Perspectivating Africa

Perspectivating Africa

06 March 2016 » Perspectivating Africa

the village town rushed to meet me.In;a rushed, round high whirl wind.the folks call it a whistle.The dust handed me the childhood memorieswrapped in a newspaper spreadthe one the president calls  a meat wrapper.After shaking hands with the dustand wiping out some of it that hung on my eyebrowsI saw Juma.Juma is always seated at the naked foundation stoneOn the first turn of the right.He was seated here in March 1996 when I went home For my first midterm break in high schoolIn 2002 during the...

25 November 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

when the wind came he let it blow his shirt, like a balloon.He was listening to something that sounded like a poorly dried leather skin drum. The wind was carrying sounds of beats from a poorly dried animal skin drum.and then he saw it.a silhouette of human trying to rise from the ground.he helped the creature to its feet, it staggered onwards.No word.he rested in the trance.listened to the song of the wind.listened to the beats of the drum.even heard the thud of the creature, falling again....

01 October 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

There was a crack on the front wall of the pigsty. Ugly worms squeezed out.She smiled.She remembered how he kept talking about the past as if it will happen tomorrow.Now he was dead. She looked at his picture one more time, and deleted.He will wander for love, she swore.In the streets, he scoured the books until he found Ken Follet,'s Dangerous fortune.The worms kept squeezing out of the pigsty. She smiled again.

29 September 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

In rainy seasons, the stream between our home and the primary school would screamat night.So loudly, so disturbingly:that the old woman who lived behind the inland churchchanted incantations cursing the orgies in the stream.On arriving at the accident river (named sodue to the souls that got swept awayduring the first world war as men ran awayto avoid being whisked away to go and fight for the queen of England);the stream would go quiet, and villagers would say the river has closed.Ndetema, the...

26 May 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

Her hug warmed my chest as she entangled and said‘nimefikiwa’.I don’t remember her as beautiful, even with my stupor.She was just a plain girl with a spectacular talent.Then swirls and sweeps, bumps and humps, yummy gummy,deep and no eye contact with her crowd.the crowd cheered.She left the stage and came up straight to me, fell on my lap.Nobody noticed. Eyes were already on the next dancer.the next one was round and hot and fake and painted.she asked me, will you come again?I said, yes. She...

13 February 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

AloofPerplexedStupid. I thought she would never think about me.                        Confused                        Losing patience                        Inept. Her heart was in need of water.My remoteness couldn’t read the sign.Then in one cool afternoonI asked her tocome to my place. I freaked out before she could get here.She likes the conservative dress codeironed skirts and white blouses that get washed, foldedand carefully placed at the corner of the suit case.To wait for the Sunday...

09 February 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

Perhaps,For the valentine we can take a walk around the streets of the city in the sun.Red dresses and men with bouquetsRushing to deliver them before they wither,and glasses of red wines, red like blood,filled up along sweet melodies of Celine and ShaniaOr the Coldplay whispering sky full of stars.In those red dresses, red wines and red roses I will show you how love dies.I will remind you that in 2004 I dropped a red roseinto the eternal home of my lovely auntieA painful reality that roses...

27 January 2015 » Perspectivating Africa

TranceTerem terem                     Row row row the boat       dolphin? no, no, a big fishAnd winds carrying  spirits of demons ………fightingFighting against incantations from witchdoctors                     And curses from Pentecostal pastors who behave like Yehova equals.Then the cajoling feeling of a snake licking the thigh of EveSoft tongue, a great feeling……so soft, who wouldn’t love that?                        Terem terem.The jungle                        the jungle where lion is the...

20 December 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

The painful poem,Of a president so dissident, that he signs into lawA bill that illegalizes this painful poemIn the pretext that he is giving Kenyans security.A painful poem that images how the Shabaab must be scoffing usLaughing at us for our cluelessness, carelessness and recklessnessOn matters national.The painful poem that,even the political science professor supports issues because they are CORDor because the issues are Jubilee.Conjuring  demons of thoughtlessness to dine in the library,...

12 October 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

I see her, wincing. The moon wincesat the sun to make sure thathe sinks.Then she emerges with her yellow legs,Dusty feet and a wry smile,Wa’sup world??I meet her, big, round and yellow,She is glad that she doesn’t have to look at usThrough the window, todayShe is big, round and yellow.She walks me to the verandah of the dilapidated houseThe one the owner is a madam Worked with the county council.Madam moon tells me that she feels for herSince she doesn’t have the moneyTo complete it.She saw the...

