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Cover Story: Determining the Destiny of Kenya - Elections 2017

What is democracy and what is it for?

What is democracy and what is it for?

Demise of democracy. As we move rapidly towards the general elections, it important to reflect on the values of elections and democracy. Kenya became democratic at independence but Democracy did not ...

Much to worry about as Kenya goes into elections again

Much to worry about as Kenya goes into elections again

In December 2016, Mkenya Daima, an entity of Kenya’s private sector, convened a conference in Kwale to which they invited all the leading political actors in the country to sign a pledge that they wou...

Regular Column

Love, Justice and Elections

Love, Justice and Elections

`Loving` is the title of a 2016 American film about the real-life story of, yes, a Mr Mrs Loving, where the metaphor did match the reality. Love was indeed the driving force of their extraordinary struggle to gain recognition of their interracial marriage that took them all the way to the US Supre...

TRIBE number 44, please

TRIBE number 44, please

In mid-January this year, I came across an article in The Star, a local newspaper, with the following headline: Asians petition Uhuru to recognise them as Kenya’s 44th tribe. The article went on to reveal that a petition, signed by Hindus, Sunni and Shia Muslims, Sikhs and Goans had been sent to the...

Special Feature

Living Memories in our midst

Living Memories in our midst

THE SECOND WORLD WAR - REASONS AND LIFE AFTER. Tucked away in villages in various Kenyan counties are old men in their sunset years. Some are grandfathers and some are grand uncles who fought in the ...

Poems

Awaaz Magazine

New Book!

The In-Between World of Kenya’s Media

About Awaaz

Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

Supported [in part] by a grant

Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa of the Open Society Foundations

Friends of Awaaz

Yash and Jill Ghai, Mohez Karmali, Gijsbert Oonk, Vijoo Rattansi, Victoria Commercial Bank Charitable Trust, I& M Bank, Willy Mutunga, Chandaria Foundation, Asian Foundation

Footsteps

Sir Jayantilal Keshavji Chande (Andy) – 1928-2017

Sir Jayantilal Keshavji Chande (Andy) – 1928-2017

Sir Jayantilal Keshavji Chande, fondly referred to as ‘Andy’ and later ‘Sir Andy’ after ...

Wolfango Dourado – 1935-2017

Wolfango Dourado – 1935-2017

The sad news of Wolfango Dourado’s passing was received by the world that knew him with ...

AHMED KATHRADA - A great and gentle revolutionary, 1929-2017

AHMED KATHRADA - A great and gentle revolutionary, 1929-2017

Ahmed Mohamed ‘Kathy’ Kathrada was born on 21 August 1929 in the small rural town of Sch...

Volume 14, Issue 1

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