Kenya: Taking It Personally with Wangari Maathai, James Orengo & Amina Bakari

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There are some things you know that you must not be silent about. Sitting in her Kenyan homestay as an exchange student , Christina Fleming set the intention to share the Kenyan peoples' stories in their own voice. You will hear from several Kenyan leaders as well as a common Nairobi family sitting in their living room. Guest host Christina Fleming engages us in stories that shape strength and courage, that reveal the multi-layered history which has shaped contemporary Africa. Included in this program is an interview with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recepient, Wangari Maathai. You are invited to feel the struggle, commitment and sacrifice of Kenyans, who are fighting for freedom and basic human rights. Kenyans give their perspectives (rarely heard in western media) on colonialism, globalization and environmentalism. (hosted by Christina Fleming)


Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was arecepient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of Time's Hero of the Planet, and the Rightlivelyhood Award

James Orengo has been a member of the Kenyan Parliament since the early eighties and was detained because of his involvement with an Opposition political party

Amina Bakari is the daughter of a Mau Mau revolutionary, and a mother of twelve children.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How globalization is woven into the daily life of Kenyan families
  • How colonialism still effects the Kenyan government's contemporary policies almost 30 years after independence
  • What is the role detention played in silencing those who spoke against the government
  • How spirituality and the environment are interrelated
Host: Christina Fleming       Interview Date: 7/1/2000       Program Number: 2914