yesterday was GG's 11th anniversary and I celebrated by talking a walk down memory lane. Here are 5 things I've learnt from Girl's Generation.
Heart attacks: Often deadly, they can be loud or they can be silent. But how would you know if you are having a heart attack? In the movies, heart attacks are shown to be very dramatic; the person clutches their chest in pain and falls to the ground. However, in real life, heart attacks are often not as dramatic. In fact, you can have a heart attack without knowing it. This is what makes heart attacks so deadly because if you know you’re having a heart attack then you’ll seek treatment for it and, if you get to the hospital in time, you could be saved. Therefore, it is important that we all know how to spot a heart attack. But this in itself is another problem.
The classic heart attack symptoms – chest pain, with pain radiating to the arms, back, upper abdomen and jaw – are often found in males, i.e. females are more likely to have atypical symptoms such as shortness of breath, weakness, and fatigue. Due to the atypical nature of heart attack symptoms in women, women are less likely to seek treatment for heart attacks than men, and even when they do, their symptoms are often dismissed. Different studies have also shown that women receive worse care after heart attacks than men. In fact, heart disease causes more deaths among women than all cancers combined, making it the No. 1 killer of women worldwide! With this stunning revelation, I decided to seek out women who have had heart attacks to ask them what their symptoms were and their whole experience of it. I talked with Michelle, Sarah Larlar Fisher, Harley, Chassity Bynum, Tracie, Kai Moche, Lisabeth Cascio Esposito, Dorie Davis, Leanne Simpson, and Kendel Christoff.
In light of President Trump deciding to pull of of the Paris Agreement because he 'represents the citizens of Pittsburg and not the citizens of Paris', the world has been abuzz, with many people, including the citizens of Pittsburg, condemning the ill-informed and science-averse president. To understand why Trump's decision is catastrophic to the world, we need to understand what the Paris Agreement is and the role each country has to play.
"Your purchase helps empower the poor women of Kenya," I read the line out loud over and over again. I was reading from an Instagram page that I had come across. In the interest of privacy, I will not name the page. I will, however, give a description of the page. The page was a business page, and it was being run by what appeared to be a foreign white male. The business was one of selling accessories, supposedly made by 'poor Kenyan women', and it was created for the purpose of saving said women from poverty. Now, I'm not going to deny that there is poverty in Kenya because that would be lying to myself, but I'm also not going to say that this kind of thing is particularly helpful in alleviating that poverty as that too would be a lie. Because I'm not one to assume anything, I got to talking with the owner of the page so as to learn more about this business of his.
Hi everyone! As we enjoy our end-of-year celebrations and religious celebrations such as Kwanzaa, Hannukah and Christmas, let's remember to support each other. Anyone needing any online counselling or other form of mental health suport can feel free to email us for help.
I recently came across the dead horse theory and I just couldn't resist sharing it. Say you're riding a horse. Sadly, the horse dies. Common sense dictates that you dismount it, does it not? Sadly, this is not what happens. Thus the dead horse theory. The tribal wisdom of the plain Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount it. However, throughout history, and still happening now, we see business, education and government take more advanced strategies such as:
1. Buying a stronger whip. This approach is wildly popular amongst Kenyan school administrators.
2.Changing riders. If a plan isn't working, why re-strategize when you can just axe the person in charge and get a replacement?
3.Threatening the horse with termination. If your business is failing, just threaten to fire your employees! That'll do the trick!
4.Appointing a committee to study the horse. How many fruitful committees have we had in Kenya?
5.Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses. (Kenyan MCAs eh, Kenyan MCAs ah!)
6.Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included. This is also know as being 'innovative'.
7.Re-classifying the dead horse as 'living impaired'. Another innovative technique.
8.Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse. They're often cheaper and come with better (personal) deals.
9.Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed.
10.Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance. University students know all too well what happens to research funds.
11.Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance. I mean, why not?
12.Declaring that the dead horse doesn't have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower over head, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
13.Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses.
14.Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position of hiring another horse.
All this, and we still ask why violence, misogyny, discrimination, corruption, stealing and lack of professionalism still exists!