Drawing on the Pan-Africanist ideals and the African experience, The Elephant aims to be at the centre of the national dialogue, speaking truth power in a quest to re-imagine a state and a society that guarantee a life of inclusivity and dignity for all.
The Elephant’s philosophy informs the editorial approach. Founded on the principles of Pan-Africanism, The Elephant was established in 2016 as a platform for dialogue and the pursuit of Truth, epitomised by a willingness to re–imagine state and society by exposing their relationship in order to restore the balance of power – social, economic and political – in society especially for the marginalised, alienated and dispossessed.
The Elephant is dedicated to the construction of a narrative of a robust, generative, and diverse national identity imbued with the African experience. The Elephant recognises the importance of the formation, evolution and disposition of socio–cultural, economic and political institutions and their relationships, and whose workings have laid the foundation of our current existential framework.
The Elephant’s determination to interrogate and explore the uncomfortable, the unknown and the under-represented is underpinned by a reverence for fact and a commitment to honesty and integrity.
Editorial autonomy lies at the heart of The Elephant. No individual or organisation has undue influence on – or the right of interference with – our contributors. The Elephant’s contributors should provide thorough, well-researched work that is intellectually rigorous, original and free from commercial, political and proprietorial bias.
Truth and objectivity
Inasmuch as we acknowledge the reality of different standpoints, we all strive to arrive at the truth as best we can, backed by a fundamental belief that truth must always evince a sense of objectivity in our users. Plagiarism or the deliberate provision of false information for publication is a betrayal of the fundamental principles that undergird The Elephant.
Information for the common good
We believe in the power of information to challenge, build and influence society. To this end, our interventions shall resonate – and provoke critical engagement – with issues, concerns and debates of relevance to Kenya , Africa and the world.
At the core of our commitment is integrity. The Elephant aims to adhere to the highest possible standards in delivering quality information.
Derived from the lived experience and history of the people, Truth should be manifest, felt and experienced. The Elephant intends to “keep it real” in its bid to explain society to the people.
Dr. David Ndii
Dr. Godwin Murunga
Dr. Mshai Mwangola
Dr. Wandia Njoya
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Oyunga Pala – Chief Curator