Roadside vendors selling cheap, secondhand books in Kenya's capital of Nairobi have spurred a new reading phenomenon among Kenyans. However, local publishers worry that their new books can't compete with the inexpensive deals.
Mobile game developers in Kenya are releasing games with a local flavor, in which scenarios are set in rural villages and stealing eggs from local farms is standard childhood activity. The developers hope to cash in on a growing smartphone market.
People in Nairobi collectively use about 2 million plastic bags in a month, and most of them are dumped haphazardly, clogging drainage systems and littering the streets. Plastic Fantastic Kenya collects the plastic bags and turns them into jewelry and handbags.
A smuggler who helped Kenyans move to and around Europe used various ploys, including sending them her own identity documents for their use. The smuggler also amassed receipts falsely in her clients' names so they could get temporary residency permits directly upon entering Spain.
Encouraged by memories of earning money in Israel during one five-year stint, during which he stayed illegally, Douglas Maina wants to return. But saving money to return is a challenge, and he’s not sure how he’d get into the country.
Unemployed African migrants can continue a desperate struggle in Greece or Spain amid the financial crisis. Or they can return to their native land, ashamed to tell others, who believed they were living the “good life,” that they’ve failed to succeed.