Cover Story:Pioneer Kenyan Cartoonists

Terry Hirst and Joe Magazine

Terry Hirst and Joe Magazine

Terry Hirst and Hilary Ng’weno founded Joe Magazine in 1973. They decided to start it because they were working joint...

Cover Story: Feminism

The Constitutional Erosion of the 2/3rds Gender Principle and the Rule of Law

The Constitutional Erosion of the 2/3rds Gender Principle and the Rule of Law

I remember well the pomp and celebration that accompanied the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The 27th of August 2010 marked a day that signified the turning of a new page, a new page to begin to rewrite...

Just Not Sorry

Just Not Sorry

I recently downloaded a browser extension called Just not sorry. It underlines in red, like a spell checker, words and phrases in my emails that are self-demeaning or qualifying. ‘I’m just writing to say…’ ‘I’m sorry…’ ‘I think…’ ‘I’m no...

Me too: speaking out for the first time in Gaza

Me too: speaking out for the first time in Gaza

Omnia, 20, was born and raised in United Arab Emirates and moved to Gaza on 2013. She is a fourth-year student at the Islamic University of Gaza, where she is majoring in English literature. She uses writing to express her...

Cover Story: SAMOSA FESTIVAL 2018

SAMOSA Festival 2018 - Beads of Hope

SAMOSA Festival 2018 - Beads of Hope

As 2017 came to an end and 2018 loomed a question loomed in front of us. Would it be possible for us to hold a SAMOSA Festival in 2018 at all? The political situation seemed so tense, people felt insecure as attacks on individuals and communities became a norm and no one could predict with any certainty as to what exactly would happen in Kenya. Being a Community festival meant that SAMOSA would be taking a certain amount of risk....

Launch of Joseph Murumbi – A Legacy of Integrity

Launch of Joseph Murumbi – A Legacy of Integrity

The launch of Joseph Murumbi – a Legacy of Integrity by Karen Rothmyer formed one of the highlights of SAMOSA Festival 8, especially as it involved a multiple of partners and settings in making it a success. To begin with the author flew to Nairobi from the United States especially for the launch; the ‘Performance Collective’ did a superb job in livening up all the events; a visit to the Murumbi and Pinto grave sites was included and the program...

Regular Columns

Jayaben Desai: A Legend

Jayaben Desai: A Legend

I remember the summer of 1976 well, as one of the hottest on record here in Britain, with day after day of scorching temperatures, relentless sunshine and water shortages....

Define ‘minority!’

Define ‘minority!’

Two developments of great historical moment were unfolding in October, 2017 whose repercussions were likely to remain unclear far beyond my looming, editorial deadline. For one, Kenya had had...

Special Feature

Poems

Footsteps

Remembering Tom Alter

Remembering Tom Alter

Padma Shri Tom Alter (Thomas Beach Alter), the outstanding Bollywood actor, passed away, in September 2017, after a long fight with cancer. For Hindi cinema fans, Alter left behind a void difficult ...

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Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.
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