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The cost of ‘fotomoto’, the most valuable thing today

The first time I did street photography I only managed to sell one; for Kes100, after a lot of coaxing and begging, but it felt so good to finally earn something from my skills. It was getting dark, and my batteries were about to die, but on the positive side, I had taken my best photos and I was happy with my job.  As I was making my way back to the CBD, just before the GPO roundabout happily squeezing the worn-out Kes100 note in my watch pocket, mean agents of the government came for it. “Simameni hapo nyinyi!” a man with blood-flecked eyes and a…

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Subsidy lessons from James Osogo, the last of Kenyatta-era cabinet ministers

The Abanyala are mourning the death of Orada, Sirinda Bukwe, Sikalausi James Nakhwanga Osogo (the Guardian of the South, the tempest of the lake), the last living Kenyatta-era minister, who died last week. In Kenya’s Capital, the Abanyala may not be distinguishable from the many sub groups that make up the Luhya community, but we often punch above our weight. Under Mr Osogo’s stewardship, streets in Nairobi took the names of our villages, including Hakati road in the Central Business District, Bunyala Road and Busia Road in Nairobi West, Rugunga Close in South C, John Osogo Road in Dandora, Wang’apala Road in Woodley, Ndekwe Road…

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