Night Out
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A Night on the Town

When the government proposed social distancing and staying at home as measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 crisis, there came, as usual, an online war between the introverts and the extroverts. The introverts contended that this was their time …

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Shiundu
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For Shiundu Nikola

Shiundu Nikola, better known as Papa Oketch, is my Baba Mkubwa, my father’s elder brother. He is the first born in his mother’s house and my father is the second. Papa Oketch suddenly and unexpectedly left us on the third …

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Ritual Healer
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The Ritual Healer

Dear Reader, the events I am about to describe here happened way before we knew that such a thing like coronavirus existed. So do not fear that I went against common sense and ignored directives on social distancing. In fact, …

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Eat
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The Less You Talk, the More You Eat, the Better You Will Feel!

My Standard Two class teacher, Mrs. Waweru, made an amendment, or a remix if you like, to the popular nursery rhyme ‘Row, row, row your boat’ when teaching us a lesson on table manners.  This was during those days when …

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Corruption
Posted in Business Culture

Come We Do Corruption

I was standing on the queue of a government office and had been standing on it for three hours now.  The queue was barely moving and I was exhausted.  I was thirsty and hot and in a foul mood.  The …

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Enemies of Progress
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Enemies of Progress

We are our own enemies of progress.

Over the Christmas holidays, a prominent Kenyan professor posted a photograph of himself and his family on a beach holiday in Malindi.  Of course, Kenyans spewed vitriol and venom directed at the …

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Traditions
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How to Kill a Society’s Traditions

If there is one thing the coloniser did most effectively, it was to colonise our minds and kill our traditions.  The colonisers told our parents’ parents that our traditions were repugnant, our beliefs wicked, our social structures immoral and our …

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Crazy Encounters
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Crazy Encounters

I have realised that in this country, we are all kinds of crazy.  Our craziness manifests itself in very diverse ways including, incomprehensible greed, angry outbursts, maniacal tendencies and violent flareups, among others.

I was unfortunate enough to encounter the …

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Helpless Hannah Husband
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Helpless Hannah Husbands

“My husband is a Helpless Hannah!” exclaimed Muni.

This had all started as a casual conversation after we were done with the official business of our chama meeting.  This was not one of the usual chamas where we contributed funds …

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Inside the Frizzy Jungle of a Nairobi Salon

We had never been lucky to have a local salon at Hekima Estate.  This was until two months ago when Shiny Strands Beauty Salon opened its doors just outside the main gate of Hekima Estate.  Prior to that, we …

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