Intelligent. Kenyan.

Published: 1 week ago

Hearing Questions

When is a question valid? Or, more directly, when are which questions valid? And how do we navigate (in)valid questions? This then turns into a question on community. And because different communities have different assumed forms of knowledge – then some questions become violent …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Staying Soft

“In effect, this means that speaking one’s truth becomes an action of laying one bare. An action of putting the self on the line. Putting the self in the line of possible violence.” On truths Something about vulnerability and safe spaces keeps coming back …

Published: 1 month ago

What Exactly are you Voting For?

A fortnight ago we talked about apathy – and what it means to be asked to vote. Especially in Kenya now, as doctors are being jailed for asking for better health. And, as Gathara eloquently puts it, that is the least of our problems. …

Published: 2 months ago

Now What?

State (noun): a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government. Kenya is a state. It has geographical territory of 581,309.881 square kilometres and a population of approximately 44 million people. These people are organized under a central government with …

Published: 2 months ago

This Might be a Problem: A Review

When a journal makes a call for speculative fiction they are rarely expecting a single type of story.  This is to say if you ask minds to wander they are often going to wander in different directions from each other – even when they …

Published: 3 months ago

The Year of Finding New Paths to our Freedom(s)

We close the year to a doctor’s strike that has no end in sight and a call from the opposition that there will be civil action early in 2017. In many ways, the world seems grim. Our president himself told us this year that there …

Published: 4 months ago

Against Memory

It is the dignity of the patient that underscores all this. Tabu Robert In case you missed it, doctors are on strike. It’s possible you may have missed it because *your* doctor is not on strike – but doctors are on strike. And it’s …

Published: 4 months ago

Reading Migritude

“It began as a teardrop in Babylon” How Ambi Became Paisley, Migritude, Shailja Patel. Dagoretti corner was the great corner. Tenwek is so named because it took ten weeks to walk there. We know these stories. We have told them to each other many …

Published: 5 months ago

Open Letter to an African Writer

Dear Friend, I know this letter may come as a surprise to you. And I do not blame you. I have been largely absent. However, I think that I need to talk to you about this thing you call identity, with particular respect to …

Published: 5 months ago

Commune Again

It’s difficult to be angered anew by the world every day. It’s not that there is nothing that is happening to generate anger. Rather, it’s more that there are things happening constantly. Thus, constantly triggered, we find ourselves in a cycle of rage that …

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