On the Poem That Made Me Fall in Love with Words: A Close Reading of Sonia Sanchez's "Poem at Thirty"
Lithub, July 17, 2019
Binyavanga: Our Man of the People. Africa is a country, May 24, 2019
Al-Shabaab's Nairobi attack is a reminder that tit-for-tat terror never succeeds
The Guardian, January 16, 2019
On the rise - and cost - of the African novel in English
Literary Hub, 9 April 2018
What decolonizing the mind means today
Literary Hub, 23 March 2018
Introducing Issue 43: This Hustle Is Not Your Grandpa's African Lit
New Orleans Review, 6 July 2017
Open Letter to African Leaders: Do Not Follow the West Into the Abyss
This is Africa, 4 December 2016
Time to save African languages from extinction
The Standard, 22 November 2014
Beauty, Mourning and Melancholy in Africa39
LA Review of Books, 9 November 2014
Don't tell African authors what they can and can't write about
How to make a film about America
This is Africa, 21 May 2014
The cost of African caricature democracies
This is Africa, 19 May 2014
The indiscriminate detention of Somali Kenyans
This is Africa, 5 May 2014
Beneficiaries of colonialism in Kenya today
This is Africa, 17 April 2014
No to Nuclear: A Solar and Wind Energy Powered African Future
This is Africa, 22 March 2014
Silencing critics, Kenyan-govt-style
This is Africa, 19 March 2014
Why African leaders should boycott the Obama Summit
This is Africa, 18 March 2014
The Western Journalist in Africa
Africa is a Country, 12 March 2013
Is the ICC just selecting Africans?
This is Africa, 26 February 2013
Photo by David Mariampolski
American policy on Africa in focus
Business Daily Africa, 28 July 2009
Africa is not a proverb
The Black Commentator, April 2009
Africans who work against great odds
Business Daily, 13 January 2009
What is America to me? Thoughts on the US presidential elections
The Black Commentator, 23 October 2008
A caricature of democracy: Zimbabwe's misguided talks
The New York Times, 25 July 2008
The Progressive, 28 May 2008
Let us not find revolutionaries where there are none
New Internationalist, 11 January 2008
Opinion: Home Truths
BBC World Service, 10 December 2007
New Orleans and the Third World
AnthroGlobe, 16 October 2005
columns in the GUARDIAN
How Al-Shabaab was born
The Islamic Courts Union had brought a fragile sense of order to Somalia. Destroying this played into the hands of the militants.
4 October 2013
Kenya vote: how the west was wrong
Western journalists have been left behind by an Africa moving forward: in fits and starts maybe but forward nevertheless.
12 March 2013
How I found an adoptive family in a Boston Bar
A casual job, several beers in an Irish pub and an epiphany on a frosty night made me realise that America really is home.
24 November 2011
African in America or African American?
I can live in the US for 20 years yet still be treated differently – by both black people and white.
14 January 2011
What about the pursuit of happiness?
Nicholas Kristof seems to think poor people should not seek pleasure at the expense of practical needs. It's not that simple.
6 June 2010
Myths of the middle class
Resistance to US healthcare reform springs from American belief in middle class prosperity and individual self-reliance.
13 September 2009
Barack Obama must figure out how American capitalism and global capitalism can live side by side.
10 March 2009
Not the president from Kogelo
Barack Obama may be sympathetic to Africa's problems, but solving them requires US policy changes he can't possibly make.
5 December 2008
Africa's surreal future
If Obama and the G8 truly want to help Africa's poor, they must stop supporting the continent's corrupt leaders.
14 July 2009