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This Week in the Kenyan Blogosphere

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya

Alpha Rwath [1] blogs about meeting [2] Senator Barack Obama. This particular Senator from the state of Illinois [3] has an almost cult following in Kenya by virtue of his father having been born there. So popular is Senator Obama that a lager going by the brand name Senator has invariably been re-christened ‘Obama’ and is ordered by that very name!

Mutumia [4] is inspired by the example of wedded bliss given by her grandparents who have been married for some 75 years [5] and wonders about the traditional notions of romance in African culture.

The Mad Kenyan Woman [6] is acutely puzzled [7] as to the rationale behind an article in the local press [8] that defends the contribution of white authors to African literature, wondering why they need to be defended in the first place.

Bankelele [9] highlights the entry of  Pesa Point [10],a new player into the Automated Teller Machine field, that will introduce a network of independent ATMs, making it the second largest player. 

Kenyan Pundit [11] briefly returns to the US after moving to Kenya and is blogging on the PopTech conference in Camden Maine along with other young leaders of Africa, bloggers, politicians and activists. On the first day she realises that there are a FEW things she is missing living in Kenya.

“It’s left me floundering a bit as I try and find people who can relate to my “eclecticness” and who see it as a plus rather than a symptom of still not knowing what I want to do when I grow up. It’s one of the (few) things I miss about the U.S., the ability to reinvent yourself constantly and to explore the path less traveled without being (heavily) penalized”.