Monday, January 21, 2008

Nairobi Now

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has named Binyavanga Wainaina to its list of people around the world worth watching in 2008, along with U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, Fidel and Raul Castro, and other high-profile notables in the worlds of politics, business, the arts and athletics. The Kenyan-born Wainaina is the final year of a three-year term as (Schenectady NY) Union College's writer-in-residence. The honor from the newspaper capped a year of accolades and recognition for Wainaina.

As the United States paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with a holiday, citizens of the African Nation of Kenya are confronted with the same issues of poverty and racism the Civil Rights leader crusaded against during the 1960s--- This morning I spoke by phone with Bin, who is in Nairobi. We chatted about what was happening in Kenya. You can hear my radio news report with Bin here.

More on the Kenyan Crisis:

Eric Wakeling: Intense Email from Kenya, Islamanazi.com: Barack and Kenya: His Agenda, Kenyan Pundit: Anatomy of a rigging, Munene Kilongi: Calm has returned to the city centre of Nairobi VS. Kenya in Crisis Day 26: Fresh Violence, Ethan Zuckerman: Kenya: Mapping the Dark and the Light, Facebook members can visit "Kenya's Post-'Election' humanitarian crisis". White African notes that countries like Kenya, in times of crisis, aren’t necessarily closed for tourism. There are often many great, safe places to go on holiday.

Last February I interviewed Binyavanga Wainaina.
Interview I
Interview II
Related:
Kenya: Citizens Named Global Leaders
Kwani?
Kwani on the Net

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1 comment:

Deesha said...

Dave,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and posting the link to this interview.

Best to you,
~Deesha

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