AT THE PLACE OF SURRENDER (PART 1)

So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat. (1 Samuel 1:6-7 NLT) “Oh no, sir!” … Read more

THERE’S NO QUOTATION FOR LOVE       

I know you’re already thinking about Covid variant Omicron, or maybe Christmas and here I am entertaining thoughts of love. Yes that love that ukambani sun scorched out of Lilian and Alfred, I won’t use a title on the latter, love dishonors all titles. I digest matters slowly so it’s today that I thought of … Read more

The Fair Weather Christians

I love a good warm weather that doesn’t inhibit my activities; one that doesn’t affect my mood in any way. But again there are different ways of dressing as the weather changes, maybe I fear changes, I should get used to the changing weather and the micro climates that have intruded the kinds of climates we learnt … Read more

WHY ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED?

There is this  picture of a young lady with all her belongings on her head going to get married.  It reminds me of a scenario I was in 9 years ago. It’s nostalgic or is it a disturbia! My childhood friend Akinyi is carrying a huge Nigerian bag, she jumps over a pool of water … Read more

IT’S OKAY TO RECEIVE    

“You didn’t have to trouble yourself” “Don’t worry I’m ok” “I can handle it on my own” “I didn’t want to trouble you? “You’ve done enough” “Niko poa, worry not” “It’s nothing out of space” “You didn’t have to go through that for me” “Am cool without it, it ain’t a necessity, but thank you” … Read more

EXPECTATIONS

From early 2019 I developed an interest in mental health for myself. I would encounter the words “lower your expectations” displayed on literatures and spoken by those who knew its meaning. Well, I brushed it off as nonsense, there’s no way a Kenyan sister, brother, father, mother, daughter or son gonna expect nothing from their … Read more

Cover them and shut up!

So this morning my daughter decides not to give a damn and displays herself in such a state of “its up to you; what you do with this scene”. The brother notices and is already in a laughing spree, “Mummy ona Ella” The brother has such a laughter sandwiched with mockery and wit, the one … Read more

Forgiving Self

Back in high school I had a mathematics book nicely covered by a plastic wrap, underneath was a magazine. The latter had a nice drawing of a well-rounded lady with a huge round load on her head. But the mama was beautiful in every African aspect; I wonder how it got to be on this … Read more

THE COMFORT OF SILENCE IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS

It is noble and highly expected of humans to keep their shits together. Not wash their dirty linen in public and smile for the camera. Am reminded of the movie Madagascar, the leader of the penguins telling his troop, “just smile and wave, smile and wave” (input black American accent) So we learn to infuse … Read more

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY?    

I confess I have been a prisoner to this statement for many years. I have not written for some time now as a result of the same statement, like I haven’t even journaled privately, it’s like this same statement became a being; such that it even holds my pen, it makes my hands tremble, my … Read more