Hawa Gaya

About Hawa Gaya

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

Kenyan Political Dialogue: Seeing Both Sides of the Coin

The Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to cancel the August 8th general election that saw incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner has received mixed reactions. Some lauded it as a bold decision to make and as a landmark in restoring faith in the country’s justice system. Others have however criticized it […]

Even In Difference There Is Likeness

As a person that bores easily, I am a huge fan of difference. Not the crazy kind of difference, the good kind. The crazy kind of difference is the kind that leads to a fanaticism that more often than not is dangerous because it is blinding. And because I am […]

Message From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, And The Mudslide In Sierra Leone

Once upon a time, on June 14th, a son was born to an American real estate developer and philanthropist and his immigrant wife. That boy grew up into a fine young man that went on to have several families of his own; even following in his father’s footsteps and marrying […]

Why We Must Keep Voting

‘I Will Never Vote Again’. This is the title of an article by Ferdinand Bada. As I read those five words I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was sad and disappointed and on the other, I was okay, just okay. It was to be expected. No surprise […]

Learning From Frank Sinatra, Kenya, And Elections 2017

A person I know once said that “ukitaka kusomea siasa waangalie Wakenya. Utasoma kisomo kisicho na mwisho,” which means that anyone that would like to be a student of politics should watch the political scene in Kenya, they would gain unending knowledge. I was young(er) then and, like many people, […]

Made In Africa

I have heard many say that ‘adulting’ is no fun. It means being more aware of the happenings of the world, a job, taxes, thinking about ends meeting, and basically, responsibility, for some that is. Many others either have the pleasure of remaining children, even after physically becoming adults, or […]

Intolerant Because…

One of my good friends recommended a book to me. Then he nagged and nagged, and finally, I gave in just to stop the nagging. The moment I began reading the book I could not put it down. I read and read, page after page, chapter after chapter experiencing all […]

Terrorism Redefined

In February 2016, at a security conference in Munich, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was asked to comment on an article in The Atlantic, by Graeme Wood stating that despite the Minister’s comments on previous occasions, the Islamic State was indeed Islamic. In response, the Foreign Minister […]

Smiley-ing Our Way To Peace

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, that phrase needs to be edited to accommodate one of technology’s best gifts to the world of communication: emojis. The word does not exist in the English dictionary; even Microsoft Word gets mad and underlines it in red whenever […]