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Utajua Hujui

By Aileen Waitaaga Kimuhu
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Today I Learned: The Negro Bible and Zambia’s Space Agency
Did you know that there was once a Negro Bible, that excluded most of the Old Testament and any mention of freedom and liberation? Or that Zambia had a space program in the 1960s? In this episode, Aileen walks you through these incredible facts of history! Imagine, there are no digressions! Blog Post: https://the-inbetweeners.blogspot.com/2018/04/tribalism-not-just-african-problem.html Sources The Negro Bible Bartolomé de las Casas (WikiQuote) Becky Little, Why Bibles Given to Slaves Omitted Most of the Old Testament (2019) Blue Letter Bible, Expose of Mormonism: The Bible, (n.d.) Brigit Katz, Heavily Abridged ‘Slave Bible’ Removed Passages That Might Encourage Uprisings(2019) Daniel Walden, Was Jesus a Socialist? (2020) Erica Johnson, Rosaries and Revolution: Father Philemon, Catholicism, and the Haitian Revolution(2015) George Moore, Wrongfully Dividing the Word Of Truth: The History And Impact of the Negro Slave Bible - Part 1 (2021) George Moore, Wrongfully Dividing the Word Of Truth: The History and Impact of the Negro Slave Bible- Part 2 (2021) John E. Baur, International Repercussions of the Haitian Revolution (1970) Michel Martin, Slave Bible From The 1800s Omitted Key Passages That Could Incite Rebellion(2018) Rearranged the Trade Patterns of the Western Hemisphere in Lucia Coppolaro and Francine McKenzie, A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500 (2013) Robert J Matthews, “Why don’t we use the Inspired Version of the Bible in the Church? Would it be helpful to me to read it?” (1977) Steven Topik, An Explosion of Violence: How the Haitian Revolution Zambia’s Space Program Royal Museums Greenwich, The Zambian Space Programme (n.d.) Namwali Serpell, The Zambian “Afronaut” Who Wanted to Join the Space Race (2017) Colin Marshall, Meet ‘The Afronauts’: An Introduction to Zambia’s Forgotten 1960s Space Program, (2020) Eric Otieno Sumba, Afronauts Are Forever | The Enduring Cultural Legacy Of The ‘Zambia Space Program’(2020) Alexis C Madrigal, Old, Weird Tech: The Zambian Space Cult of the 1960s (2010)
48:18
June 15, 2022
The Population Conspiracy: How the West Fucked with Africa’s Population
Join Aileen and a GUEST, as they talk about conspiracy theories, population control, and perhaps the worst IUD in human history – the Dalkon Shield. Surprisingly, there are no digressions (huh, who even knew these were possible) Sources Adeolu Oluwaseyi Oyekan, Conspiracy theories and pandemic management in Africa: critical reflections on contexts, contradictions and challenges (2021) Anna C. “Instrument of Torture”: The Dalkon Shield Disaster (2016) Asia Murphy, Conservation's Biggest Challenge? The Legacy of Colonialism (Op-Ed), (2019) Butte College, TIP Sheet: Conspiracy and Conspiracism (2019) Charlotte McDonald, How Many Earths do we Need? (2015) Clare L. Roepke & Eric A. Schaff, Long Tail Strings: Impact of the Dalkon Shield 40 Years Later (2014) David Pendergast, Colonial wildlife conservation and the origins of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire (1903–1914) (2003) E. Wesley F. Peterson, The Role of Population in Economic Growth (2017) Egypt Initiative for Personal Rights, Beyond superstition: How IUDs moved (2021) Hala Iqbal, How the CIA’s fake Hepatitis B vaccine program in Pakistan helped fuel vaccine distrust (2021) Heather Prescott, “This Is Not A Dalkon Shield”: The Renaissance Of The Intrauterine Device In The United States” (2016) Hippolyte Fofack, Changing the Africa Population Narrative (2021) Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Karen M Douglas, Conspiracy Theories as Part of History: The Role of Societal Crisis Situations (2017) Karl Ittmann, African Populations and British Imperial Power, 1800–1970 (2022) Lisa Baker, Control and the Dalkon Shield (2001) Mark Dowie, Barbara Ehrenreich, Stephen Minkin, The Charge: Gynocide (1979) NHS, Intrauterine device (IUD) (2021) Planned Parenthood, IUD (n.d.) Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Population Policy Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Interplay of Global and Local Forces, (2016) Rainey Howitz, The Dalkon Shield, (2018)
