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Published: 1 week 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: 2 weeks 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: 1 month 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: 2 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: 2 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 …

Published: 2 months 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 months 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: 3 months 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: 4 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: 5 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 …

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