#565 — The 2019 Kenyan Census

Elder Clara on the left and enumerator Brian on the right. They came to count the eight people in our household on Monday afternoon. Note the white chalk census house number above their heads. Saturday night/Sunday morning, August 24/25, was the night of the 2019 census in Kenya. People are counted according to where they slept that night. The census READ MORE

Clean Energy Africa #5 — Will South African Build Electric Vehicles?

Like Germany is to Europe, South Africa is the manufacturing powerhouse of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular it has eight automobile assembly plants. The companies are BMW, Ford, Isuzu, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen. In 2018 South Africa produced 610,854 vehicles. Last year over 200,000 vehicles were exported to Europe, 140,000 to Africa, and the rest sold domestically. We, READ MORE

#564 — The Arrival of Strangle Weed in Lumakanda

This is a picture of some ornamental bushes in the front of our former house in Lumakanda. Note the yellow-greenish vines sticking out from the bushes. This is a parasitic plant. About a year ago this plant had infected the ornamental bushes which were then over three feet tall. In order to eradicate the vines, we had to cut down READ MORE

#563 — Cremation in Kenya

Ken Okoth and his wife, Monica. On July 26 Ken Okoth, the Kibra Member of Parliament, died of colorectal cancer at the age of 41. He asked that his body be cremated which was done. As the Standard newspaper headlined on August 5 said, this “Burning of bodies has kicked up cultural, religious storm.” A Quaker pastor from Nairobi commented READ MORE

#562 — What is Family?

Our family now: standing left to right grandnephew Calton (11 years old), grandniece Imali (19), grandniece Trinah (6), Salome, (19 who is called “auntie” as she helps take care of the children), granddaughter Faith (6). On left swing, grandson Brian (6) and on right swing, grandnephew Griffin (11) and granddaughter Rembo (3). Perhaps there is no greater difference between Kenya READ MORE

#561 — How Many Kenyans are There?

As you can see from this population pyramid from the CIA Factbook, each cohort of five years increases rapidly until the 10-14 year old age group. The 5-9 age group is very similar to the 10-14 age group and now the 0-4 age group is considerably smaller. This implies that the birth rate in Kenya is declining significantly. It is READ MORE