01:08:53
May 31, 2022
Mekatilili wa Menza & Dona Beatriz (Kimpa Vita)
In Part 2 of the Female Heroines of Africa, Aileen talks about Mekatilili wa Menza and Dona Beatriz of the Congo Digressions include Dear White People, the Protestant Reformation and Shrek Image Credits: Mekatilili – Google Arts & Culture Donna Beatriz – Wikipedia Sources: Alexander Ives Bortolot, Women Leaders in African History: Dona Beatriz, Kongo Prophet (2003) Benjamin Hendrickx & Tebatso Molefe, Dona Beatriz (Kimpa Vita): Some New Considerations on Her Role And Death in The Kingdom Of Kongo (2010) Capuchin Fransiscans, Who we Are Celia Nyamweru and Neil Carrier, The (re)creation of a heroine: the case of Mekatilili wa Menza Ciaran Conliffe, Beatriz Kimpa Vita, African Prophet (2017) Nita Bhalla, Kenyan female freedom fighter Mekatilili wa Menza celebrated on Google (2020) Rejected Princesses, Mekatilili wa Menza Zarina Patel and Neil Carrier (trs.) The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, Mekatili: Local Heroine Cool Additional Resources The Nest Collective – Mekatilili wa Menza Comic Book
50:44
May 18, 2022
Taytu & Amina
Join Aileen as she discusses two incredible women from African History! Empress Taytu of Ethiopia and Sarauniya Amina of Zazzau! Digressions include Disco, Drug Laws and Netflix #justiceforsheila Shout Outs @TravellingWakili– for all your vacay needs! The NairoBEERns Podcast #10: New Drug Laws!! SIM Registration!! Political Intolerance!! Sources Adam Holland, An ethical analysis of UK drug policy as an example of a criminal justice approach to drugs: a commentary on the short film Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus(2020) World Health Organization, Female genital mutilation (2022) Brunno Braga, Taytu Betul: The African Woman Who Defeated European Imperialism (2021) DW, Taytu Betul: Ethiopia's strategic empress  Rejected Princess.com, Taytu Betul, The Bad Cop Empress of Ethiopia Anchi Hoh, Taytu Betul: The Cunning Empress of Ethiopia (2022) Raymond Jonas, The Battle of Adwa, African Victory in The Age of Empire (2011) Caroline Akello, The Achievement and Impacts of Queen Aminatu in African and Women History Ibrahim Lawal Ahmed, Amina of Zazzau: Netflix and ahistorical film-making, By Ibrahim Lawal Ahmed(2021) Jone Johnson Lewis, Amina, Queen of Zazzau (2019) African Feminist Forum, Queen Amina Of Zaria
54:09
May 04, 2022
Today I Learned: Silence, Murder and Culture
Today, I learned that silence is music, Ouija boards can determine guilt, and Britain, literally, can’t repatriate the cultural property it has stolen. Digressions include epistemology, Marvel’s Black Panther, Red Bull and the Holocaust Sources Aaron Gonsher, A Visit to John Cage’s 639-Year Organ Composition: Examining the expanse of time at one of the world’s slowest performances (2019) Aja Romano, How Ouija boards work. (Hint: It's not ghosts.) (2018) Anthony Hunt, Musical Instruments: How hard is it to learn to play the organ versus the piano? (2017) BBC News, Wombles composer Mike Batt's silence legal row 'a scam' (2010) Dalya Alberge, British Museum is world's largest receiver of stolen goods, says QC(2019) Heather Mills, Retrial order in 'Ouija case' (2018) Ian Molyneaux, The double-murderer