Mathew Otieno

Mathew Otieno is a Kenyan writer who moonlights as a communications assistant at a university in Nairobi. As it happens, he is also studying for a Master’s degree in Applied Philosophy there. While an undergraduate student at another university, studying rocks and fossils, he found himself the unexpected recipient of the attention of the editors of MercatorNet, who wanted him to write articles about African issues. Since he had by then grown to admire the online magazine’s verve, he had no trouble accepting the proposal. Then he realised he had to be just as serious. And so he has lived the last few years trying to get his words in order.

Coronavirus reading: Lockdown is paradise for introverts
26 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: coronavirus, coronavirus reading, introverts
Now is a time when you can feel good about curling up with a book

Why has coronavirus largely spared Africa?
11 Mar 2020 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, COVID-19, epidemics
The continent was much better prepared than many thought

Decades after independence, France exerts control over African countries
27 Feb 2020 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: colonisation, France, Francophone Africa
Like a mother who won’t let her children do anything on their own

Urbanisation and the African extended family
28 Jan 2020 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, families
Will the extended family survive the onslaught of urbanisation?

Africa in 2019: regime change, a Peace Prize, cutting ties with the franc
20 Jan 2020 | HARAMBEE |  
Maintaining progress is very hard, but always possible

Christmas: a Kenyan story
9 Dec 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Catholicism, Christmas, tradition
A tale of family traditions and the inculturation of a Christian feast.

Could trade turn Africa into one country?
19 Jul 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: African unity, trade
The African Continental Free Trade Area takes up an old dream

Homosexual acts remain illegal in Kenya
11 Jun 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: homosexuality, Kenya
A high court ruling maintains that this is not discriminatory

‘The extinction of the dinosaurs’
1 May 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, democracy, dictators
Africa’s dictators are falling off their perches

Ethiopia is more than an occasional disaster site: it’s Africa’s China
28 Mar 2019 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Africa, air crashes, Ethiopia
It will have a big role to play in the global future

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