Kenya can move away from the politics of ethnicity

Daisy Maritim-Maina, SMC University In 1992 Kenya held its first multi-party election in 26 years. Since this re-introduction of multipartism, the “politics of tribe” has been blamed for the country’s political tribulations. This has led to a system under which leaders channel government resources to their ethnic supporters to ensure their political survival. In turn, …

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Reclaiming the hidden history of Afrikaans

Hein Willemse, University of Pretoria The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 29 March 2015

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya’s Nubians, by Samantha Balaton-Chrimes Release Date: March 28, 2015 Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company As an ethnic minority the Nubians of Kenya are struggling for equal citizenship by asserting themselves as indigenous and autochthonous to Kibera, one of Nairobi’s most notorious slums. Having settled there after …

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