Category Archives for East Africa

Kenya’s Election Results Annulled: Progress or Setback?

Much to everyone’s surprise the Kenyan Supreme court ruled in a 4-2 decision to annul the August 2017 elections where Uhuru Kenyatta had emerged as the winner. The discrepancies began when Mr. Chris

Continue reading

Politics Across Africa August 2017

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner in the 2017 election. Raila Odinga his opponent has reported voter irregularities and small bouts of violence have broken out. Kenyans should defend

Continue reading

Early History of Madagascar: The Island of Africa

Madagascar is the name given to the the island by colonialists when they invaded. Madagasikara is the name that the locals use for their country. Africans have always inhabited the island of Madagascar.

Continue reading

Battle of Adwa 1896: Ethiopian Military Victory & Defeat of Italy

On March 1, 1896, the Ethiopian army under the leadership of one of Africa’s illustrious war time heroes, chief strategists Emperor Menilek II dealt Italy a decisive defeat.  Italy’s crushing defeat

Continue reading

Magufuli’s New Economic Strategy – Taxation and Manufacturing

President Magufuli’s new strategy for Tanzania is reform of the tax system and promoting manufacturing, both of which have been proven as effective strategies in this century. Magufuli who is the

Continue reading

The Christian Kingdom in Ethiopia 800- 1270 A.D

In 800 A.D., the capital of Ethiopia was moved from Aksum to the central highlands. From about 1000 A.D., Ethiopia exported gold and ivory to Egypt but remained a largely agriculturally based economy.

Continue reading

Ujamaa in Tanzania (1971- 1990s)

In 1971, President Nyerere issued Mwongozo (new leadership guidelines) that refocused the party and the government towards socialist principles. This included changes to the education system. Primary education

Continue reading

Laikipia: The Relics of Colonialism & Land Issues in Kenya

Kenya’s region around Laikipia has become a battleground between ranchers and pastoralists. Western media outlets have made the argument about animals and ranchers but there is more that needs to be

Continue reading

Tanganyika in the 1930s: The Economy & African Resistance

During the 1930s, Tanganyika also felt the effects of the Great Depression. The prices of the main export crops, sisal and coffee dropped between 1930 and 1931 even as farmers were producing more. Sisal

Continue reading

The Migration of Nilotes To Kenya

The Highland Nilotes Before the Nilotes moved to western Kenya, they lived in southwestern area of Ethiopia. The Nilotes occupied portions of what is now Kenya while another group, the Tatoga settled in

Continue reading

The Kingdoms of the Nkore and Toro in Uganda

Kingdom of the Nkore In the early 18th century, the Bunyoro invaded the Kingdom of Nkore and the mugabe, Ntare IV was forced to flee but eventually won back control of their territory. This invasion forced

Continue reading

21st Century Colonialism: The New Scramble for Africa 3.0

During the last scramble for Africa in 1884, European powers met in Berlin to discuss the rules of invading and taking over territory in Africa. There were no Africans invited to the table. In 1947, the

Continue reading

The Moi Presidency in Kenya (1979-1992)

Domestic Policy President Daniel Arap Moi was elected unopposed in 1979 with Mwai Kibaki as his Vice President and Minister of Finance. Domestically, Moi was quickly confronted with domestic problems such

Continue reading

The Arusha Declaration in Tanzania (1967)

Between 1960 and 1968, Tanzania’s economic growth rate averaged about four percent, however, the majority of the rural population did not benefit from that growth. President Nyerere became concerned

Continue reading

African Innovation: Black Owned MOOVN to Conquer Ridesharing

Most ridesharing users are familiar with Uber and Lyft but there is a new ridesharing app called Moovn available in North America and Africa. It is an application that enables you to book an exclusive

Continue reading

Obote’s Rise & Fall in Uganda (1962-1971)

When Uganda became independent in 1962, the government was comprised of a coalition between Prime Minister Milton Obote’s UPC (Uganda People’s Congress) and KY (Kabaka Yekka) who were mostly kabaka

Continue reading

The Political History of Kenya’s KANU, KADU & KDP in the 1960s

After Independence, Kenya retained the British system of administration that had been used during colonialism. Many members of KADU (Kenya African Democratic Union) joined the ruling KANU (Kenya African

Continue reading

Economic Cooperation in East Africa After Independence (1961-1983)

Economic cooperation between countries in East Africa began with a customs union between Kenya and Uganda in 1917, which the then Tanganyika joined in 1927. This was followed by the East African High Commission

Continue reading

Land Issues & The Agricultural Economy in Kenya After 1945

During World War II and even the decade following the war, prices of agricultural produce increased and Kenyan settler farmers benefited from the increased prosperity. This period encouraged more settler

Continue reading

Disease and Depopulation of Africans during Colonialism

Towards the end of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century, and as more and more countries were colonized Africans experienced an increase in famine and disease. Prior to colonialism, many

Continue reading