Straight Talk Africa

Kenya Election Update: What Next for Kenyans?

In the aftermath of two disputed presidential elections, Kenya remains on edge. Last week, the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, received over 98% of the vote in the repeat election and expressed his eagerness to restore stability and move the country forward. Yet the electoral process has been criticized, boycotted and faces legal challenges. Meanwhile, the opposition candidate has called for …

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What Educational Reforms May Mean for Kenyan Students?

Children across Kenya are preparing for the possibility that starting next year school might look very different. The Ministry of Education has plans for significant reforms including restructuring the entire educational system and the implementation of new curricula. Kenya currently has an 8-4-4- system of education, which is similar in some ways to the US system and includes 8 years …

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A Test for Democracy: Dramatic Uncertainty in Kenya’s Elections

In Kenya, the past few months have been full of headlines and dramatic uncertainty surrounding leadership and the nation’s presidential election. The Supreme Court’s monumental decision to annul the presidential results over “irregularities and illegalities” has been followed with a boycott of parliamentary proceedings, calls for reform, and hotly debated preparations for a re-run. With the recent withdrawal of the …

Tea and Talk: Discussions on Marriage and Family Life

The night before my wedding, I was running up and about my parents house trying to get things ready for the next day, I was also hot on my mom’s heels trying to get her away from more than 30, yes you read right , relatives who had camped at our house for the night. I wasn’t going to let …

When Wow is the only Reaction

Every time I go out on a mission trip I never know what to really expect, I always ask for journey mercies, security and good meetings amongst many things but I never quite ask to be wowed! Wowed is the only description I can give to the feeling of awe I felt in our recent trip to Kenya. It feels …

Looking Back on Ten Years

We are grateful to God for the opportunity He has given us to be part of his workmanship. We’ve been inspired by the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He spent a lot of time teaching His disciples and equipping them to go out and spread the good news of our salvation. For the past 10 years we feel that …

A Visit to State House

Yesterday, forty students from Akiba School spent an afternoon with Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, at the presidential home. The Pupil’s Reward Scheme (PURES) was formed by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to “motivate pupils to work hard in their studies and instill in them a sense of discipline, direction and patriotism.” The PURES program aims to encourage and motivate …