jailed at retrial after drunken jury members contacted killer's victim using a ouija board (2021) KNOPS, World’s Longest Concert Will Last Centuries (2018) Michael Dulaney and Damien Carrick, 'Who killed you?' The jurors who used a Ouija board to find a murderer guilty (2018) Phil Edwards, What "Ouija" actually means, and how the game has changed(2018) Audio Sampling Air Horn - Black Panther Scene - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyY_tjhFNBg&ab_channel=TNT D4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dulaMO7nxpA&ab_channel=MusicinSpace Drum Roll – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzAfTmC3It0 G#3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0W7CwQzBII&ab_channel=Justsounds Red Bull - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av7pA8X6hyU&ab_channel=RedBullGiv esYouWiiings Spooky Scary Sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ZpWDbYvKo&ab_channel=dskina
39:27
April 13, 2022
Deconstructing Jesus
Is Jesus unique amongst the beliefs of the Ancient World? More to the point, must Jesus be unique in order to believe in what he said? Digressions include Zoroastrianism and the Council of Nicea. Sources Earl Doherty, Higher Critical Review of Robert M Prices’ ‘Deconstructing Jesus’, (2001) Gloria Nziba Pindi and Antonio Tomas De La Garza, “The Colonial Jesus” Deconstructing White Christianity (2018) Hannah M.G.Shapero, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Judaism (1997) J. Warner Wallace, Is Jesus Simply A Retelling Of The Horus Mythology? (2017) Jaime Licauco, Pagan Parallels of Jesus Christ (2018) Joobin Bekhrad, The obscure religion that shaped the West (2017) Re|Knew, The Jesus Story is a Myth! … And History (2015) Robert Price, Deconstructing Jesus (2000) The Bible, New Kings James Translation (although I prefer New Living Testament, or English Standard Version) Timothy Paul Jones, Apologetics: Were the Stories of Jesus Based on Pagan Parallels? (2020)
29:46
March 23, 2022
Today I Learned
Today I learned that this podcast doesn’t have to be a depressing inquest into colonialism! Yaaay! Instead, today we will learn about penile spikes on cats, what happens when you fall asleep in church, and that time the South African Government dealt MDMA. Note that I did have a cold while recording, sooooo I’m sorry for the nose pulling Digressions Include: Assassination Attempts, Scruffing, and Polymorphism Audio Sourcing: SpongeBob Trap Remix "Krusty Krab" Mixed by Eugene The Dream SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song, Nickelodeon© 26 Weird Animal Mating Habits - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 20), Mental Floss © Sources Brette Sember, Puritanism for Beginners (2019) Chandré Gould & Peter Folb, Project Coast: Apartheid's Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme (2012) Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Sexual Aggression in Cats (2014) Drug Wise, How much do drugs cost? (2017) Karl Kemp, South Africa's 'Dr. Death' Was Accused of Selling Ravers Super-Strength MDMA(2014) New England Historical Society, Hellfires, Whippings and Woodchuck Bites – The Perils for Puritans Sleeping in Church(2022) Olivier Marbot, South Africa: ‘Dr Death’ discovered to still be practising medicine (2021) Stephanie Pappas, Here, Kitty, Kitty: 10 Facts for Cat Lovers (2011) Tabitha Kucera, Scruffing a Cat: What Is It, and Why Do Experts Say You Shouldn't Do It? (2019)
31:51
March 09, 2022
The A,B,C's of Colonial Education
