May 6, 1996 |
The government annulled a marriage between a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, arranged because his mother needed a servant and the bride's father needed cattle. The parents were ordered jailed last week by Kuria District Commissioner John Egesa, the Kenya News Agency reported. There were no details on the terms of their incarceration. The Ministry of Education is campaigning against early marriages to quell the high dropout rate in Kuria district schools.
October 6, 1992
For hundreds of years, the Masai people ruled their East African domain as feared warriors and resourceful herdsmen. But today, the threat to their survival can't be repelled by raiding other tribes, moving their cattle to unspoiled ranges or finding abundant food in the wild. Now, the threat is the encroachment of modern civilization. The Masais' ancient territories have been partitioned into park land by the Kenyan government or parceled out to private owners.
February 25, 1998 |
When Mary Magdelena Akinyi's husband died, the custom of her Luo ethnic group dictated that she be "inherited" by one of her already married brothers-in-law. Akinyi refused. The 24-year-old former nursery school teacher felt the centuries-old cultural practice robs women of their dignity and independence. But what ultimately led her to reject the tradition was fear of death--either her own or that of relatives--from AIDS.
August 15, 2000 |
The TV ad couldn't be clearer: A young woman stares lovingly at her young man in a college cafeteria. Another pretty woman with slightly lighter skin saunters by, and the young man teasingly asks his girlfriend how he can tell the woman that she is the "most beautiful girl I have ever seen." His girlfriend is devastated. In chimes a female voice, advising her to use Fair and Lovely, a skin cream that "has special fairness vitamins" and is guaranteed to lighten the complexion in just six weeks.
October 30, 1998 |
Leonard Odongo begins each morning bench-pressing 265 pounds of concrete blocks attached to the ends of an iron rod. His hand weights, chest expander and other workout equipment are crafted from metal sticks and stones. Four friends, equally trim and toned, join the muscular 22-year-old in his backyard gym. It doesn't matter what you're using to pump iron, Odongo contends, as long as you're doing it. The key is "to get in shape. People have developed the desire to be fit.
May 17, 1987 |
Kenya's highest court has upheld tribal law over Western life styles and ordered that a prominent lawyer's body be buried by his brother and their clan over the objections of the lawyer's widow. Judge J.O. Nyarangi on Friday ended the five-month legal battle over the remains of Sylvano M. Otieno by dismissing Virginia Wambui Otieno's arguments that she and her husband, who was a member of the Luo tribe, were Christians who lived a Western life style.