Nanjala Nyabola explores the extent to which social media is causing citizens to adjust but acknowledges power is adjusting too. She reflects on the fact that it's now clear that social media companies do not understand the very society they purport to connect and yet we now have a Generation Z whose online and offline lives seamlessly fold into each other with contradictory results we are only beginning to appreciate.
Nanjala Nyabola explores the friction between who Kenya is and who Kenya wants to be; how digital overpromises in life and how it has proved a powerful intensifier for an entire demographic of Kenyans. The consequences touch on every facet of our lives including our politics.
Prof. Makau Mutua explores the import of the BBI recently launched report and the possibility of realignments that could surprise Kenyans as the elite works to manage the Kenyatta Succession.
Prof. Makau Mutua reflects on recent political developments in the USA and the massive democratic tests the country is facing. He offers a perspective on America's unique capacity for political self-correction but also a dark history with regard to the matter of race that haunts the country and has been dramatically apparent during the tenure of President Donald Trump and will not be resolved in a hurry.
A conversation exploring the different dimensions and nuances of Pan Africanism. Dr Mshai Mwangola moderates this panel comprising of Zukiswa Wanner, Brian Kagoro and Godwin Murunga.
Brian Kagoro provides a broad historical and conceptual overview of Pan Africanism
In the past, civil society actively promoted democratic ideals to nurture healthy habits to reform the Kenyan state. Today, the terrain of civil struggle has radically been transformed by global and local forces shaking the grounds of traditional civil action. But has this shift signalled the end of civil society or a transition to a new type of civil society? The Elephant speaks to Wambua Kawive, a civil society leader and writer.
The ‘Hustler Nation’ narrative has gained traction and there seems to be some silent unanimity that it is a big movement and Kenyans are buying into it because the hustler narrative suggests that poverty is a result of elite accumulation and exclusion of the hoi polloi. The Elephant speaks to economist and writer, Darius Okolla.
The year 2020 will mark a milestone moment for accelerating the implementation of global commitments to gender equality. It will be the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of its landmark outcome, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing Platform for Action), a visionary agenda that set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or private. FEMNET was chosen to lead the action coalition on Economic Justice and Rights. This episode, Crystal Simeoni, Director at Nawi: Afrifem Macroeconomics...
The Supreme Court's edict to President Kenyatta on the 2/3rds gender rule was the only legal way to go argues Prof. Makau Mutua. However, while the President of the Supreme Court is a jurist, he argues, the Chief Justice is a quasi-politician advancing the spirit of the constitution in a fluid political context. The judiciary isn't equipped to resolve Kenya's political problems.