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Quote of the week-by Chimamanda

May 28, 2015
on likeability by chimamanda

on likeability by chimamanda

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Gorilla Trekking In Uganda with Africa Adventure Safaris

May 23, 2015

Gorilla Trekking In Uganda with Africa Adventure Safaris.

Tribulations of a book hoarder

May 22, 2015
That's what's up

That’s what’s up

UBUNTU FIREPLACE BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE

April 30, 2015
Ubuntu Fireplace Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Ubuntu Fireplace Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Come join us for a night of spoken word poetry, live music and dance at the Kuona Trust Art Center in Nairobi, Kenya on May 9 2015. An unforgettable Bob Marley Tribute night with Nazizi, Poetic Bee, Noni, Raya Wambui, Ayrosh Collo, Mose the drumist, Happy Gachago, Lele Band, Bensoul and yours truly Eudiah.

You will not only be supporting local talent but also the Malaika KIds with special needs in Maai Mahiu,Kenya.

Something new- an excerpt

April 23, 2015

This is from a novella I am currently working on. I last shared it with prose-lovers at the Sunday Salon in Kengeles-Lavington Green, Nairobi. Your feedback is most welcome.

Media house offices are always quiet and clean in the early morning. Only three of my fellow reporters had arrived; James Wairi, a tall, dark brown business reporter whose nick-name was Mrefu. Nelly, who was the Personal Assistant to my boss’ Janet. She was always here before everyone else. I recall the first time I ever spoke to her. I got to the office earlier than usual, finding her deep in prayer. I mean loud prayer. I think she had her imaginary assembly of church goers right there with her that morning.

Then there was Mikey. He was the in-house cartoonist. This guy looked so raggedy you would be forgiven for thinking he was a homeless guy brought in to tell his story. Maybe he was homeless. Or maybe his wife always kicked him out of the house before daylight. Maybe he never went home at night. He always looked haggard and hangover. No one really knew. Still, he did some amazing cartoons.

Mikey looked up from his Sketch Book. “Morning?” he waved.

“Morning Mikey!” How could he look like that on a whole Monday morning?

“Laid this weekend?” He winked.

Nelly and James looked at me questioningly.

“Laid out by the poolside,” I retorted, walking towards my desk.

James said something that sounded like ‘lucky ass!’-I didn’t really hear.

I was early today. Not because I wanted to. No! I was early because I had set my mind into discovering what I sensed would be my next big challenge. I went into the Daily Vibe archives to go through past newspaper editions with ‘juicy’ crime headlines.

The most recent I held read: ’30 women held naked in house of shame’. The one below that one read; ‘Keep off! Janet Atwal answers back estranged Nigerian husband who accused her last week of seizing Kshs. 200M worth of family property: It’s all my money, she says.’

A lot of catchy headlines were available for me to check out. I spent the next one hour in the archives, deeply engrossed in all that drama. The words taking me to places I thought only existed in the movies.

I looked at my watch, it was ten past nine. I needed to head back to my desk, and then see my boss Janet about my stories for the day.

She was on the phone when I walked into her office. She motioned me in. Janet was in a good mood today. First, unlike most Mondays’, she wasn’t wearing a red or pink shirt. Whenever she wore a red or pink shirt, we’d always know there was going to be trouble. Presently, she was wearing a dark blue trouser suit, light blue shirt and a stripped tie.

“Morning? Did you think about what I told you?” She posed, even before I had responded to her good morning greeting.

“Yes! I’ve been going through past editions and I …” She cut me off. She rose from her seat and walked over to the grey metal cabinet she always locked. Janet opened one of the shelves, searched through them and produced a small green file marked ‘MONKEYS‘.

She asked me to go through the documents in ten minutes then come back and see her.

“Listen, about Friday….”

“Tell me about Friday when you go through those articles.” She took her seat behind her desk.

I practically ran back to my desk. The first part of the file had articles about national crimes. The second part, separated by a luminous manila paper, held articles with her by-lines. Fifteen minutes later, I was back at her office.

“What do the articles have in common?” She asked. She did not even look up to face me.

“The inverted pyramid.” I tried. All news stories had this.

“What about the crimes?”

“Organized?,” I responded. Half question half answer.

“That’s the kind of stuff I want you to follow. Do you think you have the guts to follow the leads to the very end?” Janet was now looking at me straight in the eye.

I wanted to try something new and challenging, I just wasn’t sure this was it.

“Yes! I can”. Mama always said that I should never say the ‘I can’t’ words.

“Now tell me about Friday…” Her tone changed, more casual now.

Quote of the week

April 16, 2015

Women have been boxed to a corner. When they offer themselves for leadership, men tell them to run for that special seat, as though they do not qualify for other positions. I believe that if women are empowered economically, men will be the ones calling for affirmative action.”- Peris Tobiko, Kenya’s first Maasai woman elected to Parliament.

yes we can

yes we can

A first mama’s journey; my 2014 memories

April 8, 2015
My baby Nanu

My baby

The news: Early in the year, I learn that I will soon be a mother. As much as nausea and heart-burn is the order of my days, there is nothing that excites me more. I have always wanted (and prayed for) a mini me.

