All posts by blackorwa

Nerdistic Intents with Delusions of Grandeur

Emerging Dialects Among Kenyans on Twitter

New ways Kenyans on Twitter are communicating Advertisements

How People Cheat

Analysis of how participants in an international innovation competition attempted to cheat their way to the prize money.

A Working Paper on Kenya’s E-Commerce Sector

The Kenyan e-commerce sector has been a death bed for many startups – both large and small companies have failed in a bid to launch viable online businesses. Google’s Getting Kenyan Businesses Online failed to gain traction, Mocality (an online business directory)lacked a sustainable revenue stream and had to shutdown, Sahara books didn’t have enough ...

Finding The Origin of Kavirondo

In the Beginning During the colonial period, the Luhya and Luo tribes of Kenya were collectively referred as The Kavirondo. The name withstood time and even had an independence movement name (Young Kavirondo Association). If you ask the general public in Kenya the meaning of the word Kavirondo, the common answer would be the Kiswahili ...

The Problem at Sachangwan-Salgaa

There is a 20 km stretch of road along the A104 highway between Sachangwan and Salgaa in Nakuru County that has gained a reputation as the habitation ground of grisly road accidents. The commonplace blame is on a steep unwinding section of the road that currently hosts a black stop signage to caution drivers. Other ...

The Kenyan Hansard Analytics

The political dust has settled in Kenya, the legislative wing of the government is now on full throttle with the re-introduction of the ICT Practitioners Bill and the Presidential ascent of the new Marriage bill permitting polygamy. These debates have intrigued Bobbie Macdonald – a comparative politics PhD student from Stanford currently residing in Kenya. ...

Kenya Supermarket Report

What would you learn if you collected discarded supermarket receipts from Nairobi shoppers? That’s what Emmanuel Kens, Anthony Otieno, and I decided to find out. We got a bunch of street kids and paid them to collect the receipts on our behalf. A few months later we had 1,465 receipts enough for a sample size ...