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October 25, 2019

Kenyan Theologian Who Elevated African Religion Passes Away

The Kenyan John Mbiti, an Anglican priest, theologian, and academic, died on October 5 at the age of eighty-seven. He led the reappraisal of traditional African religions that sees them as equal to other world religions. He argued that traditional African religions were specifically congruent with Christianity, and that Christianity was more than Europe.

The Ecumenical Centre and Church is pictured on November 21, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

January 30, 2018

Raila Odinga Sworn in as Kenya’s “People’s President”

As he has long said he would do, Raila Odinga had himself sworn-in as the “people’s president” at noon on January 30 in the presence of thousands of supporters in Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.


November 3, 2017

What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

July 25, 2017

Polls Tighten in Run-Up to Kenya's Presidential Election

Kenya’s elections are scheduled to be held on August 8, exactly two weeks from today, and the race between the two leading presidential candidates is tightening. According to opinion polls, oppositio…


June 23, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Massive Ivory Shipment Seized in South Sudan

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Last week, authorities at Juba International Airport seized nearly a ton and a ha…

Ivory Seizure S Sudan

December 1, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Pope Offers ‘Home Truths’ About African Elites

In November during a Nairobi, Kenya slum visit, Pope Francis used plain language to express home truths about African elites. According to UK media the Pope ascribed the “injustices” suffered by the …

Pope Francis

December 30, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Tracking the Traffickers: Stopping the Wildlife Trade at its Source

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. On December 8, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, announced the creation of t…

Ivory Transport

February 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Polls Show Kenya Presidential Contest in Dead Heat

Kenya goes to the polls on March 4 with Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga the only credible presidential candidates. The Ipsos Synovate poll shows that Kenyatta is ahead with 44.8 percent of the vote t…

THIKA, Kenya A policeman controls supporters of Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga, presidential candidate of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), during Odinga's campaign rally in Thika town, 40 km (25 miles) from Nairobi, February 26, 2013.

February 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Civil Servants Unpaid, Journalists Threatened, Boko Haram and MEND Bombing

Over the past week there have been curious Nigerian developments. The government has been unable to pay its civil servants and is now a month in arrears. The explanation has been that the Nigeria Nat…

Farm produce are seen with burnt patches after a blast at Gomboru local market on Monday, in Nigeria's northern city Maiduguri February 7, 2012.

February 28, 2013

The World Next Week: Kenyans Vote, Italy Awaits a Government, and the Sixtieth Anniversary of Stalin’s Death Is Marked

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Kenyan elections, the scramble to assemble a new government in Italy, and the sixtieth anniversary of Stalin’s death. [audio: http://ww…

Eight Kenyan presidential candidates participate in the second presidential debate at Brookhouse School in Nairobi (Joan Pereruan/Nation Media Group/Courtesy Reuters).