Surprise! Surprise!: A surprise baby shower (by family) makes such a huge difference. “This is really happening. I will soon be a mom and he/she has people who love her as much as I do; so much so that they went out of their way for this!”

Pregnant in July

Pregnant in July

Flutters you can see: Everytime you are ready for the ultra-sound, you pray that she’s growing well. At first I am told it’s a boy. I later learn that it’s a girl. “She is quite the active one,“ I’m told. Soon after, she starts to kick so fast and hard, it is unbelievable!

Doula class: This two-day birth preparation class gives my confidence a big boost. I am ready to try a natural birth.

Fitness: I enjoy walking, swimming and yoga ‘til the last minute. I take a break from martial arts and aerobics.

Travel: These Nairobi potholes and crazy drivers make everyday community uncomfortable.
I also haven’t really travelled (Out of town) this year-very unlike me.

Maternity leave: Baby is almost here so its time for me to take a break from my 8 to 5 and go nest. I have so much I plan to do in the three months I will be home.

Another baby shower: This time, it is girl-friends. Pilau, wine, MJ and toys-talk with no drama (fights) like in previous parties I’ve hosted.

D. Day: After major anxiety and intense back pain, baby is finally here 😉 I only stay one day at the hospital.

Playtime

Playtime

Next three months: It’s not as easy as I thought, especially breastfeeding… Baby and I are getting to know each other but I constantly worry and wonder ‘is she getting enough milk? Enough sleep?’ etc. There is so much I don’t know but learn as we grow-together. One thing I now see is that I was well-prepared for the birth, but not for everything else thereafter. Whoever said ‘sleep like a baby’ was too far from the truth. Maybe later?

Oh and the three months leave is very short when you are a mom!

love love

love love

The moments; second half of my year 2013

February 13, 2015

August: I joined a bunch of bikers for the Narok Motorcycle Ride 2013. The event (a partnership between the Outriders Association of Kenya and the Olmarei Lang Self-Help Organisation), is an annual fundraising event to help vulnerable children in the area. The ride from Karen to Narok was supberb, so was meeting musicians such as Ole Pakuo and the Maasai Warriors, bikers, bike lovers and the Narok kids (who taught me how to use tree branches to swing from tree to tree 🙂

with kids from Suswa, Narok

with kids from Suswa, Narok

with fellow writers at the Storymoja Hay Festival

with fellow writers at the Storymoja Hay Festival

September: I attend the Storymoja Hay Festival at the Nairobi National Museum.I loved watching the play version of Muthoni Garland’s book ‘Attack of the shidas’ dramatized by The Theatre company, the Fab Lab Robotics by University of Nairobi students, the read aloud and the art session by Dayan Masinde. It was during sex therapist Getrude Mungai’s session that I heard the news about the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall. Sadly, Ghanain Prof. Kofi Awoonor (who had travelled to Nairobi to attend the festival) was killed here. The festival had to came to an end. This is the month that I also began a series of interviews that will lead to an adventure memoir. While undertaking these interviews, I realize how little I know about my country and continent as a whole. I am challenged to explore more deeply even before I venture outside. October: I move house and host my first every girls-only housewarming. I also visit Wajee Nature Park in Mukurwe-ini, where I learn about culture, birds and trees.

At Wajee Nature Park

At Wajee Nature Park

November: Hardest month ever. Someone very dear to me becomes a victim of Nairobi’s reckless drivers. It’s going to be a while before we get back to biking again. So much for getting a scooter; not sure when I will learn how to ride.

River Sabaki meets Indian Ocean

River Sabaki meets Indian Ocean

December: Holiday at the Mwembe Resort in Malindi, thanks to a girlfriend’s investment in the Baobab Mwembe Village. It’s an all girl’s time-out and damn…It is epic! WE chill out at Rosada Beach too, go clubbing, dinner at Old man and the sea and go out of our way to see where River Sabaki meets the Indian Ocean. Going to the Maasai Mara was mind-blowing. I spend the week at the Maasai-guarded Wajee Mara Camp where we could hear the hyenas right outside our tents, chat til’ the a.m around a warming born-fire sipping gin and tonic. I will never forget the smells, sounds and sights of the Mara National Park; out snacks being snatched by the wild animals, having to stay still as the lions crossed our paths, watching a snake swallow a full antelope, mingling with the visiting families from all over the world and learning so much about the wild.

masai mara lion

masai mara lion

5 Best Experiences in Antarctica

February 13, 2015

Loved this!

The Moments; first half of my year 2013

August 15, 2013

What you want is a sharp eye towards your fellow humans-one that is piercing, objective, and nonjudgmental-the 50th Law

January: Recovery. Everything is slower than ever. Everyone is waiting to see how the elections go.

birthday presents

birthday presents

February:-Beginning of the year for me; It is my birthday month you see. For the first time I get a birthday cake, lotsa cute girly presents and I’m taken to Caribana Whisky & Cocktail Bar.

