Too Late for Worms

Too Late for Worms

10 March 2017 » Too Late for Worms

On 6th March 2017, the world's most famous mobile money transfer service turned 10. In this first instalment, we look at the wars it had to fight to survive, and the two transactions that saved it. The post The Age of MPESA appeared first on Owaahh.

08 March 2017 » Too Late for Worms

A chicken, two stolen Mercedes, a fist fight, a mistranslation, an argument, a crate of beer, and green ink. The post 7 Absurd Stories from Kenyan History appeared first on Owaahh.

06 March 2017 » Too Late for Worms

To even the scales, a third of all government tenders were limited to disadvantaged groups. But access to them has not eased, as a recent study called #Jipeshughuli by The Institute of Social Accountability found out. The post Who Is Receiving the 30 percent Tenders for Disadvantaged Groups? appeared first on Owaahh.

06 March 2017 » Too Late for Worms

A recent study by The Institute of Social Accountability found that the major issues with Kenya's Youth Fund are accessibility and accountability. The post Why Aren’t Kenya’s Affirmative Action Funds Working? appeared first on Owaahh.

22 February 2017 » Too Late for Worms

When I ask John about the legacy of the 40-year-old band, he is at first hesitant. It hits me midway through his answer that to him, music is still an incomplete journey, perhaps too soon to even consider talking about legacy. The post The Rebirth of Them Mushrooms appeared first on Owaahh.

20 February 2017 » Too Late for Worms

In July 1892, a small fight between two families in Kiambu over bride price dragged in more players, and quickly became bloody. The post A Bride Price Worth Dying For appeared first on Owaahh.

16 February 2017 » Too Late for Worms

How did a group of Kamba soldiers find their way to the heart of South America? In 1820, Uruguayan General Jose Gervasio Artigas fled his country and sought refuge in Paraguay. With him was a regiment of freed slaves known as the Kamba. Located in the heart of South America, landlocked Paraguay was then under […] The post The Kamba of Paraguay appeared first on Owaahh.

08 February 2017 » Too Late for Worms

I think about weird things on evenings like these. On this one I thought about a lake, a massive lake. At some point in history, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmentaita were a single lake. The post Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp appeared first on Owaahh.

31 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

If your uncle worked at Kenol Ruaraka in 1975, you might want to ask him if he was featured in an Italian porn film. The post Seeing Vintage Nairobi through a 1970s Porn Film appeared first on Owaahh.

27 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

"The only true curse of old age," he said while telling no one in particular, "is loneliness." The post The Curse of Old Age: Part 2 #Kulegalega appeared first on Owaahh.

24 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

What happens when a public healthcare system is designed to fail? The post Anatomy of a Health Crisis: A Photo Essay appeared first on Owaahh.

24 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

40 years ago, a Kenyan pilot managed to sneak three planes out of a feisty, hostile Dar es Salaam. This is the story of how and why he did it. The post The Birth of an Airline appeared first on Owaahh.

24 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

There's only one building in Kenya protected by a specific law, although there was once a bridge too. Back when it was illegal to be broke and unemployed. You could still, then, get your own coat of arms for your banners. The post 7 Most Interesting But Obscure Kenyan Laws appeared first on Owaahh.

20 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

Flown to Mombasa to attend the launch of the luxurious seaside Shaza Club, sleep and the sea win the night, and I miss everything. The short man in the flat cap looked familiar, but I couldn’t place him. I first saw him at the Air Kenya terminal at Wilson Airport. I was late, as always, […] The post The Shaza Club appeared first on Owaahh.

11 January 2017 » Too Late for Worms

For more than two decades, Nicodemus Arudhi was one of Kenya's most prolific football players, appearing for Gor Mahia and the national team. He was also a convicted criminal, and a wanted man. The post A Double Life appeared first on Owaahh.

31 December 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The godfather of Kenya's first true crime family, the Akasha Clan, was a grandfatherly charming chain smoker. He died nearly 17 years ago in Amsterdam, a fugitive from the law and deadweight to his business partners. The post The Gangland Life of Ibrahim Akasha appeared first on Owaahh.

27 December 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In what is only the second book by a former Kenyan spy, Bart Kibati writes about the intrigues within Kenya and the Secret Branch during his 27 years there. Its an incomplete historical record even of the man, but its still an important read. The post The Kenyan Spy Who Wrote A Book appeared first on Owaahh.

27 December 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The Rusinga Festival celebrates the colorful history of the Subanese, descendants of a dynastic war for the Buganda throne. Now in its fifth year, the festival has become an annual carnival of immersion into the story of the Abasuba. The post Rusinga Festival 2016: A Photo Essay appeared first on Owaahh.

