Author: Edwin Okong'o

Kenya is not a family dynasty 

So, I’m listening to BBC World Service this morning, right? I hear a story about the good people of Togo protesting to reinstate presidential term limits. I’m fascinated because I’m tired of BBC overly focusing on the English-speaking countries of Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and sometimes Ghana. I’m even more excited because, back in my

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Author: Edwin Okong'o

Author: Edwin Okong'o

Author: Edwin Okong'o

Author: Edwin Okong'o

The day I became a man

In my culture, the circumcision ritual marks the passage from childhood to manhood. When I turned ten, I had to face the knife. We lay face down on the grass, two ten-year-old boys, completely naked, outside my uncle’s saiga, a hut where young Gusii men live until marriage. The cold from the mid-December dew cut

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Author: Edwin Okong'o

African men can claim credit, but it’s women who made us successful

Self Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from my memoirs, which I have modified for International Women’s Day. Please let me know what you think, and share it with your networks. It’s a sunny morning in mid May, and relatives have gathered for a small commencement ceremony in the courtyard of a wooden building at

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