Mathew Otieno

Mathew Otieno is a Kenyan writer who moonlights as a communications assistant at a university in Nairobi. As it happens, he is also studying for a Master’s degree in Applied Philosophy there. While an undergraduate student at another university, studying rocks and fossils, he found himself the unexpected recipient of the attention of the editors of MercatorNet, who wanted him to write articles about African issues. Since he had by then grown to admire the online magazine’s verve, he had no trouble accepting the proposal. Then he realised he had to be just as serious. And so he has lived the last few years trying to get his words in order.



Could trade turn Africa into one country?
19 Jul 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: African unity, trade
The African Continental Free Trade Area takes up an old dream


Homosexual acts remain illegal in Kenya
11 Jun 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: homosexuality, Kenya
A high court ruling maintains that this is not discriminatory


‘The extinction of the dinosaurs’
1 May 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, dictators
Africa’s dictators are falling off their perches


Ethiopia is more than an occasional disaster site: it’s Africa’s China
28 Mar 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, air crashes, Ethiopia
It will have a big role to play in the global future


Bringing financial services to Africa’s unbanked masses
14 Mar 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, banking, fintech, mobile phones
African solutions to African problems


The DRC’s unexpected president has his work cut out for him
12 Feb 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: African politics, DRC, elections
Felix Tshisekedi is a compromise winner


Nairobi attack: nothing brings out the best in Kenyans like this kind of cruelty
18 Jan 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Al-Shabab, Kenya, Somalia, terrorism
We are a quarrelsome lot, but we know how to rise above it.


Africa in 2018: a year of hope
14 Jan 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: abortion, Africa, censorship, corruption, democracy
Things got better in many countries, but only just.


It’s time to kick an abortion giant out of Kenya
10 Dec 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: abortion, Africa, Marie Stopes International, population control
Marie Stopes International has been called to account, but decisive action should follow.


Congo must go to the polls with hope
29 Nov 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, Democratic Republic of Congo
The world’s most blighted nation can learn from its neighbour, Angola


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