We all know that something is wrong with our education, but today we learn that it was designed to be that way. Digressions Include Fluffling (Google It), How sucky the English Language is, and a whole bunch of “woooosaaahhhs” Our Sponsor: DataVerse Machine Learning Course! Sign up for classes here: https://forms.gle/hagQVST8AcL6ymzaA Sources Anirban Mitra, The Infamous Macaulay Speech That Never Was (2017) Aparna Basu, Colonial Education Policies: A Comparative Approach in Essays in the history of Indian Education (1982) Çağrı Tuğrul Mart, British colonial education policy in Africa (2011) Jeffrey Willis Grooms, A Gentleman 's Burden: Difference and the Development of British Education at Home and in the Empire During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (2016) Kisilu M. Kitainge, Reforming education and training? Lessons from development of vocational education and training in Kenya (2004) Martin Luther King, "The Purpose of Education" (1947) Molly Cunningham, Colonial Echoes in Kenyan Education: A First Person Account (2006) Mũkũyũ, Gikuyu Sex Training for Youth – Nguīko (2014) Peter Kallaway, Welfare and Education in British Colonial Africa, 1918-1945 (2020) Peter Kallaway, Welfare and Education in British Colonial Africa, 1918-1945 in Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and Hugo Gonçalves Dores, Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa: Policies, Paradigms, and Entanglements, 1890s–1980s (2020) Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1973)
45:52
February 23, 2022
Mathogothanio (with Kariithi)
Welcome back to another Mathogothanio session! We're we chat nonsense, and hope it makes some sense. In this episode, Kariithi has, in the grand tradition of coups in Africa - couped me out of my own podcast! Digressions include Kim Kardashian, Marvel vs DCEU and so much more! Thank you to Kariithi for hosting and to Sam Kimita for audio engineering. Could not have down this episode without them :)
01:15:04
February 09, 2022
The Wagalla Massacre (1984)
Is violence the natural order of the state? If so, are massacres and state-sponsored atrocities inevitable? Join Aileen as she attempts to answer these questions while discussing one of the most referenced human rights abuses in Kenyan history: the Wagalla Massacre.  Digressions include Prince William, Thanos and the MCU TW: Rape, Torture and Assault. Sources: Abdi Latif Dahir, Kenya’s Wagalla Massacre 30 Years Later (2014) Charles Hornsby, Kenya: A History of Since Independence (2012) Human Rights Watch, Screening of Ethnic Somalis: The Cruel Consequences of Kenya’s Passbook System (1990) Judy Kibinge, Scarred: The Anatomy of a Massacre (2015) Kate Cronin-Furman, Mass Atrocity Monday, 5/2/2016: The Wagalla Massacre (2016) Kinyanjui Thuo, Wagalla Massacre (KNCHR) (2014) Múturi Njeri, Kenya That was Never Kenyan: The Shifta War & The North Eastern Kenya, (2015) Noor Akbar, How should we define genocide?, 2010 Oscar Gakuo Mwangi, Why Kenya is on thin ice in its justification for sending Somali refugees back home (2021) Roya Gachuhi, Wagalla massacre: The anatomy of atrocity in North Eastern (2020) Tabea Scharrer, “Ambiguous citizens”: Kenyan Somalis and the question of belonging (2018) Truth and Justice Commission Report, Volume II A (2013) Youssef Cohen, Brian R. Brown, A. F. K. Organski, The Paradoxical Nature of State Making: The Violent Creation of Order (1981)
41:26
February 01, 2022
The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on FIRE
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! For the first episode of the year, I figured we'll do something light. Today, let’s talk about arson, schools and teenagers. Digressions include colonialism and just how much high school SUCKS!
28:39
January 12, 2022
Mathogothanio
Mathogothanio (n.): Chatting Shit, Talking about Everything and Nothing, Causing a general disturbance.  Welcome, to the first Mathogothanio Session with Aileen and a special guest host! S/O to Sami Kimita for helping me edit the audio, and for Kariithi Ngari for agreeing to host!