08 October 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

She crossed River Athi, spit at the water and cursed. She watched her thick saliva dance on the water, a dart she only saw in her basic Chemistry lessons when Mr. Thuita dropped a pinch of sodium into a glass of water.What the f**k was all that education for? After two years in secondary school, which can be summed up to one year for the trips on and off, home, she became a woman. Her chest was inviting, the way the pastor sends invitation cards to village members lost in Nairobi city for a...

23 September 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Makueni CountyIt is very disheartening to see leaders in Makueni County playing “mbambulika” with the people and resources. The calls for resignation of the governor are misplaced as much as they are sinister. I would take Kibwana as the guy on the Mango tree, being blamed for not shaking the tree hard enough for the fruits to pour. The complainers, including the highly overrated Musimba from Kibwezi, are small kids on the ground shouting for him to shake the tree more, to pour even the unripe...

20 August 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

She crossed River Athi, spit at the water and cursed. She watched her thick saliva dance on the water, a dart she only saw in her basic Chemistry lessons when Mr. Thuita dropped a pinch of sodium into a glass of water.What the f**k was all that education for? After two years in secondary school, which can be summed up to one year for the trips on and off, home, she became a woman. Her chest was inviting, the way the pastor sends invitation cards to village members lost in Nairobi city for a...

19 July 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

In the morning they texted, in the evening sextedFed each other lunch, Smiled,Grinned,At the Smartphone screens.On Sundays they knelt for each other at the alabaster,He thanked heavens for the lassie so classy, good assShe looked up for the fellow so well built, so shrewdThey waited for that first night in the moonlight,For the first kiss, on the neck, ears, lips…pure blissOne day the beautiful sun loaned the moon enough lightAnd as the Old Shakespeare would say, “In such a night”,With his back...

17 June 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Man, Isn’t it a bad way to die when a crook with a cock-head hits from back?Spraying bullets at you, Or having to at stare this fellow in the face as he shoots youFirst at the place between your legs, then your tummyWaiting for you to move closer to the wall,Then smears the wall with your head-bloodHe gives Fatuma’s husband, that man who loaned you money to take Amina to form oneThe same dosage, only rougher, more ruthlessly, violently!!Mzee Juma was from the KioskHe had negotiated with the...

13 June 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

One thing the World Cup did was to take the economic worries away from our minds yesterday, I bet Rotich didn't get enough attention. Glad that Rotich aint a lady, right now he'd be whining and complaining that "hatuna time yake". When we were trending with ‪#‎worldcuptencommandments‬ and ‪#‎TeamBrasil‬, Mr Rotich said that the government is planning to spend a whopping 50 trillion Ugandan Shillings, I mean, 50 Trillion f...... Ugandan shillings. That is 1.8 Trillion Kenyan Shillings....

30 May 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

The string connecting the hearts, tight and perilously thinThin, thin and thin, very thinA cup of instant coffee, not real sievable coffee, Then scrotal sacs full of testosterone, full,Livening the affair, the false affair, the imaginary affairThe breasts had hope, of getting suckled, one dayBefore then, a big man suckled them, sometimes bitingCausing the tickle, fueling the heart to beat, one more dayOne more day, one more time, one more beat.Mr. and Mrs. Worked hard, the times were boringIt...

19 May 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

I don't know who invented the name blackspot. This is a place on the road, or may be, along the road, where people find accidents, get accidents and some times die. The funny thing is that almost all blackspots are known and mapped, but accidents and incidents still occur. It is like that defender who knows that C. Ronaldo or Messi will score, and they score.Now to blindspot. This one is a bit tricky. A careless definition would be a place where people go blind, but there i no such a place. For...

19 May 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

PerspectivatingAfrica.: The troubles of a Nairobi hustler: My definition of a hustler is anybody without a jet, without a big car, whose bills are not paid by the tax payer, the guy living between mi...

19 May 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

My definition of a hustler is anybody without a jet, without a big car, whose bills are not paid by the tax payer, the guy living between mind and mouth, always thinking what to eat, where the rent comes from and how will s/he finance his way to the office.Adding some salt on the definition, this hustler is anybody who takes the mat to job especially during the corner of the month.One thing I have come to distaste, as one of the many in this class, or no class, is the rain. A drop of the rain...

02 May 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

I really don't want to be called middle class, ever, never. You see, the Nairobi middle class is a funny group of people, in fact, an imaginary group of people. For simplicity purposes, let's define middle class as that group of people which is not rich and not poor, the guys with an income to afford a house with the wash room inside, the Nairobi middle class.Pressing further, you will find the middle class guy with a contract of more than five years, has a car, servicing a loan till the...

