David NGIRA & John HARRINGTON. Mambo! Vol. XVIII (5), 2021. The politics of access to vaccines against COVID-19 has been discussed in terms of vaccine nationalism and imperialism. However, the implication of the pandemic on the ability of African states to act internally and externally to protect the health of their citizens has been obscured. Here, we share research findings which address that question with a particular focus on Kenya.
Teddy DELAUNAY. Mambol Vol. XVIII (4), 2021. On-demand Ride-Hailing services (RHs) now play an increasing role within many cities around the world. RHs might increase traffic congestion, vehicle ownership and access inequalities. RHs pose significant challenges for policymakers, and addressing these issues requires detailed information about RHs use. This paper provides insights into who the users of RHs are, and their motivations for using RHs.
Antonin GASQUET. Mambo! Vol. XVIII (2), 2021. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenyan government developed a national narrative aimed to empower its population and give it the responsibilities the public authorities could not fully handle. Being a Kenyan, officials said, was about being resilient and innovative. This ideal-type of the resilient and responsible Kenyan was story-told broadly through an assertive media strategy that President Uhuru Kenyatta and other influential political figures put forward.
Sara van der HOEVEN. Mambo! Vol. XVIII (1), 2021. By mapping the circulation of firearms in northern Kenya, this paper aims to show the different ways armed conservation practices are more than a means to protect wildlife. Conservation is a means to achieve “peace and security,” too. Rangers fill the law enforcement vacuum that the government leaves open. Even though guns are but one element in conservation politics, following their circulation allows me to bring these different places and times into one analytical lens.
Patrick MUTAHI & Kate Jane WANJIRU. Mambo! Vol. XVII (6), 2020. This paper analyses how state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic shaped security and policing of residents living in Mathare informal settlements. Relatedly, it focuses on how these residents, facing a repressive police force, mobilised and coordinated responses that protected lives and livelihoods.
Fathima AZMIYA BADURDEEN. Mambo! Vol. XVII (4), 2020. Based on a qualitative methodology, this sociopolitical analysis looks into how national and county decision-making unfolded in Mombasa County, Kenya, during the COVID-19 epidemic. The article discusses the evidence-based decision-making and leadership on COVID-19 mitigating responses within a reactive, proactive and populist approach.
Antoine KAUFFER. Mambo! vol. XVII (3), 2020. By focusing on the Kenyan case studies of a news platform, The Elephant, and a blog, Bikozulu, this article studies the way in which information is treated or produced in the context of a public health crisis, in this instance the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to address the notion of alternative media, creativity and online audience, and more broadly access to different types of information in the contemporary period.
Vincent SIMA OLE. Mambo! vol. XVII (2), 2020. In Ngara, a busy area of Nairobi, the urban landscape is being dramatically transformed by the Kenyan state program to modernize Nairobi. This article explores the perception street vendors have of these changes and how they try to bypass or contest them. The analysis entails revisiting Kenya’s state governmentality at work in its local and daily making.
Dennis Ochieng OTIENO, Reuben M. MATHEKA & Dorothy NYAKWAKA, Mambo! vol. XVII (1), 2020. This article is about the rise and fall of Pan African Paper Mills, the paper factory that was central to the rapid development of Webuye town in the 1970s as well as to its decline in the 2010s. The development of Webuye was so rapid that it could not be compared to any other small towns in Western Kenya.
Yanis MOKRI. Mambo! Vol. XVI (9), 2019. Since the 1940s, the history of coastal Kenya relies essentially on monumental trading centres studies of the last millennium and a half. On the contrary, hinterlands of those remarkable cities were not subjects of research before the late 1970s.
Léa BENOIT. Mambo! XVI (8), 2019. Produit «futile» par excellence, quasi comestible, périssable, la rose est pourtant la fleur coupée la plus commercialisée au monde, indispensable aux événements de la vie et aux fêtes calendaires. Elle est ainsi au cœur d’enjeux de développement durable pour de nombreux pays, et tout particulièrement le Kenya.
Léa BENOIT. Mambo! XVI (8), 2019. Although it is a “futile” product by excellence, almost edible and perishable, rose is the most commercialized cut flower in the world, indispensable for life events and calendar festivals. It is at the heart of sustainable development challenges for many countries, especially Kenya.
Mary Achieng’ OBUDHO. Mambo! XVI (7), 2019. This paper focuses on mbaka, in Luo language, among motorbike riders in a West Kenyan village at the shores of Lake Victoria. Mbaka refers to verbal games, focusing particularly on women and sexuality.
Maëline LE LAY, “When Ngũgĩ Comes to Nairobi.” Mambo! Vol. XVI (5), 2019. On this hot Monday in February, the Nairobi National Theatre’s Main Auditorium was full. The eager and excited crowed had come to witness the launch of the latest book in Kikuyu by the great Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Kenda Muiyuru. Everyone was there.
Marie WOLFROM, “Willy Mutunga, a life long activist”, Mambo!, Vol. XVI, (1), 2019 PDF Version Here. Genesis of an Activist Willy Mutunga hails from a modest background. Born on June 16 1947 in Kilonzo,...