01:18:57
November 03, 2021
The Central African Republic, Jean-Bedel Bokassa and the French (pt 2)
Join me this week as we continue learning about how the French created, sustained and eventually deposed, Africa’s first emperor; Jean-Bedel Bokassa. Sources: Amnesty International (Newsletter) (1987) Brian Titley, Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokossa (1997) Jeremy Leudi, The Vietnamese daughters of an African emperor(2018) Jonathan C.R., Bokassa’s bloody past relived in steamy African courtroom(1987) Kelechi Chika Ubaku, Chikezie Anyalewachi Emeh, Kelechi Collins Okoro - Imperialism and Underdevelopment in Post-Independence Africa: Focus on Central African Republic (2015) Khalid Elhassan, 10 Little Known Criminals Who Committed History’s Worst Crimes (2018) Leon Dash, Nightmares from Bokassa’s Empire (1979) Silja Fröhlich, Africa and France: An unfulfilled dream of independence?(2020) World Bank, Central African Republic Economic Update: Breaking the Cycle of Conflict and Instability (2018)
57:05
October 06, 2021
The Emperor of Central Africa
Join me this week as we learn about how the French created, sustained and eventually deposed, Africa’s first emperor; Jean-Bedel Bokassa. Sources: Amnesty International (Newsletter) (1987) Brian Titley, Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokossa (1997) Jeremy Leudi, The Vietnamese daughters of an African emperor (2018) Kelechi Chika Ubaku, Chikezie Anyalewachi Emeh, Kelechi Collins Okoro - Imperialism and Underdevelopment in Post-Independence Africa: Focus on Central African Republic (2015) Leon Dash, Nightmares from Bokassa’s Empire (1979) Silja Fröhlich, Africa and France: An unfulfilled dream of independence? (2020) World Bank, Central African Republic Economic Update: Breaking the Cycle of Conflict and Instability (2018)
37:49
September 22, 2021
Kenyan Policing
Policing in Kenya is a colonial hangover, that we can’t quite shake. Complete with the headbanging and misery. In this episode, let’s learn a little about policing, in general, colonial policing and Kenyan policing. Sources Amnesty International, Police Reform in Kenya: “A Drop In The   Ocean” (2013) Bruce Chtalu, The Challenges   Related To Police Reforms In Kenya: A Survey Of Nairobi County, Kenya, (2011) Clive Emsley, Policing the empire / Policing the metropole: Some thoughts on models   and types (2014) David Whitehouse, Origins of the Police (2014) Douglas Lucas Kivoi,   Why violence is a hallmark of Kenyan policing. And what needs to change  (2020) Emma Bell, Normalising the exceptional : British colonial policing cultures come   home (2013) Independent Police Oversight Authority   (IPOA) Strategic   Plan 2019-2024 International Centre for Transitional   Justice, The Persistent and   Widespread Need for Police Reform: Lessons from Kenya’s Police Vetting   Process  (2020) J. Oloka-Onyango, Police Powers, Human Rights, and the State in Kenya and Uganda: A   Comparative Analysis (1990) Jill Lepore, The Invention of the Police (2020) Martin Thomas, Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers and   Protest in the European Colonial Empires, 1918–1940 (2012) Sam Mitrani, The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and   Poor People, Not ‘Serve and Protect’ (2015) Sarah Johnson, ‘The wounds won’t heal’: Kenya’s agonising wait for   justice on killings by police (2020)
46:40
September 01, 2021
That Vodou that You Do
The Voodoo that you do is not that Vodou that Haitians do. So let’s drop the pin dolls, the skulls and possession and learn about Vodou (with a “u”); a religious belief with millions of adherents around the world, and the reason why Haiti successfully orchestrated a successful slave revolt and built the worlds' first black Republic. Along the way, we'll chart Vodou's path through Haiti's history, from 1492 to the Present Sources Cain Stoneking, The Decline of the Tainos, 1492-1542: A Re-Vision (2009) Chris Woolf, When America occupied Haiti(2015) Eliza Kamerling-Brown, More Than a Misunderstood Religion: Rediscovering Vodou as a Tool of Survival and a Vehicle for Independence in Colonial