07 December 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The last time ever saw the four men who died that day was in the bombed compound in Mogadishu in July 1993. No one seems to remember seeing Hos Maina after he entered the compound but someone saw Don trying to jump onto a fleeing Reuters' truck. He was knocked off by the crowd and then chased into the streets, with Macharia behind him. The post 7 Kenyan Journalists Who Were Killed on the Job appeared first on Owaahh.

30 November 2016 » Too Late for Worms

At Finch Hattons Luxury Camp in the Tsavo, a crocodile called Jemimah tries to kill Muthuri, Dan Kiptoo falls off a bed, and a thousand hills come alive. The post Exploring Finch Hattons appeared first on Owaahh.

29 November 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Kenya drives on the left, like a minority of countries in the world, and this may soon be a problem. The post Why Do We Still Drive on the Left? appeared first on Owaahh.

28 November 2016 » Too Late for Worms

For foreign rebels seeking a safe haven, Nairobi has always been a home away from home. Except when it wasn't. The post 7 Foreign Rebels Who Were Caught (or Killed) in Kenya appeared first on Owaahh.

28 November 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In December 1961, a ship flying the Cuban flag docked in Morocco. Over the next three decades, Cuba under Fidel Castro would become a major player in several revolutionary conflicts in Africa, especially in the liberation of Southern Africa. The post Fidel Castro and the African Dream appeared first on Owaahh.

12 November 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In the last 50 years, one giant panda has come to symbolise the most vibrant of conservation efforts. This is her story, and the story of the organisation behind it. The post The Making of @WWF_Kenya appeared first on Owaahh.

18 October 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In six years, all gloves would be off. Everything would be fair game. The post The War for Tatu City: Part 2 appeared first on Owaahh.

14 October 2016 » Too Late for Worms

For a few minutes, no one in the helicopter spoke. The three men sat in silence, looking outside. Below them, Ruiru opened up like a dream. A green sea of thousands of acres of coffee bushes, sometimes broken by empty, grassy fields. "Done. Let's do it." Then there was silence again. The post The War for Tatu City appeared first on Owaahh.

11 October 2016 » Too Late for Worms

You could smell the nyama choma long before you saw it. It was our first night in Tsavo, and the itinerary said we were heading out to a bush dinner. So down the stretch, past the rock-paved swimming pool, through a dark stretch to a grassy patch. Now wasn't the time for anyone to start recounting that old story of the man-eating lions of the Tsavo, and luckily, no one did. The post Two Nights in Kilaguni appeared first on Owaahh.

01 October 2016 » Too Late for Worms

When Imperial Bank collapsed, it had more money than it had declared. What that means, and the trails to find out whose money it was. The post The Sack of Imperial Bank: Epilogue appeared first on Owaahh.

29 August 2016 » Too Late for Worms

For a song made from a lullaby, Kenya's national anthem is too lit! It sounds like something from the starting sequence of a movie. The anthem was made a committee, and chosen by a group of screaming fans. Citizens, I meant citizens. The post Why Kenya’s National Anthem is So Beautiful appeared first on Owaahh.

17 August 2016 » Too Late for Worms

60 years ago, Kenya entered the world of global athletics with a single mission, complete dominance. With such a rich history, there's bound to be unbelievable stories from the tracks, and from Kenya's checkered history at the Olympics. Here's a few of them. The post 7 Crazy Stories from Kenya’s Athletic History appeared first on Owaahh.

04 August 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In Tuko Macho, a vigilante called Biko is cleaning up Nairobi. Jim Chuchu's first series explores the idea that heroes rise when a society needs them. It is a story about justice, identity, and class conflict. The post A City Without A Hero appeared first on Owaahh.

22 July 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In Part II, a kidnapping at a prominent wedding in Karen, a gun in court, and why Kenya has been reluctant to offer any help to her citizens held in Juba as ransom. The post Blood, Money, and Prison II appeared first on Owaahh.

20 July 2016 » Too Late for Worms

In May last year, a small company in Juba became the center of the most high profile corruption case in South Sudan. More than a year later, 16 people who were arrested that day, including four Kenyans, were jailed for life. The post Blood, Money and Prison appeared first on Owaahh.

06 July 2016 » Too Late for Worms

What's woven in Mengo is a story of an underground fight club where people who are considered abnormal, do things we would associate with "normal" people. They tap into a visceral desire for pain and fame because they are human beings before they are people classified by a condition they didn't choose. So Dudu's, Mangalitos, Mrefu and Sonko are placed in an old abandoned building that's falling apart, champions of a fictional universe. The post The Eccentric Photography of Osborne Macharia...