I especially like the ‘smoking’ strawberry cocktail mmmm….

Dinner at Caribana Whisky and Cocktail Bar

Dinner at Caribana Whisky and Cocktail Bar

-I do not miss Poet Stacey Ann Chin’s performance  at the Southern Sun Mayfair. Had to get the book after she read from it.What a cute lil’ bundle of joy she has.

Book signing-StaceyAnn Chin with her daughter

Book signing-StaceyAnn Chin with her daughter

-I attend the Kite Festival at the Jockey Club, Ngong Race Course and get to fly a kite for the first time in my life 😉 Looking forward to kite-surfing maybe?

kite-flying for first time

kite-flying for first time

-My good friends Scotch aka Garfield (in purple) and Sue aka ‘Muguruki’ (left) finally go visit my mum. She does not understand why we call her  ‘Muguruki’ (means crazy one) coz she is the best!

ma pals

ma pals

 

March:

-I’m at iclub in the City Center (Nairobi) when the ruling regarding the 2013 Kenya  elections is made. The protests are going on right under our noses and gun-shots are flying all around us.

After the elections at iclub, Nairobi

After the elections at iclub, Nairobi

-I get to interview top 2012 KCPE pupils ‘called to’ Alliance Girls, Lenana School, Starehe Boys Center and Precious Blood Secondary School for a BINGWA Magazine story. I establish the one thing they all have in common.

The kids submissions BINGWA Magazine gets

The kids submissions BINGWA Magazine gets

-At Laico Regency (Nairobi), we introduce the BINGWA Magazine project to organizations championing the interests of African children http://bit.ly/Xn6kkm 

April: Holiday at Voyager Beach Resort (Mombasa). There’s a great offer when my friend and I go there. I especially love the all you can eat and drink (alcohol) part and drifting in and out of sleep with the sounds of the waves. The hyperactive soul I am can’t just ‘bum’, so we end up playing (and teaching kids) endless games of table tennis and darts in the evening.

playing darts

Playing darts at Voyager Beach Resort

-We take a road trip to Malindi. A careless driver bumps into us from behind and overtakes us. We later witness the same car flying in the air infront of us and landing in the bush. The driver and his shaken son escape with slight bruises and we drive them to Watamu. He says he was driving that fast to see a sick loved one in hospital before she passes on :(. It’s drizzling and the road is slippery.

We finally arrive at the amazing Mwembe Resort in Malindi. The Baobab Mwembe Village   http://www.theafricancollection.net/  is an investment worth considering.

Mwembe Resort, Malindi

Mwembe Resort, Malindi

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, Naivasha

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, Naivasha 

May: –I attend Changing Faces, Changing Spaces (CFCS !V) for the first time. I’m both overwhelmed and intrigued by the organizing happening around Africa. Even more amazing is the venue, the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha; beauty in the bush…so inspired.

June/July:-Renowned theatre director and star actress Mumbi Kaigwa, offers me a part (as an Understudy) to act in ‘For coloured girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf’ by Ntozake Shange.

love like sisters-rehearsals at Pawa 254 photo by Mumbe

love like sisters-rehearsals at Pawa 254 photo by Mumbe

This is my debut in a Kenyan theatre and wow! It’s eye-opening.

me at seven years of age

me at seven years of age

-Found a photo of me at 7 years of age. Haki I look extra bubbly. My parents say I was so outspoken and loud. I wonder what happened to her.

 

Outriding: I’m a great fan of bikes and want one soonest so I go outriding with a bunch of bikers to Nakuru.

biking in Nakuru, Kenya

biking in Nakuru, Kenya

The extreme speed, views of the rolling hills away from the city, sharing of biking stories, dirty Kikuyu jokes, dancing and drinking are still fresh in ma minds eye. Second time I was hearing guys admitting to checking out each others’ sizes in the gents.

 

Books: That first half would be nothing without these books;

A red dress by Liz Cowley

A red dress by Liz Cowley

A red dress and other poems by Liz Cowley: Each of her pieces leaves me laughing in the end. (A friend bought this one for me in London).

The 50th Law

The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

The 50th Law by Rapper 50 Cent and Robert Greene: Fearless is who we are!

-The other side of paradise by Stacey Ann Chin: ‘What a life,’ is all I can say.

The other side of paradise by StaceyAnn Chin

The other side of paradise by StaceyAnn Chin

Words: The hustler’s every waking hour is lived with both the practical and the subconscious knowledge that if he ever relaxes, if he ever slows down, the other hungry, restless foxes, ferrets, wolves, and vultures out there with him won’t hesitate to make him their prey-Malcolm X

August: These flowers just brightened up my ordinary day at the office. Thank you, you know yourself!

flowers today

brighten up ma day

 


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