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Allan Olingo

Allan Olingo is The Fuller Project's East Africa Bureau Chief, based in Nairobi. Previously, he was the Group News Editor, Print and Broadcast for Nation Media Group, where he led the integrated Newsdesk in delivering digital-first news to Kenyan audiences.  Prior to that, he was News Editor at The EastAfrican, where he was responsible for gathering and analyzing facts on newsworthy events through interviews and investigations, covering business, diplomacy and foreign policy news across Africa. In this role, he managed a team of 70 correspondents in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

Allan's experience spans eleven years in print and digital media with a focus on business, technology, diplomacy and human interest beats in East Africa and Africa. He has also held various positions within the Nation Media Group as a senior reporter for The EastAfrican, Bureau Chief and Breaking News Editor for the Daily Nation.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science in Digital Audience Strategy from Arizona State University.  He is also an alumni of the Bloomberg Media Initiative from the Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya and an alumni of the United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)-2020.

Kenya, others risk erasing slow progress in reducing ‘period poverty’

After leading the world in nixing taxes on period products, Kenya lawmakers tried to push through a back-door tax that ignited protests.

BBC Tea exposé: Lobby groups want alleged abuser out of tea board elections

John Chebochok is contesting an election on June 28, as regional director of the Kenya Tea Development Agency.

East Africa’s Finance Bills deal heavy blow to women’s wallets

Proposed tax measures in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania on sanitary pads, diapers, second-hand clothes, and fuel will disproportionately burden women, especially those running informal businesses or from low-income households.

From drought to floods: Climate crisis after crisis keeps women on edge in East Africa

Unprecedented flooding has killed more than 500 people — disproportionately harming women, who are preparing for droughts to follow

East Africa’s second-hand clothes markets – a major source of work for women – are under threat

How Uganda used clothes (Mitumba) traders are struggling to survive under the weight of changing domestic and foreign policies.

 Tea companies have agreed to slow mechanization after Kenya protests – but for how long?

As automation hits women’s jobs, unions in Kenya fight back.

‘We want accountability’ – As femicide deaths surge, Kenyan women demand an end to violence

After thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest the spike in gender-based murder, calls to protect women grow.

Reporter’s Notebook: Kenya’s tea sector is automating fast, pushing women workers into a financial crisis.

30,000 women have lost their jobs in Kenya’s tea sector in the last five years due to automation — now they’re struggling to get by.

Women workers at high risk from automation

In Kenya’s tea plantations, labor activists say thirty thousand women have lost their jobs as a result of automation — they represent a broader global trend, with experts saying women are more likely than men…
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