Haiti (2016) Guilberly Louissaint, What is Haitian Voodoo? (2009) John Merrill, Vodou and Political Reform in Haiti: Some Lessons for the International Community (1996) Kim Wall and Caterina Clerici, Vodou is elusive and endangered, but it remains the soul of Haitian people (2015) Laurent Dubois, Vodou and History (2001) Louise Fenton, Representations of Voodoo: The history and influence of Haitian Vodou within the cultural productions of Britain and America since 1850 (2009) Mike Dash, The Trial That Gave Vodou A Bad Name (2013) Mike Mariani, The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies (2015) Renee Morgan Goodridge, Haitian Vodou as a Means of Resiliency (2018) Saumya Arya Haas, What is Voodoo? Understanding a Misunderstood Religion (2011) Sharon Guynup, Haiti: Possessed by Voodoo (2004) The Pluralism Project (Harvard University), Vodou, Serving the Spirits (2020) Tim Johnson, How voodoo is rebuilding Haiti (2015) Timothy J Yeager, Encomienda or Slavery? The Spanish Crown's Choice of Labor Organization in Sixteenth-Century Spanish America (1995) University of Michigan, Haiti & the Truth about Zombies
47:48
August 18, 2021
The Colony that Never Was - Part II
We've spoken about Ethiopia's early days and how it contributed to victory at Adwa in the 19th Century. Today, we cover the three monarchs who shaped modern-day Ethiopia, the Battle of Adwa and the legacy of Ethiopia's victory.  Sources: Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, UK museum to return lock of hair of Ethiopia's Emperor Tewodros I(March 2019) Alistair Boddy-Evans, Countries in Africa Considered Never Colonized (September 2020) Anke Wanger, The Biblical Canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (2012) David M Perry and Matthew Gabriele, A New History Changes the Balance of Power Between Ethiopia and Medieval Europe (June 2021) Donald Crummey, Tewordros as Reformer and Modernizer (1969) Gareth Austin, Sub-Saharan Africa in, Joerg Baten A History of the Global Economy – From 1500 to the President (2016) Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott "Aithiops". Iris Gerlach, The Great Temple of Yeha (Ethiopia) (November 2017) Joshua Keating, Lessons from the Uncolonized (April 2013) Marjolein ‘t Hart – Why was Ethiopia not colonized during the late-nineteenth-century ‘Scramble for Africa’? in Joerg Baten A History of the Global Economy – From 1500 to the President (2016) Mohammed Girma, The Ethiopian king who shot himself rather than be captured by the British(March 2019) Overly Sarcastic Productions, History Summarized: Ethiopia (March, 2020) Raymond Jonas, The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (2011) Taye Assefa, Tewodros In Ethiopian Historical Fiction(July 1983) Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, The Battle of Adwa: an Ethiopian victory that ran against the current of colonialism (February 2020)
38:34
August 04, 2021
Ethiopia: The Colony that Never Was (Part 1)
Let’s talk about Ethiopia; the only empire in which the sun has never set. With a history dating back to the Bible, and a legacy of thwarting colonial ambition, it’s time we recognise the Lion of Africa. Support this Podcast: https://anchor.fm/utajuahujui/support | Instagram: @utajuahujui.pod Sources: Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, UK museum to return lock of hair of Ethiopia's Emperor Tewodros I (March 2019) Alistair   Boddy-Evans, Countries   in Africa Considered Never Colonized (September 2020) Anke   Wanger, The   Biblical Canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (2012) David M   Perry and Matthew Gabriele,   A New History Changes the Balance of Power Between Ethiopia and Medieval   Europe (June 2021) Donald Crummey, Tewordros as Reformer and Modernizer (1969) Gareth   Austin, Sub-Saharan Africa in, Joerg Baten A History of the Global Economy –   From 1500 to the President (2016) Henry   George Liddell and Robert Scott "Aithiops". Iris Gerlach,   The   Great Temple of Yeha (Ethiopia) (November 2017) Joshua   Keating, Lessons   from the Uncolonized (April 2013) Marjolein   ‘t Hart – Why was Ethiopia not colonized during the late-nineteenth-century   ‘Scramble for Africa’? in Joerg Baten A History of the Global Economy –   From 1500 to the President (2016) Mohammed Girma, The Ethiopian king who shot himself rather than be captured by the   British (March 2019) Overly   Sarcastic Productions, History   Summarized: Ethiopia (March, 2020) Raymond   Jonas, The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (2011) Taye Assefa, Tewodros In Ethiopian Historical Fiction (July 1983) Yirga   Gelaw Woldeyes, The   Battle of Adwa: an Ethiopian victory that ran against the current of   colonialism (February 2020)
