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15 May 2015 » Wamathai

When my vagina was wet and slippery, When it drowned your enormous penis like a ship sinking in an ocean, When it stretched and swallowed all of you, Did you not complain that I am large and wide? Did you not suspect me of sleeping with other men behind your back? When my vagina oozed… Continue reading →

19 March 2015 » Wamathai

I first ‘met’ Grace Ogot through her short story anthology ‘Land Without thunder’ when I was just thirteen years old. I do not remember where I go that book from but I loved how she wrote. At the time, I was on an Enid Blyton “Famous Five” and Francine Pascal’s “Sweet Valley High” series and… Continue reading →

15 July 2014 » Wamathai

Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story entitled ‘My Father’s Head’. She was announced the winner at a dinner held last night at at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Okwiri Oduor is a published author and her novella, The Dream Chasers, was highly commended in the… Continue reading →

07 July 2014 » Wamathai

Ain’t that the way it always starts? – A simple round of conversation Becomes a subtle flirtation A suggestion, an invitation; Torturous tantalization… Hey – What ill wind blew you round my way? What is this game you want to play? All those delicious words you say; Lies – So sweet… Hush, now; settle down… Continue reading →

07 July 2014 » Wamathai

One day, A storm of courage will whirl around me, Its hailstones will hit and wash my fear off, Self doubt and pity will drip from my chest – Like termite walls off a drenched log. On that day, I will hand you these words of wanton want – Torn and worn around the edges,… Continue reading →

07 July 2014 » Wamathai

Fables aren’t hurled at us like missiles, or dumped on us like a rock plummeting into the deep sea, violently, forcefully and without a choice. At least not to me. They float into our lives like a distinctively haunting Aria. Or like an Orchestra that either takes us to a distant place or breathes life… Continue reading →

24 June 2014 » Wamathai

In two days, the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival opens in Washington DC. The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival provides an opportunity for US citizens and the world to experience Kenya’s rich and diverse cultural and natural resources such as Kenyan art, crafts, music and other products. Kenya is the fifth African country and the first in… Continue reading →

28 May 2014 » Wamathai

Last year, Google launched the first nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition in Kenya. Doodle 4 Google (D4G) is a competition in which students are invited to reinvent Google’s homepage logo. To date contests have been run in more than 30 countries all over the world. Kenya’s competition was themed ‘My Kenya’, doodlers and celebrated a… Continue reading →

28 May 2014 » Wamathai

Her vows will be recited before all As she steps into her new role Will it now begin, or is this the end Will he be her master or her friend Rule the house as a queen Or never be heard only seen This merriment is it an illusion Or will they blend with perfect… Continue reading →

17 February 2014 » Wamathai

I did not know what to expect when I picked up Kevin Mwachiro’s Invisible: Stories from Kenya’s queer community’, so I went ahead to satisfy my curiosity after the tasteful launch of the book at the Goethe Institute. The book is a compilation by journalist and activist Kevin Mwachiro of narratives from Kenyan activists on… Continue reading → The post Book Review: Invisible – Stories from Kenya’s queer community By Kevin Mwachiro appeared first on Wamathai.

06 February 2014 » Wamathai

If ever there was a play that missed the mark in my years of watching plays, then it must be Heartstrings latest play Husband for Breakfast. The plot was, at best, harried, devoid of the key ingredients that make up the Heartstrings plays that I have come to know and love: Improvisation, Kenyanness and spot-on… Continue reading → The post The Play ‘Husband for Breakfast’ was a let-down appeared first on Wamathai.

06 February 2014 » Wamathai

(A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place) 11 July, 2000. This is not the right version of events. Hey mum. I was putting my head on her shoulder, that last afternoon before she died. She was lying on her hospital bed. Kenyatta. Intensive Care. Critical Care. There. Because this time I… Continue reading → The post I am a homosexual, Mum appeared first on Wamathai.

02 February 2014 » Wamathai

Writers in Kenya are not paid very well. Poets especially aren’t paid very well. It therefore is a kick in the shin for a newspaper to go ahead and ask poets to pay for their poems to appear in the newspaper. The said callout was by the Nation newspaper. The advert read: “Send a 50… Continue reading → The post Nation is exploiting poets with Valentine’s Day poetry competition appeared first on Wamathai.

07 January 2014 » Wamathai

PAWA 254 is one of the premiere art spaces in the country. Many people know of it, but few know where it is. Getting to PAWA254 is a long journey to me. Located off state house road, getting there from town is literally an uphill task. As exhausting as it is getting there, I like… Continue reading → The post PAWA 254: inspiring social change through art appeared first on Wamathai.

