Derrick Wachaya

Writer Nairobi, Kenya

I’m Derrick (He/Him), a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya. Currently I write about trending topics and major issues affecting Africa for Thred, specifically concerning SDGs. View my Twitter here if you’d like to send me feedback.

Derrick is a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya. While in High School, I did a bit of French but till now I juggle with pronunciations and am still terrible at it.

Immediately after my undergrad I joined a communications company as a Social Media Community Management intern. During my studies I received training in animation. My new love for visual communication could be my next big venture – well, when I decide to explore it fully!

Currently I write about trending topics and major issues affecting Africa for Thred, specifically concerning SDGs. My aim is to raise awareness on the work being done right now to make a positive and prosperous future a reality! Oh, and I love good music, that’s my therapy, even when I’m writing.

Latest Stories from Derrick

Understanding Nigeria’s northern region kidnappings

Understanding Nigeria’s northern region kidnappings

WARNING: This article discusses acts of violence and sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised. Across Northern Nigeria, kidnappings have become a source of income for local criminal gangs targeting school children for huge ransoms. At the beginning of this year, a number of hostages, mostly women and children, were released after two months of abduction by bandits. Kidnappings have become a worrying trend in Nigeria, mostly in the north-western region of...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Ethiopian civilians killed in Tigray drone strike

Ethiopian civilians killed in Tigray drone strike

Ethiopia has been facing a humanitarian crisis for more than a year. Monday and Tuesday’s drone strikes have killed and wounded more women and children according to local reports. Over the past two days, Ethiopia’s war-stricken region, Tigray, has experienced drone strikes killing 19 people and injuring dozens. On Monday, in Mai Tsebri town, a deadly attack left 17 people dead at a flour mill, with dozens injured and 16 donkeys...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Sudan’s prime minister resigns amid mass protests over military dictatorship

Sudan’s prime minister resigns amid mass protests over military dictatorship

January 1st 2022 marked 66 years of Sudan’s independence. The following day, prime minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned - leaving the military in full control. On Sunday 2nd January, prime minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation as the head of the civilian government. In an evening televised address, Mr. Hamdok said, ‘I have tried my best to stop the country from sliding into disaster. Sudan is now crossing a dangerous turning point...

By Nairobi, Kenya
New HIV infections among African Gen Zers pose health threat

New HIV infections among African Gen Zers pose health threat

According to the UNAIDS, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most vulnerable to continuous new HIV infections among young people from 15 - 24 years. Despite efforts made by international bodies and governments to control HIV infections, the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed progress significantly. Last month, The UNAIDS warned the world could face 7.7 million AIDS related deaths in a 10-year period. Usual prevention and treatment services were hugely disrupted by the...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Understanding the African malaria problem

Understanding the African malaria problem

Malaria killed more than 600,000 people in 2020, according to a WHO report, with Africa being home to 95% of cases. The approved RTS,S vaccine could help change that. The approval of the world’s first malaria vaccine RTS,S is a major breakthrough in the fight against a disease predominantly affecting African citizens. This new vaccine could help save tens of thousands of young children, and requires four doses given after five...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Pregnant girls to be allowed back to school after birth in Tanzania

Pregnant girls to be allowed back to school after birth in Tanzania

On Wednesday, Tanzania lifted a ban on pregnant students and teenage mothers continuing with their studies that had been in place for 19 years.   Speaking in Dodoma, Tanzania’s Education Minister Prof Joyce Ndalichako said the government will allow all students who dropped out of school due to pregnancy related issues and other reasons to resume classes. The Ministry further assured that the affected students could resume school within a two-year...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Ethiopia: Sexual violence against women and girls amid conflict

Ethiopia: Sexual violence against women and girls amid conflict

Amnesty International’s new report says military forces are subjecting women and girls to sexual violence - which is considered a war crime by the UN. Trigger warning: This article contains details of violent acts and sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised. A recent report released by Amnesty International states that Ethiopian Forces, Eritrean Forces, the Amhara Regional Police Special Force, and a militia group called Fano, have subjected hundreds...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Are Africa’s relentless coups eroding democracy?

Are Africa’s relentless coups eroding democracy?

In the last five years, ten of all eleven recorded global military coups were in Africa, potentially diminishing the effectiveness of democracy in the long-term. Just this year alone, there have been successful military takeovers in Chad, Mali, Guinea, and most recently in East Africa, Sudan. Africa’s democracy is being threatened by these ongoing coups, caused largely by less-then-stellar governance from democratically elected leaders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoYsmHfgW_Y After most African countries gained independence, military coups...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Can COP26 reduce the threat of climate change in Africa?

Can COP26 reduce the threat of climate change in Africa?

Despite Africa contributing the least to greenhouse gas emissions of all continents, it remains the most threatened when it comes to climate change. Africa remains the most endangered continent from climate change according to reports by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report mainly highlights climate change risks to human health, extreme drought, flooding, water, and food security, which directly affects Africa’s biggest economy - agriculture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5JKdNKdud4 This year’s ongoing COP26 summit...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Digital currency makes its way to Nigeria with the launch of eNaira

Digital currency makes its way to Nigeria with the launch of eNaira

Nigeria, Africa’s economic powerhouse, has just rolled out its digital eNaira currency, the first of its kind for the region. On Monday, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari launched a new digitized model of the Naira currency, known as the eNaira. This launch comes shortly after Nigeria became the second largest country to trade in peer-to-peer Bitcoin after the US, and after Central Bank banned financial institutions from dealing with local...

By Nairobi, Kenya