30:52
July 21, 2021
Puff Puff Pass
We all know the rule; puff puff pass. No one likes a hogger. But what if you're "puff puff passing" are a series of problematic drug control policies that overwrite traditional practices, and cement a system of class and race oppression? Let’s find out. Sources: Alyssa Pagano, How racism contributed to marijuana prohibition in the US (March 2021) Chris S Duvall, A brief agricultural history of cannabis in Africa, from prehistory to canna-colony (April 2019) Chris S Duvall, Cannabis and Tobacco in Precolonial and Colonial Africa Chapter (March 2017) John Hudak, Marijuana’s racist history shows the need for comprehensive drug reform(June, 2020) Kojo Koram, The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line (2019) Little Henry Lee, Land of Dope and Glory: Cannabis and the British Empire (July 2012) Mariah Woelfel, Pot? Weed? Marijuana? What Should We Call It? (September 2019) MaryJane; A Gateway Drug? – US National Institute on Drug Abuse, Marijuana Research Report(2020) Matthew Herbert, Review: Africa and the War on Drugs (2013) NO IS NOT AN OPTION. THE STRANGEST SECRET IN THE WAR ON DRUGS– Transform Drug Policy Foundation Virginia Comolli and Claudia Hofmann, Modernizing Drug Law Enforcement Report 6 (September 2013)
42:54
July 07, 2021
“unAfrican?” Queer Pre-colonial Africa
We often hear that homosexuality is “unAfrican” and a Western import. But how true is this (hint: it isn’t). To support queer activist projects in Africa, please consider donating to, or following (giving a S/O) to: GALCK Kenya | INEND Kenya | Freedom and Roam Uganda | Association of LGBTI People in Zimbabwe (GALZ) | LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana) | LGBT Voice Tanzania If you are a queer person of faith in Kenya and would like to be part of a community that accepts and embraces your queerness, check out Cosmopolitan Affirming Community – issa church. Sources: Alok Gupta, This Alien Legacy; The Origins of "Sodomy" Laws in British Colonialism (Human Rights Watch) Binta Bajaha, Postcolonial Amnesia: The Construction of Homosexuality as ‘un-African’ Bisi Alimi, If you say being gay is not African, you don’t know your history Boris Bertolt, The invention of heterosexuality in Africa Busangokwakhe Dlamini, Homosexuality in the African Context (2006) 67 Agenda 128 – 136. George Paul Meiu, Colonialism and Sexuality (2015) Keletso Makofane, Unspoken facts: a history of homosexualities in Africa, 2013 15(1) Culture, Health and Sexuality, p.114 – 116. Leah Buckle, African Sexuality and the Legacy of Imported Homophobia Limakatso K Kendall: “’When a Woman Loves a Woman’: In Lesotho: Love, Sex, and the (Western) Construction of Homophobia.” Maxim Ananyev and Michael Poyker, Christian missions and anti-gay attitudes in Africa (2020) Okafor Samuel Okechi, The Indigenous Concept of Sexuality in African Tradition and Globalization(2018) 6(1) Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine Rita Schäfer & Eva Range, The Political Use of Homophobia Human Rights and Persecution of LGBTI Activists in Africa (2014) The Black Youth Project (2019), Comic: Queer Folks Existed in Pre-Colonial Africa and y’all can stay mad, University of New York, Albany Queering History, Queering Africa, University of New York Albany Wairimũ Ngarũiya Njambi and William E. O'Brien, Revisiting "Woman-Woman Marriage": Notes on Gĩkũyũ Women(2000) Zahrah Z Devji, Forging Paths for the African Queer: Is There an “African” Mechanism for Realizing LGBTIQ Rights?
