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Posts Tagged ‘James Ouma’

The State of Free Primary Education in Kenya

By James Ouma It is 9 am. The shrill sound of a woman arguing with her husband blares from the twin-speakers of a small transistor radio as 14 year-old Blessing Adote prepares for this year’s KCPE. Blessing and his younger siblings live with his family in their single-iron-roomed house in Congo, Kawangware.

Kenyan gospel music: Why Papa Fololo is a Fraud

  By James Ouma Something happened during the last visit by Strathmore University that has compelled the ‘Father’ in me to share about the music that our children and young people listen, sing and dance to. Though we use a lot of music and dance in our mentorship programme there are songs that are becoming a no-go […]

The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz: A Review

Review By James Ouma The Blue Sweater is an inspiring true story based on Jacqueline Novogratz who quit a promising career in international banking at Chase Manhattan to help bridge the gap between the rich and poor. It all begun with a blue sweater which she owned and loved while growing up. As she became […]

A Freed Juvenile Prisoner’s To-Do List

  By James Ouma A freed juvenile prisoner’s to-do list depends on the response and reaction he gets from those closest to him, such as his mother, father, siblings and the surrounding community.

Fiction: A Grain of Happiness

  By James Ouma On a cold lonesome evening in September, a call from my widowed mother changed everything I had believed in. Having lost my dad when I was young I grew up thinking no one really cared about me.