Becoming

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There are, as Yaz said, conscious people out there. Before June I believed such people were isolated cases separated by hills, ridges, rivers and seas. I came to be proven wrong. From a sampling of nine other young people from around the world, I learnt a great deal. This internship was a phase in my life where I experienced the process of becoming. Each week, reading articles from my nine fellows, I sort of resonated and empathized and in the end, regarded each as a compatriot. Hannah and her...


Inspire with Waithira Kinyanjui: Questions of Life

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We walk around every day, past hawkers selling their wares, newspaper vendors, taxi men, our neighbours and their houses. We observe these people around us, judge and make conclusions on face value. I decided to take a walk around, visit an old lady nearby. I assumed, based on my face-value judgement, that I would find her asleep – enjoying her afternoon siesta. I found her staring at a paperback: “The Shadow of Solomon” by Laurence Gardner. She works at a tertiary college in Kenya as...


Solving My Blues

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This post was written in collaboration with Sonia Kavene White lights Street fights Blinking, outright. It’s out at night Dark alleys Hidden valleys Lost souls. Water filled gullies Empty streets Fast cars Humans breathing under sheets. Souls scarred, Under sacks too short for their feet Bared knees Calling to clad: “Cover me!” Skin, darkened and sad. Teetering on heels That echo like peckers on trees Walking...


Musings

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Day Six I woke up and decided to go the park near home. At the entrance I met her. “Arrgh!” I wanted to be alone today. A family of monkeys was playing in the canopy I like. I decided to seat on the dewy grass. I like how the water soaks up one’s clothes. I also like the feeling of damp cloth on my skin when I get up from there. “Do you think the monkeys know they are naked?” she asked. I laughed. Day Seventeen I found myself at a ranch. My parents are loo...


When

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When the lights go off but it's alright When you stay in your own bed all night, When wives’ tales and old myths are just that - old myths and wives’ tales: When you learn not to pick your nose And how not to dirty your clothes To sit still, Through an entire meal When you can tie your own shoes And pick up on social cues Or learn to read the time And notice when things rhyme When you remember to wash your ears And to use words instead of tears When you brush...


Nursery

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The memories came to him in a dazzling flood, almost sweeping him off his feet. He was standing there, at a staircase he had first seen as a child of three. The steps seemed less far apart. From what he remembered, it used to take three steps of his tiny feet to complete each landing. Had they shrunk? He tried descending the steps, watching his feet all the while. One of his strides could cover two steps with ease. The hedge that enclosed the compound seemed short. A hedge th...


Boy Blue

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She walked in behind him. She much liked to stare at the ground while walking. Her mother said she slouched. Her mother also made it known to her that she thought that her esteem was low. She just did not want to step on gum, that’s all. He wore blue. A faded blue tee covered by a denim sleeveless coat. Blue jeans, ripped at the knees. A blue cap sat on his hairless head, slanting in a crooked, almost lifeless way. He was staring at the ground too…Or was he staring at his also bl...


Fleeting Moments

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There were cars parked. Sometimes I would wake up in the wee hours of the morning, bladder full, and head straight to the washroom. The frosted glass window has, since I turned thirteen, been within reach. In the process of relieving myself I would stretch one of my arms out and prop it open. I liked, and still do, the gust of chilly morning air. For some reason, it does not chase away my sleep. I had to stand on the tip of my toes to see what lurked in the gathering light....


Walls

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Walls. Walls of houses. Fences. Fences with bougainvillea entwined. A road. A road with vehicles passing. I stand behind one of the walls. A square hole in front of me lets light in. The space within the three walls outside my scope of vision is bright with sunlight. It’s called a room, this enclosure; brought together by the meeting among four walls. Four posters surround a mattress. Laid on wood and draped in sheets. It’s called a bed. At night, sometimes not really at night,...


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  • Mwaniki Nyaga

    I am Mwaniki Nyaga. Currently a Computer Science student at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. I write to paint pictures in reader’s minds and pull out questions from within themselves.


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