46:26
June 23, 2021
Wives of the Leopard
Today, we learn about the women who inspired the Dora Mijale in Marvel’s Black Panther (2018); the Ahosi of Dahomey. Wives of the Leopard. Support this podcast: anchor.fm/utajuahujui/support Bibliography Stanley Bernard Alpern, Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey (New York: New York University Press, 1998), Robin Law, The ‘Amazons’ of Dahomey, 39 Paidenuma Bd. 1993, 245- 260, 247 Dr. Oyeronke Oyewumi The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourse (Minnesota, Minnesota University Press, 1997) Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Amazons of Dahomey, 5 August 2015 < https://www.iheart.com/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history-cl-21124503/episode/the-amazons-of-dahomey-30207780/> accessed 22 Feb 2021 Lize Okoh, Meet the Dahomey Amazons: The All-Female Warriors of West Africa, Culture Trip 2018 accessed 22 Feb 2021 Mike Dash, Dahomey’s Women Warriors (Smithsonianmag.com, 23 September 2011) accessed 22 Feb 2021 @alokvmenon, https://www.instagram.com/p/CLAW4W4BmWy/
42:06
June 09, 2021
Misery Loves Company - The Happy Valley Set
The Aberdare region of Kenya was the setting for a hedonism last seen in the Wolf of Wallstreet. Known as the “Happy Valley,” the Happy Valley Set were a group of white settlers who turned Kenya into their personal playground. Replete with drink, drugs, and sex. Utajua hujui, the story of the Happy Valley. Sources: https://oldafricamagazine.com/what-brought-lord-delamere-to-kenya/ https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/magazine/the-delameres-open-up-their-home-and-hearts-1403010 https://therake.com/stories/happy-valley-set/ https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-101230 Nicolas Best, Happy Valley Set: The Story of the English in Kenya Juliet Barnes, The Ghosts of the Happy Valley Juanita Carberry, Child of Happy Valley Connect With Me on Instagram @utajuahujui.pod
34:51
May 26, 2021
Tree-son in the British Empire
A tree under arrest?! Yes, you read that right! Join me to learn about this tree-mendous story about Banyan Tree and Officer James Squid. To connect with me follow me on @utajuahujui.pod on Instagram and suggest topics there! Also support us on - https://anchor.fm/aileen-waitaaga-kimuhu Intro Music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/the-lost-files/why-wait Sources https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/03/this-chained-century-old-tree-in-pakistan-is-a-perfect-metaphor-for-colonialism/ https://tribune.com.pk/story/301002/frontier-crimes-regulation-centuries-old-law-will-take-time-to-reform https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/17-Jun-2016/this-tree-has-been-under-arrest-for-the-past-118-years https://loweringthebar.net/2016/11/tree-not-arrested.html
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May 12, 2021
Kenya Vision 1920
Before Vision 2030 and the Big 4, there was Kenya Vision 1920. A white settler’s dream complete with legal segregation, underpaid African labour and white minority rule. Grab a drink, and let’s talk about Kenya Vision 1920! To connect with me follow me on @utajuahujui.pod on Instagram and suggest topics there! Also, support us on - https://anchor.fm/aileen-waitaaga-kimuhu Intro Music:  https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/the-lost-files/why-wait Sources The Search for a Zionist Settlement in Kenya, 1902 – 1905 by Mwangi-Wa-Githumo The British in Kenya (1952-1960) Analysis of a successful counterinsurgency Campaign by John Alexander McConnell. Norman Leys, The Colour Bar in East Africa (1941) Racial and social zoning in African cities from colonization to postindependence by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch Ghosts of colonial segregation haunt Nairobi and Dar es Salaam - https://newafricanmagazine.com/25738/ Visions of colonial Nairobi: William Simpson, health, segregation and the problems of ordering a plural society, 1907-1921< https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/preview/942036/Greenwood%20Visions%20of%20Col%20Nairobi-SHM.pdf>
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April 28, 2021
Peak Colonialism: Leopold II of Belgium
Grab a drink and join me as we discuss the living embodiment of colonial ambition; Leopold II of Belgium! A man famed for ruling over a twelfth of the African Continent with as much care as a spoiled child looking over their phone. And with similar results.  Intro music: Why Wait by Ketsa. Host: Me!
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April 11, 2021