27 April 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Girls, black brown, slim slender, young with fresh flesh zig-zag their way on the platform. Half-dressed, partially undressed, badly dressed, tightly dressed. The oldest is only nineteen, i mean, born in 1995, dreaming of becoming an engineer in future, may be, a pole engineer, if you know what i mean. They swirl their bodies, swing, spin and twist to reveal, yeah, to reveal what their Mama gave them. This happens to the applause and delight of the middle aged men, men who can sire, men...

26 April 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Outside the Family bank Atm the sacks roll. Dirty sacks, soil dirty, mud dirty, filthy dirty, dirty sacks roll and turn. Not potato sacks but sacks with human bodies, pitchy bodies darkened by grease sweat, rarely washed bodies, mildly mobile and frighteningly still. They are bodies of homeless sons of Mumbi, of Mulungu. Somewhere, in the same country, sons of Nyasaye, of Engoro and of Were sleep in the same conditions, perhaps worse conditions, perhaps blacker, of the blackest black....

30 March 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

The hit word in Kenya, for the last thirty days or so, is, austerity. The word can be traced to Greek and Latin languages, with the meaning ‘harsh’ or ‘dry’. It was popularized by David Cameron in 2009 when he termed the age, that age of economic crisis, as age of austerity, or decreased government spending. Further, it was the word of the year for Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 2010 after 250,000 people sought for its meaning on the online dictionary.Okay, I am stressing the origin and the...

14 March 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

I will not resign. The Kenyan donkey does not kick, she utters those words.  Good professor Kaimenyi swore that an internal audit will be carried out and culprits, as you'd expect, brought to book. He also said that he takes the laptop tender with honesty and heavy responsibility. I think, heavy responsibility had literal meaning, because from the look of things, it is very heavy for brainy prof.On the other hand, the house of commons in Kenya, I take the meaning of commons to the exact word,...

27 February 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

For someone who has been glued to a career desk for the better part of the last twelve months, it could only be good luck to get a ride off and out of Nairobi, to the tranquility of the country, to a place where, for the locals, life is punctuated by the journey of the sun, from North to South. How do you explain to a country folk that the upper side where the sun is coming from is the East and that down side is West, tell me, how?We were traveling as a group, seventy five young men and women,...

13 February 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Because......yeah...because1) Because You Have Not Failed EnoughBecause you are comfortable in your mediocrity; because you choose not to try.Because it is easier to talk about learning that new (programming?) language as opposed to actually learning it.Because you think everything is too hard or too complicated so you will just "sit this one out" or maybe you'll "do it tomorrow"!Because you hate your job but won't get a new one; because it is easy to reject rejection.Because while you're...

13 February 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

Look here (sisya vaa)....my friend complains that he is jobless coz he is not connected. The HR professional will always tell you to network network and network, know people, approach people and beg people for a job. They will also teach you how to practice for an interview, how to dress...don't fidget or eat your fingers, so the best you can pretend the better your chances....or so.....Who is the HR...mostly she will be a baby-boomer, closing in to retirement, or at best a late X generation. A...

31 January 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

I bet the sackings done by the governor were a shock, a surprise and a cause of disbelief. Okay, many people, including me, knew that there were some mega procedural and procurement hitches in tendering in the county. Because, and, maybe, we are used to 'it is my time to eat'', we pardoned the guys to continue with their loot. Personally, I have not given much love to the governor, despite, supporting him in the elections.I a previous blog, as the race for general elections heated up, i ran...

06 January 2014 » Perspectivating Africa

For a year that was 36 months long, with days as long as 72 hours and events freaking to the bone, moments higher than Rastafarians' weed moments and others as dreadful as the loss of love, a stock take is fitting, and, befitting.I am always a fan of the Caribbean music. I love the intensity, vibration, love and simplicity of music. My reggae knowledge is so good that i can naturally fit into a group of Jamaican college boys. I, however, found a new love in 2013 in soft rock music and Xfm...

22 December 2013 » Perspectivating Africa

The rain has been beating us for years, even during dry seasons. Our clothes are wet. It will be hard, and subtly unnecessary, to seek to know the time the rain started beating us. The matter of great interest, requiring irrepressible urge to unveil, is why the rain keeps beating us. Us, in this context, is the people of Makueni.The thought of getting swamped in a dry land is remote as much as it is absurd. Pressing the queen's language a little bit more, I'd say the thought is devilish.But,...

25 November 2013 » Perspectivating Africa

Dear Sir,I hope that you are managing alright.I take note of the achievements, thus far. The humanitarian effort to that school in Kibwezi stands out as a moment of resolute leadership. Flatteringly, it was a moment of magic to see you move in with speed and rescue those kids. Honestly, the 'face' of that school was debilitating.I also take note of your resolve to ensure that MCAs didn't run away with our money. Okay, i am pretty aware that you live in two different worlds. (definitely i don't...

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