Two Sentences

Being a child is living but children think it is surviving. Adults act like they are okay, that they are living, but deep down they know that being an adult is surviving.

Me, Myself & I

On Thursday, this past week — the week that The Pharaohs were sent home while still at home by Bafana Bafana— I had a banter over Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) with two coursemates. —Nairobi is my favorite character. —Why? Because the name is our capital city? —Nooo…she is the one that holds the…

Now or Never

When a person tells me, “I want to give my children a better life. A much better life than my parents gave me.”, this better life meaning a financially better life, I become worried. Because the next generation, our children, will be the most depressed generation yet. And money alone, will not work for them….

Nyakati Zetu

Ushai lamba lolo Lamba lolo Lamba lolo Ushai lamba lolo And what a way to be motivated in this city on my way to work. It is forty five minutes past five in the a.m. according to the city clock along the Uhuru Highway. If Uhuru, the president, receives a call: Caller: Where are you?…

Dear Dad,

Sometimes the clothes don’t make the man. Sometimes the three piece suit does not make Baba Kendi. Sometimes the two piece suit that shines like an aluminium foil does not make Baba Omondi. Sometimes the once white but now brownish coat does not make Baba Njeri wa mutura. Sometimes the maroon tout uniform does not…

It Is Well

I have attended a couple of funerals. Most being of people I do not know. The number of times I interacted with them, all summed up, ought to be less than 24 hours. Each time I sit on a church’s pew or under a tent, I watch intently as the family and friends of the…

Key & Hole

I want heavenly sex when I marry! Before he specified the kind of pekejeng he wanted, I had narrated to him and another male friend the story — God & Children — which is part of the series, Men & Marriage on Bikozulu. His sudden outburst was prompted after I narrated this part of the story:…

Men Don’t Talk

Certain locations, scenes and phrases have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes Thursday 2, May 2019 Kirinyaga County St. Michael Catholic Church Kiamaina 11:15 a.m “We are gathered today to bid farewell to our beloved brother. A man we all loved. So, at this juncture I would kindly ask his dear family and friends to lead…

Us & Us

You give birth. No, before giving birth, you search for a house help. She has to be mature enough to take care of children. You prefer someone with kids. They are responsible, you say. One who is not easy on the eyes — sura pasono. Your are solely the one to keep your bed warm….

Beautiful Little Fool

I’m leaning on my car at my daughter’s school compound. She’s been away for five days. From the letter wrote to us parents, the heading read, “The Eights Annual Trip Getaway”. You do not write getaway in a letter that should be read by a ’60s parent. A parent who on his first day at…