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Forgiveness and tears

Originally published in the Standard on Sunday The year was 2010. Kenya was charged. Its inhabitants were faced by a decision that would alter the course of an entire nation. They had to vote for a new constitution that promised to deliver them to Canaan. And as both sides of the campaign dug in...

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The changing face of dukawallas

Originally Published: May 31, 2009One September morning in 1939, hours before the Nazi invasion of Poland was relayed around the world via radio and telegraph, a first-generation South Asian father put years of hard work and planning to the test and moved his shop from Nairobi’s Ngara neighbourhoo...

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Secrets of a distinguished beerman

Originally Published: May 9 ,2009At six feet plus, Donald Macdonald, 85, is head and shoulders above most men who walk the streets of Nairobi. If his towering height does not strike you, his hair — grey, shortly cropped, and standing on end like bristles on a paintbrush — most probably will.But ...

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Face to face with ‘Mother-in-law’

Originally Published: march 21, 2009It is Thursday morning and the daily ritual of the hustle and bustle in the city is picking momentum. There are speeding cars to dodge on the road, potholes to avoid and burst sewers to navigate around as crowds push and shove to beat the traffic and be at work on...

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Singer Nkatha not deterred by sour notes

Originally Published: March 7, 2009By Optimistic. This is how 30-year-old Nkatha Gatuma describes herself. And the trait has proved useful in helping her achieve a dream she has held on to from childhood.Growing up in Tigania, Meru and Nairobi’s Westlands estate, she dreamt of being a singer, and ...

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An eye for the finer things in life

Originally Published: February 7, 2009The yellowing newspaper cuttings pasted on the walls of the apartment attest to the fact that the current occupant has lived there for the past 20 years.Though well-lit, the smell of paint clings to the air in the house on the fourth floor of the Norfolk Apartme...

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