On Donald Trump, Africa and Corruption

I have always been a big fan of Donald Trump, mostly because I like determined business people but also because I love disruptors, especially confident ones. I would always prefer to speak to a person who has an opinion that is different to mine rather than no opinion at all. But Trump’s love of controversy …

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Quantity Too Often Outweighs Quality in Africa’s Education Push

The U.N. Millennium Development Goals have a strong focus on ensuring that by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. As we approach deadline it appears that the global target for achieving Universal Primary education may not be achieved, but nevertheless, there has been significant progress in many …

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In Eastern Congo, The Little Island That Could

In the middle of a lake in the Eastern Democratic Republic, one of the most violent regions on earth, sits a tiny but mighty island called Idjwi. Here, my people have not only lived peacefully, isolated from the bloodshed surrounding them, but are also building a model healthcare system. The Eastern DRC has been ravaged …

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In Africa, Delaying Motherhood Can Mean Escape from Poverty

I come from the slums of Nairobi, where delaying motherhood is not always a choice. I was lucky to have this option, and choosing to hold off on becoming a mother was my way of stepping out of poverty and getting an education. The question of when to have children is a luxury in much …

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