18 June 2016 » Too Late for Worms

A reading list of some of the best works of Kenyan journalism available online. And a chance for you to join this curation project. The post Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Kenyan Journalism appeared first on Owaahh.

18 June 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The men at the table are withering. We know it, they know it. Their bones creak these days. The gray is becoming more pronounced. A cold takes slightly longer to heal, and they have trouble seeing. And learning new things. Frankly, on a cold Monday morning, they would rather snuggle in until the sun is up there. And they do, because they can. The post The Curse of Old Age appeared first on Owaahh.

14 June 2016 » Too Late for Worms

A week ago, a small vervet monkey switched off the most important of Kenya's power stations. In this fascinating "how not to go about your monkey business" manual, we study what exactly the monkey started. And why sometimes everything working too well is not a good thing. The post How the Monkey Did It appeared first on Owaahh.

09 June 2016 » Too Late for Worms

June is tax season. And here's how this goes. We wait until the last day, it's what the Bible says. "On the last day of tax season, we shall all gather on the iTax system and try to frantically file our returns." Then we will sing and rave and rant, and ask our guy whether he knows a guy, or a girl in KRA. Someone who can get this thing done because we are just law abiding citizens who like to live on the edge. The post Paying the Taxman appeared first on Owaahh.

02 June 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There are only three official ways the half a million refugees from Somalia can ever leave the camps, and the options are thinning. The latest one is to return to a country at war, forcibly, to empty Kenya's fourth largest city. The post The Cities of War appeared first on Owaahh.

31 May 2016 » Too Late for Worms

You'd be surprised how many Kenyans think Olduvai Gorge is on their side of the border. Why is this so? The post Olduvai Gorge is not in Kenya appeared first on Owaahh.

07 May 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Lucy Kibaki was many things, and one of the most important was violent and entitled. She saw herself as co-president, a role that gave her insurmountable powers to even engage in public acts of violence. One of her victims had to go on exile, and several ended up without jobs. The post The Complex Legacy of Lucy Kibaki appeared first on Owaahh.

07 May 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Wars are fought over drinking water. Societies survive and tumble; Social units define themselves around this single resource. Yet it's one of those songs that go mostly unheard, until it's dark and full of terrors. It's a song that reverberates through time, no matter how modern or postmodern a society we become. The post A Song of Clean Water appeared first on Owaahh.

03 May 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There's a castle in Nyahururu that look likes it has been transplanted through time and place. It's a rather imposing reminder that a night on Electric Avenue is not a proper break, and neither is goat meat at Kamaki's. The post A Castle in Nyahururu appeared first on Owaahh.

28 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Little has changed in Kenya's 26-year-old headline-hungry, scorched earth policy towards elephant conservation. The post The Politics of Ivory and Fire appeared first on Owaahh.

21 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Nicholas Biwott, the Total Man, was also known as the "Bull of Auckland." Were his fellow legislators cheering him on or trying to publicly ridicule him? The post Why Nicholas Biwott was Nicknamed “The Bull of Auckland” appeared first on Owaahh.

19 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

On Travel & Places this week, we explore Samburu Intrepids Luxury Camp and the forests behind Serena Mountain Lodge. The post An Intrepid Experience appeared first on Owaahh.

14 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

When the attackers walked through Garissa University on April 2nd 2015, they didn't break the covenant. They found it broken. They were there because they knew the covenant was broken. On the other side, Garissa University had gone to bed thinking the covenant was still in place. The post At Garissa University, the Covenant was Broken appeared first on Owaahh.

10 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Since July 1984, over 40 banks have collapsed in Kenya. Most of them have been Kenyan-owned. The post Why Kenyan Banks Fail appeared first on Owaahh.

09 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

On Sunday March 6, 1853, a rare cosmic event took place in Kilifi. A sacred stone fell from the sky. The post The Maasai and the Duruma Meteorite appeared first on Owaahh.

04 April 2016 » Too Late for Worms

On our first morning at Serena Mivumo River Lodge in Tanzania, we went on a daylong game drive. It was uneventful, until we happened on a pair of mating lions and then got stuck tracking down elephants. The post Stuck in Selous Game Reserve appeared first on Owaahh.

31 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

When Italy first placed a space center in Kenya, they cunningly put it right outside Kenya's territorial waters. But that eventually changed. This is this story of how an Italian Space Center has operated on Kenya's waters for 52 years. The post The Space Center Kenya Doesn’t Own appeared first on Owaahh.

