Otieno, Mathew
22 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Mathew Otieno writes from Nairobi, Kenya.


There's plenty of land. Why can't Africa feed itself?

The answer is simple: lack of capital and lack of education.

Date posted: 2023-03-08

The stomach-churning horror of Nigeria's forced abortions: Reuters report

Journalists claim that the military forced 10,000 women to abort the children of Boko Haram terrorists.

Date posted: 2022-12-14

Africa is already decolonised

Kenya can see the good side of its colonial legacy. Why can't the West?

Date posted: 2022-10-28

The West is letting Africa slide into China's orbit. It doesn't have to

A combination of arrogance and indifference is proving fatal to Western interests

Date posted: 2022-09-13

Making sense of Christian persecution in Nigeria

Government incompetence is no match for religious fanaticism.

Date posted: 2022-08-01

Biafra's gut-wrenching argument for respecting colonial boundaries

The appalling human cost of the Nigerian Civil War foreshadowed the conflict in Ukraine.

Date posted: 2022-08-01

The Monkeypox pix reveal Western media's double standards

Africans are outraged by coverage of an outbreak of an exotic disease.

Date posted: 2022-06-22

Explainer: Rwanda's migrant deal with the UK

Another opportunity for virtue-signalling by people who have failed to deliver solutions.

Date posted: 2022-06-06

Hello world, Omicron hasn't made Africa more dangerous!

Early last week, South African scientists announced their discovery of a dramatically mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. By the end of the week, the World Health Organization had designated it as a variant of concern and christened it Omicron, the latest stop on the virus's march through the Greek alphabet.

Date posted: 2021-12-12

All those do-gooders in Glasgow are ignoring Africans like me

COP 26 is a cop-out for the half a billion Africans who have no electricity.

Date posted: 2021-11-22

It's arid, isolated and African, but Chad deserves a democratic government

Why has France supported an unconstitutional coup?

Date posted: 2021-06-04

Is Kenya's biggest abortion provider trying to gag critics?

Marie Stopes Kenya is suing a leading pro-life campaigner for defamation.

Date posted: 2021-06-04

Entering the age of Trans Amazons

Before April 2018, few people outside Ethiopia had heard about Abiy Ahmed. Then he became the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, removed most of the political restrictions that had weighed down Ethiopians for years, brought a lingering war with Eritrea to a peaceful end, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and led his countrymen in planting a record 350 million tree seedlings in one day.

Date posted: 2021-03-09

Washing hands in the slums

Combating the coronavirus outbreak calls for humble innovations.

Date posted: 2020-04-15

Why has coronavirus largely spared Africa?

When it became clear that the novel coronavirus coming out of China was destined to be a pandemic, international concern quickly zeroed in on how countries with weak health systems, most of which are in Africa, would be affected. It was feared that they would be quickly overwhelmed by the virus and left reeling.

Date posted: 2020-03-20

Homosexual acts remain illegal in Kenya

A three-judge bench at the Kenyan High Court in Nairobi recently upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalise homosexual intercourse. A suit to repeal these parts had been brought to the court by a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups, which claimed that they contravened the Constitution's provisions on privacy and freedom from discrimination.

Date posted: 2019-06-15

Nairobi attack: nothing brings out the best in Kenyans like this kind of cruelty

We are a quarrelsome lot, but we know how to rise above it.

Date posted: 2019-01-19

It's time to kick an abortion giant out of Kenya

Marie Stopes International has been called to account, but decisive action should follow.

Date posted: 2018-12-26

Africa is topping the right lists

The continent ranks ahead of the world in some good things too. It has been a long time coming, but more and more African countries and cities are starting to feature prominently on worldwide rankings, and for good reasons.

Date posted: 2017-04-01

The Netherlands wants to fund abortions in Africa

The Dutch went ahead with their conference on "reproductive and sexual health" and raised $250 million for abortions in Africa, which nobody needs. If ever there was a list of grossly misplaced priorities, I would be greatly puzzled if this case didn't make the top of it.

Date posted: 2017-03-21

In Kenya and America, absent dads linked with crime

There is a Kenyan joke that goes somewhat like this: Police in Kiambu, Kenya, were overwhelmed by the amount of crime in the county. So they outsourced a machine from the Germans to help them apprehend thieves. It didn't help. The machine itself was stolen. In Kenya the problem has a tribal aspect too.

Date posted: 2016-08-02

Africa needs to invest in its youth, not prevent their being born

Much has been written about the growing population of Africa and its youthfulness. According to the UN's latest projections, Africa will have 4.4 billion people by 2100, accounting for 39 percent of the world's population and almost half of its young people below 14.

Date posted: 2016-03-20