Agunda Okeyo is program and development manager for ‘STOP the BULLET!’ at the Duara Foundation—a peace initiative in the Mathare Valley ghetto of Nairobi, Kenya. She was born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. She has called New York City home for more than 20 years and proudly considers herself a Pan-African New Yorker. Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about U.S. society, systemic oppression, and strategies for transformation. Such panoramic awareness has shaped her professional experience with organizations such as the National Council for Research on Women and Cultural Survival. Before working with the Duara Foundation, she worked at NYC based progressive think tank Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action. An alumna of Smith College with a degree in sociology, Okeyo’s academic learning and professional experience motivate her writing on inequality in America. In 2013, she plans to publish her first book on the nature of systemic inequality in the United States, primarily critical of formal education. She seeks to share her knowledge and experience with the growing African Diaspora to bolster positive prospects for the future.
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The author goes beneath the Western stereotypes of African politics to explain what's at stake for women and all citizens in the upcoming elections in Kenya. More »