Hawa Gaya


About Hawa Gaya

Lawyer, lover of the environment and a beliver in peaceful dispute settlement

Social Media And Peace: Lessons From Kenya

The words of former United States President Abraham Lincoln, “government of the people for the people and by the people,” have become the go-to definition of democracy by many. The majority make decisions that bind not only themselves but also the minority. In 2017, Kenyans once again go to the […]


Peace The Pepsi Way

Soda means different things to different people. For some, it is the cheaper option to an energy drink. For health-conscious mothers, it is a no-go zone, especially for their young children, because of the amounts of sugar in it. Others have interesting theories about its proclaimed use as a hair […]


The Rule Of The Gun

When I was young(er) one of my teachers asked everyone in my class what we wanted to be when we were older. This is a question that almost everyone if not everyone is asked at some point in their life. Doctor, nurse, neurosurgeon (because Ben Carson’s “Think Big” and “Gifted […]


Kenya’s Path Towards A Government Of The People, For The People, And By The People

It seems to have become the new normal for Kenya to suffer drought and famine year in year out. It begins with heavy sporadic rains that lead to floods that bring down buildings, making roads impassable and worse sweeping people and animals away. Phase one and then comes phase two. […]


Africa’s Battle With Humanitarian Crises

17 years into the 21st century and the African continent has yet to shed the image of despair and destitution that the rest of the world has of it. Speaking to the Security Council on the 11th of March 2017, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 […]


The Road To A New Somalia

‘Confessions of  Kenyan Uber Taxi Driver’ is a piece by Charles ‘Chanchori’ Ndegwa, a young African writer, poet and lawyer that took social media in Kenya by storm. Ndegwa narrates an experience of an Uber (taxi) driver who met a soldier whose life had been thrown into chaos thanks to […]


Ambassador Amina Mohamed’s Defeat At The African Union: Lessons Learned

The Swahili have a saying, “yaliyopita si ndwele, tugange yaliyopo na yajayo.” What the saying means is that the past is in the past and what one should focus on is the present and the future. Not in any way to say that the past should simply be forgotten and […]


Peace, Conflict, And Fake News

The 21st century is no doubt the century in which information technology rose to its peak. Social media has also grown in popularity with platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope, and others, which are taking the scene by storm. This is the century that has witnessed the growth […]


Dealing With The Gambian Stalemate

On December 1st, 2016, Gambia, the small West African country bound by Senegal, whose population is about 2.1 million people went to the polls. On the 2nd, the President, Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat to his opponent, now President-elect Adama Barrow. Jammeh stated that the election was “the most transparent election […]


2017: The Key To Peaceful Elections In Kenya

It has been a few days since the world ushered in a new year. For Kenya, it is not only a new year but also an election year. In August, the country goes to the polls to elect a new batch of leaders, but the road to the elections is […]