Intelligent. Kenyan.

Published: 1 week ago

Opening Up

If there is a way I have failed my masculinity, it has been by way of omission. I keep returning to this idea of toxic masculinity. I keep returning to the correlation between toxicity and survival – this still remains too complicated a strand …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Book Review: Visual Voices, the Work of over 50 contemporary Artists in Kenya

If a painting is worth a thousand words then it would take a novel about the length of Atlas Shrugged to even begin to write a review of Visual Voices. Put together by Footprints press the collection covers over 400 pieces of work from …

Published: 1 month ago

Against Hope: An Electoral Story

A man in Kisumu is wailing. He will have to be my proxy as it’s easier to write about someone else’s tears. He is not wailing because Raila Odinga lost this election. That is what a cynical, narrow view of Kenyan politics would say. …

Published: 2 months ago

Getting Ours

“How can you lay claim to something that isn’t yours?” the question is posed to me with a whimsical smile. The conversation began with a question about the kiondo, how it ended up with a Japanese patent from 1984. There are many ways that …

Published: 2 months ago

Revolutionary Type Love

“The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free But you live with the fear of just being me Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be No harm for them, no harm for me But life is …

Published: 3 months ago

Towards Survival

Now this is the Law of the Jungle as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth …

Published: 3 months ago

Why Coal? Why Now?

There’s a story somewhere about about a child who was watching their mum cook. “Mum,” the child asked, “Why do we always throw out the liver?” The mother had not really given it much thought. Only when asked did she realise that she only …

Published: 4 months ago

Unburdening

“Unpacking is heavy. Unpacking is always heavy. And when the things we have carried around lay themselves bare on the ground to be watched one of two things happen. Either we are made by them and begin the path of leaving them behind or, …

Published: 4 months ago

Hiding in the Nuance

Humanity exists in the nuance. Perhaps this is what Chimamanda Adichie tries to talk about when she speaks of the danger of a single story. Or what Teju Cole is trying to say when he talks about the problem with first world problems. Simple …

Published: 5 months ago

Waving at Trains

People wave at trains. This is the only form of transportation that people wave at. Not just children, adults as well. People stare at the train as it passes by always scanning as if looking for something, and with a particular curiosity.  Part of …

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