Kenya and the cage of nationalism

In Summary
  • Kenyans may rejoice when their country is referred to as politically stable and democratically mature.
  • But with only about 100 years of belonging within a recognised political border and with a previous history of having consisted of dozens of separate “nations”, can we really be sure of this?

I believe it is the celebrated political theorist, Mutahi Ngunyi, who first accustomed Kenyans to referring to their various ethnicities as “nations”.

Prior to that, we had long known them to ...

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