Nairobi’s Dating Culture and Other Extreme Sports

(Pictured: lover’s bridge- Paris) I was scrolling through Twitter a couple of weeks ago, (yes i am part of the twitterati as we are called- but don’t let that taint your opinion of my writing. Also Twitter does have the power for social good!) and saw a tweet that said something about dating in Nairobi…

The Celebration and the Exclusion of Nairobi’s Start-ups

(Photo cred: Mutua Matheka) I have been baking for as long as I can remember. At age six or seven, i recall sitting atop the kitchen counter watching my mother bake as drool lingered on the corner of my mouth. Dying to stick my not-so-clean finger and lick the bowl as tradition demands. By the…

Policing Women’s Bodies

This is a post that is long overdue. A post I’ve been wanting to write about for so long it has simmered in my soul and slowly, but unintentionally i have unwittingly become indifferent about it. But i refuse to remain quiet about it for much longer. Maybe this post will get reads… and maybe…

Lingua Franca

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” – Frantz Fanon   My heart thumping loudly against my chest, I looked around the noisy hum of the dining hall contemplating where to sit. I noticed a group of girls seated on the far end of the room and…

Office Desks Are Where Dreams Go To Die

(Photo cred: Mutua Matheka) Unless of course you love the ‘thrill’- and sleeplessness that comes with the corporate world. Or you genuinely found employment that fulfills you; financially and spiritually/mentally. Then this post is probably not for you. But read on if you like. From a really young age, i had a deep unexplainable repulsion…

The Car-Centric city

It’s a Monday morning…no it’s a Wednesday evening…. or a Saturday afternoon. Regardless of the time, day, weather or month, Nairobians are bundled up in their individual cars. Hiding behind dark-as-night tint; with the windows rolled up tight. Not for safety but because we thrive on existing in our own bubbles. Shut away from the…