“In this issue of WAJIBU, we seek to interrogate how our values have changed with time; we examine where our traditional values meet with what can be referred to as modern universal values. And never before has there been such an opportune time to reflect on these matters. This year Kenyans witnessed unprecedented inter-community violence following the 2007 presidential election fiasco; we also observed a level of violence in our schools never before seen in our country. And currently the world is facing what might turn out to be its biggest economic meltdown ever. Across from our continent, a country that has for years been a symbol of racial discrimination has elected a man from a minority racial group as its president. In the last few years in Kenya, words and phrases such as ‘the culture of impunity’, ‘corruption’, ‘warlords’ ‘school violence’ ‘greed’ and ‘tribalism’ have become part of our common lexicon, betraying the things that we should value the most. The question is: how have things always been?” (Charles Otieno-Hongo)
Editorial – Charles Otieno-Hongo
Traditional African leadership institutions – Betty Wamalwa Muragori
Can African traditional values be revived? Interview with Rev. Dr. John Gatu – Njeri Kang’ethe
Performing the self – Chamo Nyadhi – Oby Obyerodhyambo
A rose by any other name – Shilpa Jain
Africa and the challenges of development – is religion a help or a hindrance? – Pete Henriot
Violence in Kenyan schools – is it a question of values? – Isaac Ochieng
From traditional values to African modern values? – Sally Ireri
Male circumcision – are we cutting a piece of culture? – Dipesh Pabari
Are African extended families a blessing or a curse today? – Nicholas Rabach.
POETRY CORNER – Annetta Miller
YOUTH SHOUT – Arise from complacent slumber – Christine Mungai.
BOOK REVIEW – Uwem Akpan: Say you’re one of them – Muthoni Garland
MAKING A DIFFERENCE – Islamic banking – Cathy Majtenyi
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