Being a Kenyan

Published: 11/Jan/2010
Source: African Arguments

By Muthoni Wanyeki

Imagine this. You are a woman born and brought up in Kenya. Kenya is the only home you have ever known. You believe yourself to be Kenyan. But, when you apply for your passport, you have to prove not only your birth here but your descent from or marriage to a Kenyan man. You realise, for the first time, that your citizenship, which you had always taken for granted the means through which you access all facets of the state (such as they are) is wholly dependent on your relationship to Kenyan men.

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Themes: Discrimination, Gender, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2010