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Published: 4 months 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: 10 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: 11 months ago

Understanding this Political Season’s Top Musical Hits: Tibim Bindu Bichenjaga

  In part 1 of this two part series Alexander Ikawah takes us through campaign music and what it says about us, who we are and where we are. Look out for part 2 next week.  Each political season campaign trucks drive around town blaring …

Published: 2 years ago

A Question on Community

There is community everywhere. You have your social media community, work community, school community et cetera. And these communal areas have certain codes. Some rules are spoken, most are unspoken but generally people know what to do (which is, needless to say, also organized …

Published: 2 years ago

Creating Others: A Two Story Dialogue

This essay was taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, Ha!Kuna Matata, which is on security in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. Ed: Today we are running two essays. Both of these essays are from the same book and …

Published: 3 years ago

I Quit!

by Patrick Gathara Editor’s note: this following piece was first published in 2011. Still, it continues. On my way to work today, I had an epiphany. As I sat in one of the unending traffic jams that have become part of the daily ritual …

Published: 3 years ago

Having Given it Little Thought

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are – Anais Nin. It was 1961 when Anais Nin gave us these words. ‘The Seduction of the Minotaur’ shows a strong sense of psychoanalysis. It talks about how Lillian studies …

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