Nairobi, Nairoberry, KaNairo

Nairobi, Nairoberry, KaNairo

7. Akili mjini, nguvu kijijini. Tack that on your walls—and tattooed in your brain. 12. Nairobi is an expensive city—14th overall in Africa. You wake up hivi and KSh. 2,000 is gone. That is the rate to wake up in this city. Nairobi is a designer label sewn into a...
How I Lost My Faith in Church

How I Lost My Faith in Church

Jesus has always been box-office. You can tell by how the church, and in extension, religious organisations have been serving popcornentertainment by falling over themselves, angling to frolic in the corridors of power—from mashinani tomajuu. For a cleric, the hottest...
Mine was an ordinary dad, but his influence was great

Mine was an ordinary dad, but his influence was great

Nobody needs to tell me, but I know when Mother’s Day is approaching. I usually have an Instagram-worthy caption that will accompany the flattering photo I post of my mother when she was a jeune fille, a young lass, before I destroyed her mental health with the kind...
How To Bury a Comrade

How To Bury a Comrade

The first thing to understand when laying down a comrade to rest is that a comrade never rests. They give up the ghost. They kufa. They chew. But they don’t rest. And a comrade is never buried when the sun is at high noon. No. It has to rain. Because rain is the tears...
It’s Time to talk about Kunyonga Monkey in Men

It’s Time to talk about Kunyonga Monkey in Men

So…my English teacher (teacher of English?) is one of those people who made it a criminal offense to start a sentence, much less a paragraph with ‘so..’. I never understood why. The thing is—from a writer’s point of view—is that you can use that word only once (maybe...
Kama Mbaya Mbaya: Wandering in Nairobi

Kama Mbaya Mbaya: Wandering in Nairobi

There is a certain routine of life and I’m willing to blur the lines at the end of it, because as I get older, I have learned that I could be quite rigid, but I understand there are such shades of grey in life as in fiction. For instance, having dreadlocks and running...
Wretched of the Earth

Wretched of the Earth

Look, I like to consider myself a brave, bold and beautiful man. I have applied for jobs the only qualification I had was that I was breathing; I have been sad and still said no to drugs when furaha was kulewa na marafiki. Heck, I have even dated in Nairobi, which if...

Live Your Nightmare: A First Date

Back when I was a highly impressionable young man with a sepia tinted view of the world, I always looked at things in twos. I loved dating, I still do, but I used to, too. I consider this our first date, and I know you are a bit nervous but I want you to know this; I...

Keep Your Nose Out of Your Friends’ Business

How To Advise A Man In Love: Do Not As the old romantic saying almost goes: if you love something, let it go – naturally while retaining a semblance of hope that it will come back. Is there anything left to say about that over-analysed institution, The Couple? What...

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