There is much hand-wringing on the state of the Kenyan family. Divorce and marital breakdown is on the rise. Today, stories abound of couples that break up on a whim, even before the ink on their marriage certificates has dried. In fact, a recent nationwide survey by Infotrak showed that about three-quarters (74.4 per cent) of respondents said that today’s couples take marriage as a joke. But what are the longer-term trends? What does the data show, and what is driving these changes?
By Christine MungaiLittle Red is a East African luxury-clothing retailer based in Nairobi that is not only one of the city's iconic stores for high-end menswear, but also among the oldest. Founded by Abdulla Fazal in the early 1950s, the store now is in its fourth generation of operation. The story of this remarkable business isn't just that of the resilience of its owners.
“NO romance without finance”, it is said, and when R&B singer Gwen Guthrie recorded this mega hit in 1986, it generated a storm of controversy, accused of promoting materialism and ‘gold diggers’. But Guthrie herself said that the song — whose title is actually “Ain’t Nothin’ Going On But The Rent” — was not intended to suggest that a man only requires money to be dateable, or to make a relationship work.