Kenyan currently living in London, Britain. Mother of three children and keeper of two cats. Studying international politics at uni and a writer diametrically opposed to Fukuyama’s “End of History” analysis.


9 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Sara January 6, 2008 at 12:15 pm


    Sara Nics from 8 Months in Kenya here.

    I just read your post about the London Demo. As Kenyans take a day of rest from all this turmoil, I’m working on a story that looks at the bigger picture.

    May I, with photo credit of course, use a couple of the photos from the demo?

    I will be in London from Ja 17, if you want to grab a cup of tea.



  2. 2 athenaeum January 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Please feel free to use the pics. Good work by the way.

  3. 3 athenaeum January 6, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Oh and the cup of tea sounds like a good idea.

  4. 4 athenaeum January 8, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Back. I had three pieces of coursework to hand into uni yesterday and spent Sunday and Monday working at a furious pace to complete all assignments by 4.00 p.m. and so was unable to post any blogs. With all the events taking place in Kenya I was unable to focus my attention on this work but as the deadline approached I literally had to tear myself away and get on with it.

  5. 5 athenaeum January 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Apologies for not updating earlier, it is not that I have taken my eye of Kenya but I have had an assignment to complete and hand into uni tomorrow, which I have just completed (hooray) all except for the bibliography. I was expected to compare, contrast and critically evaluate two theories of revolution.

    Weeks ago I had settled on Charles Tilly’s Resource Mobilization Theory and Theda Skocpol’s statist conception of revolution. While the situation in Kenya descended into anarchy I was also expected to hand in a portfolio of work which half completed, I expected to finish in the first week of January.

    There was no way I could focus on my assignments as I was unable to tear myself away from the news until two days before the deadline, sometimes naked but for a towel, I churned out close to 6 thousand words while smoking like a trooper.

    The children were left to their own devices, mainly the X box in the case of my son (whom I have barely conversed with today) and my daughters who have had to intrude my personal space to be noticed, either through blocking my line of vision to the pc monitor or creating such a cacophony it shatters the bubble I have created around myself in the kitchen where I now have a pc to work on “undisturbed.” Not good. But it’s over! Finally!

    So now I have completed the assignment which was so relevant to events unfolding in Kenya. I have been emotionally and psychically gutted by what is happening in Kenya as I have friends and family there, but because of this assignment I have also been forced to put on a social scientist’s cap and analyze what is happening. I think Tilly’s Resource Mobilization Theory is a very good tool for mapping out what is presently unfolding but at some later stage I will return to this subject.

  6. 6 Dipesh Pabari February 1, 2008 at 4:15 am

    HI, this is a really great blog. I was wondering if you would not mind putting a link to my blog which is used primarily for fundraising for victims in Kisumu:
    Let me know.

  7. 7 Andrius Kulikauskas February 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you for noting our Pyramid of Peace and Rachel Wambui Kungu’s outstanding leadership! She will organize a Peace Caravan

  8. 8 Alan Harmony February 12, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Simiyu,
    We are a peace based organization, so we have an interest in anything you might see that could ease ethnic or tribal tensions, short term or long term. (We think mixed marriages and education are the only way to go in the long term, but we’d like to hear from you on that too. In addition to that we think making it easier for people to choose a neutral name might help.)

    We’d also like to create a proposal on the newly formed to create a social challenge as one of their future challenges to help the problem. (It might look like a lot of smaller prizes to people who with a little encouragement choose a mixed marriage.)

    In any event we’d like to hear from you.

  9. 9 jj May 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    with respect to ongoing and developing situations in Africa I can’t help but think of Rwanda and the machinations of foreign outside actors. See UN’s Louise Arbour under fire over Rwanda:

    Good blog and thanks!


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