16 December 2013 » Wamathai

Imagine having a friend you can always talk to without spending phone credit, or data bundles, or bus fare to go and meet them. All it takes is a kasuku notebook and a Speedo pen and you can rant all you want. It won’t stop you with impatient glances towards their watch. It won’t criticize… Continue reading → The post Why you should keep a journal appeared first on Wamathai.

25 November 2013 » Wamathai

The 48 Hour Film Project is a challenge that gets filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a movie in just 48 hours. The project that began as a challenge amongst friends about 12 years has grown to arguably be the largest filmmaking competition in the world. This year, Nairobi is among the 125 participating cities… Continue reading → The post The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Nairobi appeared first on Wamathai.

18 November 2013 » Wamathai

You will find all sorts of people in Nairobi and in my opinion, they make the city move. If you go looking for a person with certain traits then you can almost be sure to find them in Nairobi. Some are extroverts who are celebrated for their speech rather than actions while others are great… Continue reading → The post The things that make Nairobi move appeared first on Wamathai.

18 November 2013 » Wamathai

The problem with being a reader is you don’t just read black text against white paper. You read gestures and body language. You read characters and choice of words. You read what is being said and what is not being said. The silence between the words carry on as much weight as the words themselves,… Continue reading → The post The problem with being a reader appeared first on Wamathai.

18 November 2013 » Wamathai

The rage notwithstanding Only to those that can understand The options are many to all and sundry The instance to it is shallow at its best Choice is what can be explored and made worth But the rage is also ignorant Being made ‘wise’ from quarter baked information Petite information is hazardous to mankind Makes… Continue reading → The post The protesting protester appeared first on Wamathai.

18 November 2013 » Wamathai

Ni kama kikohozi, Ndilo nilowasikia wakisema, Magwiji wa sanaa na mistari, Nayo lizidisha kuchemua, Harufu yake ya manukato. Koo liwasha, mikwaruzo- Kukohowa ilibidi, Japo makali kwa vidonge lipunguza; Ama likuwa kama kohozi, Langu kwake penzi. Alinipamba kwa zawadi, Maji moto pia kanipa, Japo kulikausha. Nalo ni kikohozi, Kulificha mie kashindwa. Kumbe mwenzangu, Kwa limau, ‘tungu… Continue reading → The post Ukipenda penda appeared first on Wamathai.

14 November 2013 » Wamathai

Is it just me or is there a guy for every job you need done in Nairobi? You need a device and you’ll be referred to a guy who can get it at the best price. There’s a guy who repairs phones he has never used because he cannot afford them. He has no form… Continue reading → The post Why I am proud of Nairobi appeared first on Wamathai.

12 November 2013 » Wamathai

Nairobi to me is about pushing the limits of creation and innovation. The limits of the imaginable are pushed and just when you think someone can’t get any more creative, they surprise you. Think of Sheng, the language in Nairobi that evolves so fast that you risk using obsolete words if you don’t keep up.… Continue reading → The post What Nairobi is to me appeared first on Wamathai.

12 November 2013 » Wamathai

A while back, some  friends and I went on an out of the city weekend road trip to visit the legendary Lord Egerton Castle in Nakuru. While on our way, I discovered that one of  my friends had carried her copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s  (face book COO)  recent book ‘Lean In’. Inevitably, during our three… Continue reading → The post Why you should read motivational books appeared first on Wamathai.

12 November 2013 » Wamathai

Love is neither appreciated in its complete presence nor complete absence but rather in its lack of presence the black hole that no one can see the empty slot in the shelf full of books the clean square in a thick layer of dust where a photograph once was the empty vase where once stood… Continue reading → The post Negative Space appeared first on Wamathai.

12 November 2013 » Wamathai

The music blared from the speakers placed at strategic parts of the street. The mild movement of the wind did little to drown the smell of liquor. Everyone was having a good time. Adaeze had stepped away for some fresh air when the lights appeared out of the darkness. She recognized the car immediately. What… Continue reading → The post Proof appeared first on Wamathai.

07 November 2013 » Wamathai

‘Play it f**kin loud’ – Bob Dylan Music encapsulates all of life’s experiences. It is form of release, therapeutic. However, certain music raises more questions than answers. We’ve all been culprits of singing along to a certain song without really knowing the meaning of the lyrics. A fresh example is ‘Loliwe’ by Zahara. Quite a… Continue reading → The post Do you understand the song or the beat? appeared first on Wamathai.

07 November 2013 » Wamathai

Hot, stinging tears trickled down her face. She put her hands behind her head and scanned the small crowd that had gathered to witness her predicament. All had been well; a serene afternoon of household shopping at the local supermarket had turned into a nightmare. After two hours of shopping, Atieno walked back to her… Continue reading → The post The Tow Away appeared first on Wamathai.

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