23 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

At Dar es Salaam Serena, I find myself in a familiar place. With a glass in my hand. The post A Double in Dar es Salaam Serena appeared first on Owaahh.

22 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Muthoni Nyanjiru rose to her feet, exasperated. She was done waiting. She was done hoping. She was out of chills to give. Today was her day to be badass. 94 years later, her courage remains one of the greatest acts of sacrifice to a Kenyan cause. The post The Ageless Defiance of Muthoni Nyanjiru appeared first on Owaahh.

14 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

As Rupu turns 5, we look back at its history and unstoppable growth. What started as a rudimentary platform manned by 2 people 5 years ago is now a digital behemoth, and Kenya's oldest surviving e-commerce site. The post The Evolution of Rupu appeared first on Owaahh.

11 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Every few years, some internet user asks "Was the Kenyan genius, Tsula Mwangi, real?" The answer is no. She was completely made up. The post The Hoax of the Genius of Tsula Mwangi appeared first on Owaahh.

08 March 2016 » Too Late for Worms

You’ve heard this story before. But you need to hear it again. You know her. Or rather you know of her. Her story is like a million others you’ve read before. In documentaries, bad movies, and sad photos. She’s tall and dark. So skinny that her body seems to hang from her bones. She has […] The post A Small Spring in Oloitoktok appeared first on Owaahh.

19 February 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Even a man of Abdulmalek’s genius couldn’t rely simply on luck not to get caught. So he created his own luck. Read Part 1. Part 3: Reel Them In Abdulmalek Janmohammed was a smart man, no doubt, but the banking system had already seen many men and women much smarter than him. They had made […] The post The Sack of Imperial Bank: Part 3 appeared first on Owaahh.

17 February 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Today though, jazz occupies a lofty social status as a unique, calm and polished genre. Its a language. The entire idea of this dialect is passion, infectious passion that is unique to each musician, each ensemble, and each performance. The post The Sound of Safaricom Jazz appeared first on Owaahh.

15 February 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The Black Hole of W.E Tilley, The Bangkok X-Files, and the Chama. The post The Sack of Imperial Bank: Part 2 appeared first on Owaahh.

12 February 2016 » Too Late for Worms

The first time Abdulmalek JanMohammed ever robbed Imperial Bank he had a gun to his head. Three short years later, he became the robber, carrying out a heist so elaborate its web is still being untangled, five months after his death. The post The Sack of Imperial Bank appeared first on Owaahh.

09 February 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There are 12 chalets in this hamlet of wonder in the middle of the wild. 12 wooden chalets, set along the river banks, joined to each other and the bar/dining area, by a boardwalk. The post Serena Mivumo River Lodge, and an Idea of Home appeared first on Owaahh.

29 January 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There’s a young festival that takes place every December on Rusinga Island. A celebration of the Abasuba people and their culture, language and artefacts. It’s a cultural answer to the question “Can a people die?” Its mid-December, and Magunga who’s online bookstore you should definitely visit for African reads, and Abigail Arunga-poet, columnist, and hawker […] The post The Rusinga Festival appeared first on Too Late For Worms.

15 January 2016 » Too Late for Worms

How an otherwise water-tight case crumbled. The post Betty Tett and the Hitman appeared first on Too Late For Worms.

13 January 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There are three types of zebra, and the rarest of them all, now found almost exclusively in Kenya, is endangered. Here's how you can help, and go on a safari while at it. The post Here’s How You Can Help Save the World’s Rarest Zebra appeared first on Too Late For Worms.

07 January 2016 » Too Late for Worms

Crime isn’t for everyone. But its like politics, not everybody who can, should, and not everybody who does, can. Good criminals know that a good heist is not done until you get away with it. The individuals on this list didn’t read the manual to the end. 7. The Eldoret West Buglars What is the […]

05 January 2016 » Too Late for Worms

There is no one among us here today who can sit comfortably at his table after meeting the eyes of a hungry child.

23 December 2015 » Too Late for Worms

May the odds be ever in your favour!

17 December 2015 » Too Late for Worms

Accidentally, of course.

16 December 2015 » Too Late for Worms

A chandelier is a loud statement. Of opulence, sophistication, class, dreams, hopes, goals, you name it. A chandelier speaks more words than an entire set of Italian leather furniture or stainless steel cutlery. When you walk into a hotel lobby, or a home, or even one part of a home, the chandelier screams something about […]

15 December 2015 » Too Late for Worms

They might have helped an illegitimate emperor cement his rule.

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