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Published: 2 weeks ago

Remembering Freedom

“We will need writers who can remember freedom.” Ursula le Guin It’s hard to hold today’s Kenya in isolation. As the world continues to shape itself, we seem to continue to grasp towards our place within it. As the winds of decolonization, identity and …

Published: 1 month ago

How is This Even a Discussion?

“Disposability is a long word. It speaks about the value of an object within a certain space. Say, for example, the wrapper of the chewing gum that you just had. That is very disposable. Unless  you collect chewing gum wrappers. The idea of disposability …

Published: 2 months ago

Something is Happening

The thing about saying something is happening is that change comes to everyone in its own time. And so to say that something is happening is to forget the millions that it is yet to happen to. It is to forget those who will …

Published: 2 months ago

Where is Kenya? A Review

“Today we commemorate our 54th Birthday as an independent nation.  On this day, 54 years ago, the Union Jack came down and the Kenyan flag went up.” Uhuru Kenyatta, 12th December 2017 (full speech) With these words, a week ago, the president began his …

Published: 3 months ago

Beyond Chants and Slogans

It’s been less than a week since Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president and already we can see the questions slipping slowly into the past. The NSE has been steadily gaining the shilling growing stronger and the political discussion is shrinking. Even the …

Published: 3 months ago

Kati Kati – Somewhere Between Death and Freedom

Spoiler – they all die in the beginning. Actually, no. By the time the movie starts they’re all dead. We set in on Kaleche, who finds herself in the middle of the wilderness. It is through the eyes of Kaleche that the world of …

Published: 4 months ago

Over a Common Pain

As I write this piece I mourn with the Kenya rugby family the deaths of Mike Okombe and Peter Wekesa. May their families find some form of peace in this trying time. It’s been a sad year for Kenya rugby. This weekend, Mike Okombe …

Published: 4 months ago

Towards Freedom

You know that you carry their history. But you also know you don’t carry their scars. And that, you hope, will make all the difference. Burns   On Thursday the 26th of October – according to the Kenya Gazette – there will be a …

Published: 5 months ago

A Supermarket Fell in the Forest

Somewhere between the rise of Carrefour, the fall of Nakumatt and the scramble for space there is an interesting narrative of politics and resource. This narrative that really sells itself hard given recent reports of racism at Carrefour (they have since promised to look …

Published: 5 months ago

Making Room

When we force ourselves to fit within frames as defined by someone else there will always be spaces that we fail to fill. There will always be ways that we aren’t. Ways that we don’t measure up to the defined space – and others …

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