03:5703:57

The welcome unwelcome guest

The time was 15:00hrs and the sun was high. It was a welcome warmth from the moody weather that had been prevalent all day. I was walking with my girlfriend in town and everyone was staring at us we laughed loud with reckless abandon. Money was tight from the festivities and January bills, still is. [...]

14:2514:25

2015, The year that was!

I don’t know how to behave for big occasions. Christmas, new years, birthdays, graduations, weddings name anything that a huge crowd is involved in celebrating and I will be the unicorn in a world of horses. Hence if I can get a way to escape from it I will gladly do so, which doesn’t happen [...]

06:5006:50

THE UNAVAILABLE MAN

Relationships are like a gourmet dish. You must scout for specific ingredients, put in the effort and endless hours preparing. Long before you serve, the scents invite neighbors. Remember how in ushago your neighbor made Chapati and all kids in the village gathered to play near the home. The unavailable man treats you exactly like [...]

17:2917:29

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD?

It’s wet outside; the windows are misty from the breath of the humans in this house. I sit and stare at each drop as it falls on the grass. Sometimes I have the pleasure of working from home like today. On such days I am so grateful I don’t have to sit in traffic drawing [...]

05:0505:05

LOST IN ANNEX

Dear men, do ask for directions sometimes. Just ask. You will not die. On Sunday evening I was to meet an investigator over the accident we had some time ago in Meru. We were to meet at highlands, corner house. Very convenient for everyone. Or so we thought. We walked in at exactly 4:00pm as [...]

05:3805:38

“ELI”

Rain in Nairobi creates mayhem. It is 5:00 pm and I can hear big drops of water landing on the car park roof. My boss walks in with a prequalification form due the following day at 10:00am. I hate filling these forms it is like watching cows come home for milking every evening. Njeri walks [...]

17:4317:43

CITIES ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED ESPECIALLY NAIROBI

  Nairobi is a great city and I love living here. This love is something that has grown on me it did not just happen. It’s been a journey in this love affair. I remember the first time I came to Nairobi on my own -without an adult. I was from Meru, I bet I [...]

23:0223:02

MIKE’S TORCH BURNS ON

I walked in at 5:10 pm, head held up high and smiling like a millionaire (it’s a running joke among my friends).The meeting was supposed to start at 4:00 pm, in my defense I am very tired of the hurry up and wait syndrome, I am chronically early so to be at par with everyone [...]

08:1408:14

BROKEN FATHERS

I received a message on my Facebook inbox to call him as he had lost my number (thanks Zuckerberg). The last time we talked he had just lost his father. After I called he gave me a lot of grief and of course included the classic Kenyan line, “haki Kendi umenitupa” (Kendi, it’s been a [...]

05:3905:39

SPOKEN WORD

I was starving as I crossed from Koinange Street to Muindi Mbingu street into a restaurant. When I starve in town and I’m alone I normally eat one particular combo: pancake and tea. It’s delicious, huge and insanely cheap (Ksh 110) for tea and pancake. I could even eat two pancakes in one sitting. As [...]

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