On the way to Southern Africa

Last preparations for my trip to Southern Africa (Mozambique). Had contact with friends in Maputo and one of the people who are involved in the Limpopo Trans Frontier Parc. A village of 20.000 people

Businessman shot at roadblock

The sun is back in Nairobi today. Papers, strong black morning coffee and the newspapers. Clashes yesterday in Uhuru Kenyatta’s home town Gatundu. A businessman was shot at a roadblock. The man was innocent,

Mama matunda disappeared

After Swahili lessons this morning would meet a friend at Mama Matunda (‘Mama Fruit’). I go there for a bowl of fresh mango, pineapple, melon and avocado almost each day. Healthy and cheap lunch.

Rain in Nairobi

This morning the rain was pouring down on Nairobi’s streets. Rain completely disturbs society here. Bad roads, bad drainage are the main reasons of the streets changing into rivers. Matatus get stuck in the

African Weblog

Welcome to Arjen Westra’s Blog. Arjen is freelance Africa journalist, travelling the continent and publishing stories in Dutch and Belgium-based newspapers and magazines since 2002. On this place, you can read about his where

Nairobi morning

Got up around 6.21 am this morning, as usual. Having strong black coffee and reading the Kenyan newspapers. They are writing about the Media Conference in Nairobi. African people blame the media for giving

Stalls destroyed.

Stalls where destroyed in the night. According to Nairobi City Council because thieves where hiding in the stalls. ‘They came at two last night’, a lady told me. ‘Soldiers of the special forces where