James Karuga

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James Karuga is a freelance business and science journalist from Nairobi, Kenya. He has written for Reuters, Business Daily Africa, Spore Magazine, How We Made It in Africa, Think Africa Press, and the UN's Making It magazine, among others. He largely reports on agriculture, health, rural entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation within East Africa. He has also won two awards for outstanding reporting on agriculture presented by Future Agricultures Consortium UK and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation Netherlands.

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Meet Bernard Kiwia: Tanzania’s Top Inventor and Father of Rural Innovation

You could say innovation is in Bernard Kiwia’s blood. His father is a mechanic, and his mother is a tailor. Throughout his childhood, both of them built and designed new things from old materials. From a young age, Kiwia was fascinated by the process of creating something. Rather than buying machines, he developed his own. He’s...


4 Grassroots Innovations From Africa That Are Changing Lives for Good

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” wrote Plato, the famed Greek philosopher. More than 2,000 years later those words still ring true, particularly for Africa. All over the continent, innovators are developing creative solutions to problems that affect millions of people. The media may focus on IT, but innovations in farming, water, and other fields have just...


Wind Power Brings Thousands of Jobs to Kenya — 6 In-Demand, High-Paying Roles

Over the last two years, Kenya has emerged as Africa’s wind power hot spot. In fact, the country has five wind power construction projects in the pipeline, including the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP), touted as Africa’s largest. Upon completion, LTWP is expected to generate 300 megawatts of power and more than 2,700 jobs....


Accelerators Aren’t Just for Startups Anymore: A Nairobi Firm Promises to Supercharge Your Career

For years, Nairobi has been awash with programs geared toward helping organizations and companies achieve their long-term goals. More recently, Kenya’s capital city has also become an information-technology hotspot, where tech accelerators like Nailab and iHub help entrepreneurs get their startups off the ground. But, barring the government-run Kenya National Volunteers Program, there are few...


We Scoured the Web for Legit Online Work That Pays — Here’s What We Found

For many young professionals in East Africa, whether recent graduates or mid-career employees, today’s economy can be tough. Competition for coveted jobs is stiff, and employees are overstretched and underpaid. Fortunately, online jobs offer supplemental income and flexible hours. In these days of the information superhighway, there are thousands of online jobs for the enterprising individual.  Remote work can...


6 Foods to Supercharge Your Workplace Productivity

Famed food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher once said, “First we eat, then we do everything else.” That is true, but a nutritionist would quickly add that it’s not just when you eat, but what you eat that matters, even when it comes to workplace performance. As a young East African professional, what you eat influences...


Want to Get In On Kenya’s Coming Oil Windfall? Go Back to Class

Kenya struck black gold less than three years ago, and already projections of robust job growth and heady salaries are circulating the country. The African country’s oil-rich Turkana Basin is expected to generate a whopping US$10 billion in revenues over three decades, according to research firm GlobalData. This, of course, means jobs — thousands of jobs. A...