Random thoughts from dowry negotiations

Today I attended a wonderful ceremony – a Gikuyu traditional dowry negotiation. In this age, such things as dowry have been given bad connotations laced with greed, backwardness and a lack of regard for human life (particularly that of the woman). I would not feel qualified to debate these. The event I attended today was …

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Dreams of our sons & daughters, dare we imagine?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend half an hour with a 85 year old man who moved to Washington DC in August 1980 – the very month I was born. I had just finished a really heavy day at the World Bank conference so I headed to Georgetown, checked out …

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Long live the Diamond Queen, Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years of her reign of the United Kingdom and its 15 territories. I have no real idea how this affects me – certainly it has not direct bearing in my life that I can see, but I, like many Kenyans and Africans have a certain connection to the throne of …

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