Some Kenyan Funk

I am loving everything about Eric Wainaina’s new single Selina. The song’s about a guy who wants marry a beautiful girl, and rescue her from an abusive relationship. Quick intro for my non-Kenyan readers: Eric Wainaina is a Kenyan singer-songwriter that’s been on the scene for close to 20 years. His music blends afrofusion, Kenyan […]

Musings on Kenya’s GDP Statistical Revision

Several African countries have been revising the numbers they use to calculate their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ghana led the pack in 2010 with a 60% upward GDP revision, and now Nigeria boasts a revised GDP of 510 billion dollars, almost double her previously reported GDP—a staggering number compared to other African countries. This makes Nigeria the […]

Halfway Through!

After such an inadvertently long blogging hiatus, I’m back. The last two months of my life have been haphazard, with some deadlines, some travel and some disillusionment. That is where the true test of blogging consistency comes… I’m now exactly halfway through my doctoral studies. Another existential crisis has set in. Actually, it seems like these crises […]

Latest book acquisitions

I now own a personal copy of Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter’s book “An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change”. I feel like I have officially recruited myself into the world of evolutionary economics, or at least, an evolutionary perspective on technological change. Hopefully their ‘appreciative theorising’ gives me clearer insight on the economic and sociological aspects […]

Inclusive innovation

Two truths about innovation: it directly contributes to economic development positively. However, innovation can also inhibit equitable development, at least in the short term. How does innovation lead to development? We create better products, put them on the market, and if they appeal to consumers, they will adopt them to substitute older, inefficient products. Competition […]