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.

Obama, Trump, Macron: rich-world politics and Africa
22 Oct 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, Macron, Obama, population control, Trump
By ignoring most of the continent Trump does Africans a favour.

Is Paul Kagame loosening his grip on Rwanda’s political space?
11 Oct 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: democracy, Rwanda, women in politics
Releasing political prisoners might be spectacular, but he needs to do more.

Closing down Africa’s Internet
27 Aug 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, free speech, internet, social media
How governments are limiting the space for free speech online.

How Ebola was defeated in the Congo
16 Jul 2018 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, Ebola, healthcare
The response to a recent outbreak has lessons for the whole DRC health system

Why is Theresa May apologising for Africa’s anti-gay laws?
16 May 2018 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: anti-gay laws in Africa, colonialism, Kenya, Theresa May
White paternalism is still at work

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.

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