South African con-artists Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana are not good people. They’re also an outcome of a system that predisposes individuals to avarice, selfishness and deceit.
The issue of trust has come to the forefront as the digital ecology penetrates every corner of the global mega-village but in Africa, the land of non-linear evolution, the impact of AI may yet be positive.
Going by recent events, we are quickly sliding down a precarious path as regards freedom of the press. The spike in disinformation, influence peddling, hostility and attacks blurs the ability of the media to deliver timely, critical and credible information necessary to help the public make informed decisions and hold meaningful conversations. The Elephant in conversation with David Omwoyo, CEO of the Media Council of Kenya.
Over the last 20 years, the accuracy of early warning information has improved, at least for short-term predictions, but the main challenge has been reaching local communities.
Poor governance path dependence and a foundational culture of incoherence in government policy dooms Kenya to an endless conveyor belt of disappointing presidents and greedy power elites.
This government faces significant political risk in the middle of an economic crisis. Lucky governments are those that are able to avoid having both, at least concurrently. President Ruto's decisions as he tries to balance political deal-making versus economic risks are creating the impression of an overwhelmed regime and the public is getting agitated. How is this likely to play out in the short term? The Elephant's Joe Kobuthi speaks to economist and former Laikipia governor Nderitu Muriithi.
As nearly a dozen countries in the region prepare to hold presidential elections, the spread of disinformation is inflaming the continent's political landscape. Will facts prevail and calm the situation?
After the Arab Spring, the African left was left demoralized and disorganized. However, a recent book argues that the revolution continues in quotidian life.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent visit to Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia is a welcome step in the right direction in the US’s reengagement with Africa. However, the “more aid syndrome” is a disconcerting reminder of how the West has historically engaged with the continent.
Maid in Hell gives unprecedented access to this frightening and brutal form of modern slavery. Following employment agents who vividly describe the trade, as well as maids who struggle to find a way home after harrowing, and sometimes, deadly experiences, we come to understand the grotesque reality faced by thousands of women each day. In a conversation hosted by Alliance, we explore this.
Past mass action has advanced Kenya’s political development by challenging the impunity of the state but it remains to be seen if the demonstrations called by Azimio are a legitimate act of problem-solving agency or the latest extension of Kenya’s political samsara.