Why Bruce’s hit song is East African

Many must have seen the short video of Rwanda’s Bruce Melodie’s song “Katerina” on TikTok. It was widely shared on other social media platforms. The hit song deserves the accolades. It was a pleasant surprise to many the reason it garnered such attention was Kenya’s...

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Clinging to hope the economy recovers, but may not be soon

Anxiety at the depressed economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a hue of normality. Many in the continent and around the world wonder how worse it could get and for how long. It is not about to let up. The African Development Bank supplement economic outlook released a couple of...

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rethinking the whistle and how empty stadiums are changing match outcomes

Where I come from, my people have a saying that even the strongest brave is felled to the ground by a maize cob. It is meant to warn that small things can bring down the best of us, destroy reputations or even the might of our most venerated institutions. The whistle a referee uses to...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

A lesson from radio history when Martians invaded Earth

The invaders from Mars, reported live on CBS Radio as it was unfolding, landed some time after 8pm on Sunday, October 30, 1938. At first, it was thought that it was a meteor that had crashed, pulling crowds of onlookers at the crash site on a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey, in...

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

BLM protests have struck a blow for us all, may it last

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police have prompted a reckoning on the history of oppression. They have seen statues of historically controversial figures defaced or toppled, and had ramifications in sports and the movies. The...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 11:07 PM

How pandemic is giving a peek of possible future education

The coronavirus pandemic is giving us a glimpse of how education could evolve. With schools closed, it has presented us with the unexpected social experiment on homeschooling. Experts believe the innovations teachers use during the outbreak may lead to lasting change, with technology playing a...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

How Covid-19 has expanded definition of heroes

Moments of crisis often give rise to their heroes. Covid-19 has given us its own, though, according to the experts who look at such things, the pandemic could change how we define heroes. Let’s begin, however, with Captain Tom Moore, who became a Covid-19 hero in Britain and around the...

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Africa could rise stronger post Covid-19, but...

It may seem surprising given the ravages of the pandemic around the world, but there’s much optimism how Africa will fare post-Covid-19, mainly from cautious African observers. This is evident in a headline like “The economic resilience of African countries offers a template for...

Friday, May 15, 2020, 6:06 PM

Addressing the triple-crisis of COVID-19, locusts and floods

The emergence of swarms of newly-hatched desert locusts in the Horn and East Africa has deepened the threat to food security brought on by the pandemic. The floods and landslides wreaking havoc in the continuing heavy rains across the region have only added an already dire situation making it a...

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Where is EAC in the Creative Cities Network?

The first World Art Day was marked last week on April 15, 2020. In her message during the inauguration, Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), spoke of how art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis. Other than surprise art never...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:20 AM

How Covid-19 could affect AfCFTA

Trading within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to begin on 1st July 2020, just over two months from now. So far, only 29 member states out of 55 have ratified the agreement. More countries need to ratify it if the projected boost of 52 per cent in intra-African trade...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 3:06 AM

Confronting domestic violence in the era of Covid-19

It may appear some people “do believe that everyone is having an incredibly sexy time quarantining (they’re not),” thus begins the opening sentence of an article I was reading on Jezebel, which describes itself as “A Supposedly Feminist Website.”...

Saturday, April 11, 2020, 1:00 AM

Suspend EAC rules on government debt in fight against pandemic

East African Community Secretariat’s deployment of mobile laboratories and testing kits in 4x4 vehicles in the member states to fight Covid-19 showed its capability. The vehicles will add to the reach in the far-flung and difficult to reach places, complementing the ongoing effort to...

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Can mass protests be pleaded in a court case as an act of God?

This is not exactly about the Covid-19, except effects of the pandemic are with us and offer a handy counterpoint to a court submission not too long ago that pleaded mass protests an act of God. The pandemic has affected every aspect of our existence. It has disrupted lives and businesses with...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Coronavirus: When hope and science meet

More countries in Africa are instituting measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including in some countries yet to report a case of infection. The measures are pragmatic, as need not be said, but they are a mix of optimism and dread, particularly in Africa. Optimism, because signs of...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Reduced sink capacity affirms all is not well with Congo rainforest

A study published last week in the journal ‘Nature’ revealing that trees in the Congo Basin Forest are losing their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide was momentous news. It noted how scientists are worried about the health of the world’s second-largest contiguous rainforest...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00 AM

Coronavirus: No gainsaying it could get worse Africa

The novel coronavirus, recently named Covid-19, has virtually shut down China where it started in the world’s second biggest economy. While the situation is improving in the vast country, it has caused upheaval in stock markets and disrupting supply chains around the world. Factories...

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:38 AM

Seek your child's consent before you put that cute photo online

There are those cute school pictures of our children graduating from nursery – complete with graduation gowns and caps – that are then put on the school website. Then there are the ones parent's post on Facebook of their children eating ice cream during a family outing. What are...

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 AM

Not quite there yet for gender equality, but we aren’t giving up

It is not often that one hears that an NGO is closing shop because its work is done. Many times, the problem being addressed in the communities is intractable requiring continuous effort. This is the situation with gender equality as the world gears to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the...

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 AM

Miss Rwanda: Cut the organisers some slack, we are the trolls

The trolls who attacked Miss Rwanda 2020 contestants recently on social media provoked much public anger and disappointment. It was particularly savage after they mocked one of them for coming out about her defilement as a child. Some abusively dismissed the latter contestant’s trauma,...

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Subscribe to The New Times E-Paper