Category Archives: Arts and Culture

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives: A Review

I just finished reading The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, seven years since it was first published. The way Lola Shoneyin spun this story, dexterously weaving the words and lines to create events like an experienced weaver bird, is as if the story was meant to awaken lulled noises in your head.  It is difficult to tell whether that Read More


Kenya festivals

Exploring Rusinga: A Hidden Paradise (Part 2)

Now, there seems to be an unwritten edict: a festival without food is no festival at all. And since we were here to celebrate Suba culture, it would have been disappointing to find nothing which could quell my riotous stomach. Definitely, my first stop is at the food tent, where I find all these people with whom we starve in Read More


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Exploring Rusinga: The Hidden Paradise (Part 1)

If there have been efforts of resuscitating the Suba culture before six years ago, then none of them has been as consistent and engaging as #Rusinga Festival. And with each new year, come new experiences for cross-cultural tourists. No one would have guessed that the cultural celebration would survive this long, growing bigger and attracting thousands of people from all Read More


kenya war

Energised Race in the Wrong Direction

Did you hear of the recent race in Venice where the leading pack of athletes, among them favourites from Kenya, who raced like crazy only to realise that they were running in the wrong direction? That’s my visualization of this whole saga that is the fable Kenyan democracy. Only that we have upped our game and instead of running, we Read More


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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the ‘Elusive’ Nobel Peace Prize, and the Politics of Silence

That Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a towering literary and ideological influencer venerated by the world without the Kenyan borders is not contestable. Neither is the fact that he isn’t a divisive nor a uniting figure in Kenya, simply because a larger chunk of the youthful population active in sociopolitical discourse does not identify with him. This important segment of citizenry Read More


kenya MPs

Babu Owino Is a Hero and Should Be Treated As Such

I was dismayed to see Embakasi East MP elect Babu Owino being arrested for calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa. First, I couldn’t make out what exact crime the maverick had committed until I heard he had been charged with subversion. Subversion?  What’s that? How can calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa lead to the fall of a Read More