Mathew Otieno

Mathew Otieno is a student of Geology at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya, who decided some time back to indulge his passion for writing in trying to bring some sense into a world gone mad. Apart from checking out rocks and writing, he is interested in making videos and freelancing as a graphic designer. He blogs at

What happened to all the bad news from West Africa?
18 Apr 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, West Africa
A once-violent region has become a poster-child for democracy

Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister
5 Apr 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: democracy, Ethiopia, ethnic conflict
Protestors have been asking for more, but he is a good start.

The extremes of healthcare in Africa
1 Mar 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, healthcare
From one country to another, living and dying could not be more different.

Africa in 2017: two steps forward, one backward
16 Jan 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy
The democratic impulse persists, in spite of all setbacks.

Why is Diane Shima Rwigara in a Rwandan jail?
8 Nov 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, human rights, Rwanda
Perhaps the country is not the model of women's rights that it seems.

What the annulment of Kenya’s presidential election means for Africa
5 Sep 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, elections, Kenya
It is a lesson in independence for all judiciaries.

Emmanuel Macron was wrong on Africa - as were most of his critics
28 Jul 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: abortion, Africa, colonialism, demography, international aid, over-population
With 'defenders' like these, who needs enemies?

Is China colonising Africa?
8 Jun 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: africa, china, colonialism, development
That’s a rather patronising, post-colonial question.

Progress and failure in Africa: two steps forward, one step back
22 May 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
How the continent is faring after four months of 2017

The Grand Inga
24 Apr 2017 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Democratic Republic of Congo, democratic republic of congo, ecology, grand inga dam
The Congo River may soon have the largest power station on earth

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