So Kenya stands on the brink of catastrophe. Ethnic tensions have been laid bare in a month of post-election violence. Kalenjin and Kikuyu gangs are intent on taking lumps out of each other. Slums have been razed and hundreds of thousands of people sent fleeing. “Violence continues, threatening to escalate to catastrophic levels,” is how … More Laugh or Cry?
The second sighting of the Garibaldi Red during Kibera’s troubles came down at the railway as Luos and Luyhas gathered to take on a gang of Kikuyus. It looks to me like the shirt from the early 90s, shortly before relegation. Derek told me he was an Arsenal supporter and wondered whether there was … More Nottingham Forest in Kenya II
So the BBC has gone the way of The New York Times in avoiding references to tribalism. Auntie’s euphemism of choice is “inter-communal violence”. The tribalism deniers should talk to John Oduri, a Luo. I met him in Naivasha yesterday. He had been with his brother when a mob of Kikuyus arrived at the door … More Naivasha: Killed for Not Being Circumcised
It’s been a busy week backwards and forwards into the Great Rift Valley. The road climbs out of Nairobi until the plateau opens out on the left hand side and then swoops down towards the lakeside town of Naivasha. In places zebra grazed at the edge of the Tarmac. And all the way we passed cattle trucks … More My Safari Soundtrack III
I never understand footballers. Rugby was my game. After kicking seven bells out of each other we would give the opposition three cheers at the end, shake hands and then go to the bar and drink until we couldn’t stand up. Footballers seem to touch fingers while looking anywhere but at each other, and get … More A Rant
The entry has been changed, but for a while there on Tuesday my story on The Times website was bylined Adam Crilly. Presumably an editing slip confused my name with that of the British High Commissioner, Adam Wood. It’s not the first time the subs have messed up my byline. For some reason when I … More They Don’t Seem to Know Me From Adam
The death of Heath Ledger, and Meskel Square’s marathon debate about homosexuality in Africa, remind me of the time a friend went to hire the DVD of Brokeback Mountain, I think from a store in Hurlingham here in Nairobi. Shop Assistant: Are you sure that’s what you want? Friend: Yes Shop Assistant: Do you know what it’s … More Disgusted of Hurlingham
I’ll overlook the poor use of an apostrophe.
Andrew Heavens at Meskel Square has tagged me in the growing my week/month in media meme (btw I’m not entirely sure I understand the difference between a meme and an idea. And that’s only one of my problems with Richard Dawkins. But anyway.) Here it is: What I’ve read My normal day starts with a double … More My Week in Media
So Adam Wood, British High Commissioner to Kenya, was called in by the country’s foreign minister, Amos Wetangula, for clarification on Britain’s attitude to President Mwai Kibaki today. Or at least that’s how British Foreign Office staff characterised the meeting. I’m not quite sure there was any need for clarification. Here’s what Meg Munn, Foreign Office … More Clear as Crystal, Polished and Viewed Through X-Ray Specs